Lyle Workman is an American guitarist, composer and music producer. His music has been widely distributed since his debut on the eponymous Bourgeois Tagg album in 1986, and is currently best known for his work as composer and bandleader for the Superbad soundtrack.
Lyle's formative years as a guitarist were in San Jose, California. He attended Branham Senior High School in San Jose which he graduated from in 1975. His early musical influences came from "Genesis", "Steve Hackett", "The Who", "Led Zeppelin", and "Jethro Tull" among others.
Workman is also credited as composer for the hit comedy 40-Year Old Virgin, and the Jon Favreau film Made. He contributed on guitar and other instruments on soundtracks to The Skeleton Key, Two For The Money, In Good Company, Starsky and Hutch, Old School, and both Charlie's Angels and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle.
His work on the Superbad soundtrack has earned critical acclaim.
Workman released his first instrumental "solo" album, Purple Passages, in 1996, and was well reviewed among musicians with XTC's Dave Gregory calling Workman "a musician of consummate skill, creativity and taste". His second solo album, Tabula Rasa (2001), has also received rave reviews.
Workman is also known to Todd Rundgren fans as the lead guitarist on Rundgren's albums Nearly Human and 2nd Wind. Beck's live audiences saw Workman perform as the lead guitarist on Beck's tours from 1999 to 2001, and Workman toured with Sting on 2006's Broken Music Tour, and performed with him at Live 8. He has also worked extensively with Frank Black, and has worked as a studio musician in Los Angeles in both Jingles and as a studio musician on many rock and pop albums.
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