Lovett's first album in 10 year "12th of June," coming out 13th of May
Thursday, March 31, 2022 – Lyle Lovett will release his first new album in 10 years, "12th of June," on May 13 on Verve Records.
Produced by Chuck Ainlay and Lovett, "12th of June" features a mix of new originals, standards by Nat King Cole and Dave Frishberg, and a Horace Silver instrumental, representing Lovett's live performances with his Large Band. Lovett fuses jazz, country, western swing, folk, gospel and blues.
Lovett released the first single and album title track today, alongside a video featuring footage from the studio recording sessions.
Lovett's last disc was "Release Me" in 2012
Lovett is set for an extensive 2022 tour with his Large Band in addition to co-headlining dates with Chris Isaak. Kicking off with four nights at City Winery-Pier57 in New York City the week of the album release, Lovett and his Large Band will make further stops throughout the country this summer including at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Col., the Wolf Trap Filene Center in Vienna, Va, and the Grand Ole Opry House.
The tracking list for 12th of June" is:
1 .Cookin At the Continental
2. Pants Is Overrated
3. Straighten Up And Fly Right
4. Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You
5. Peel Me A Grape
6. Her Loving Man
7. 12th of June
8. Pig Meat Man
9. The Mocking Ones
10. Are We Dancing
11. On A Winters Morning
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