Elmore Magazine Reviews Lyle Lovett's Newest Album, "Release Me"
Elmore Magazine had the privilege of reviewing Lyle Lovett's newest album, Release Me.
Lyle Lovett is once again predictably unpredictable. Consider that while Release Me, his 14th album, includes four of his own songs, it also draws from such diverse songwriters as Chuck Berry, Townes Van Zandt and Martin Luther. This four time Grammy winner and Texas A&M graduate was named the 2011 Texas State Musician. Born near Houston in 1957, Lovett's interest in music emerged during college, where he wrote songs, performed locally and occasionally collaborated with fellow "aggie" Robert Earl Keen.
Release Me's title track deserves to be the "go to" rendition of this country classic. Among the stellar supporting musicians are K.D. Lang's harmonizing vocals, Sam Bush's mandolin, Paul Franklin's steel guitar and Stuart Duncan's fiddle. It represents a much needed update to a standard with just the right amount of twang. The Jesse Winchester penned "Isn't That So" is given a gospel flair by Lovett's Large Band, including brass and reeds along with four backup singers.
Townes Van Zandt's White Freightliner Blues" provides an opportunity for several band members to stretch their vocal chords as well as display their instrumental skills on blistering solos. Particularly impressive is Matt Rollings' piano. Lovett's "The Girl With The Holiday Smile" is a swinging talk of an encounter with a hooker in the grocery store at Christmas Time. Even Martin Luther's "Keep Us Steadfast" is a nice change of pace, if only to hear John Hagen's cello. This album has something for everyone to enjoy!
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