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Lyle Lovett

Live in Texas – 1999 (Curb)

Reviewed by Jeffrey B. Remz

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Lyle Lovett has long evoked praise for his musical wit and wisdom, equally adept at country as his more jazz leanings. On this 14-song set recorded in 1995, Lovett showcases his ultra-large band running through many of his finest songs. He's not afraid to poke a little fun at his native Lone Star state ("That's Right (You're Not From Texas)") or marital "bliss" with the ever humorous "She's No Lady" where the woman does the talking.

The playing as usual is superb with such standouts as Andrea Zonn on fiddle and Matt Rollings on piano and keyboards and stalwart John Hagen on cello. Lovett always gives his band room to move.

Fortunately, Lovett keeps his patter to a minimum. While funny live, it would not have worn thin on disc. There is nothing trail blazing here. If unfamiliar with Lovett, this is a good intro to his country side. If well versed, you've heard it all before and can further appreciate what a class act Lovett has been throughout his career.