Lyle Lovett Featured in The New York Times
An except from The New York Times review of Lyle's recent show:
Just about every song came with a back story when Lyle Lovett performed at the Concert Hall at the New York Society for Ethical Culture on Tuesday night. He was introducing his new album, “Release Me” (Curb/Lost Highway). Its title track is the country standard, but the album also releases Mr. Lovett from the label he started recording for in 1986.
But Mr. Lovett wouldn’t let a concert go by without also invoking blues, gospel (in the falsetto backup vocals of Arnold McCuller), rock, country, Tin Pan Alley (a tart-and-sweet duet with Kat Edmondson in “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”) and jazz, bringing Hot Club swing to his own “That’s Right (You’re Not From Texas),” with sinuous solos from Keith Sewell on guitar, Viktor Krauss on bass and Luke Bulla on violin. At times the echoey concert hall fought the delicacy of the music; when the drummer Russ Kunkel wasn’t using brushes, his terse snare-drum accents could hit like a slap in the face.
Mr. Lovett did get around to some more of his own songs, including the kindly new “Night’s Lullaby,” with harmonies from the Watkins siblings. But for this concert Mr. Lovett was the genial, modest voice of what, back in 1986, no one was yet calling a social network.
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