Music and Musicians Feature Lyle Lovett "Release Me"
Music and Musicians reviewed Lyle Lovett's "Release Me"
"Release Me" marks the end of Lyle Lovett's career-long run with Curb Records- his first signed with the label in 1985, at the age of 28. While its hodgepodge of holiday songs, covers, duets, ballads, rockers, swing, bluegrass and even instrumental initially smacks of randomness, it also points toward the open minded eclecticism that has sustained Lovett throughout his career. He has never been a conventional country singer, nor has he fit comfortably with his fellow Texan singer-songwriters-weather-beaten troubadours like Guy Clark and the late Townes Van Zandt (even though he's often recorded their songs). His unpredictability and willingness to extend his reach has kept Lovett's material fresh and, this new collection works precisely because of its willy-nilly nature.
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