Lyle Lovett

Release Me (Curb / Lost Highway)

Phases & Stages

Lyle Lovett

Release Me (Curb/Lost Highway)

The cover image of Lyle Lovett roped head to toe and the title of his 11th album are a gentle poke at the only record label the continental Texan has called home. After more than 25 years, Release Me is his last for Curb Records. While not overtly summing up his celebrated career to this point, the disc does reflect the country, folk, gospel, and pop styles he's explored so genially and genuinely. It begins with a traditional instrumental, hoedown "Garfield's Blackberry Blossom," and closes with a Martin Luther hymn, "Keep Us Steadfast," and in between ripples the timeless craft of Chuck Berry, Jesse Winchester, Townes Van Zandt, and Frank Loesser. Lovett penned only two of the LP's 14 songs, and his arrangement of the sleepy blues "One Way Gal" doesn't seem up to his usual high standards, so perhaps he's holding back material for whatever comes next. Even if that's true, his trademark big-band singer-songwriter acumen is splendidly arranged and performed in a manner equivalent to Lovett's high-class reputation.


A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More Lyle Lovett
Off the Record
Off the Record
Music News

Austin Powell, Nov. 12, 2010

Texas Platters
Lyle Lovett
Natural Forces (Record Review)

Jim Caligiuri, Oct. 23, 2009

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
Guy Forsyth & Jeska Bailey
Conspirators (Record Review)

Reid Jowers, Sept. 27, 2019

Texas Platters
The Texas Horns
Get Here Quick (Record Review)

Jay Trachtenberg, Sept. 20, 2019

More by Jim Caligiuri
Carrie Elkin’s Life-and-Death Folk
Carrie Elkin’s Life-and-Death Folk
Her father's death and daughter's birth upped the stakes of the singer's finest work

April 14, 2017

SXSW Music Live: Richard Barone Presents Greenwich Village in the Sixties
SXSW Music Live: Richard Barone Presents Greenwich Village in the Sixties
Soft Boys, Youngbloods, Moby Grape, Brian Jones’ grandson, etc.

March 18, 2017


Lyle Lovett

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Behind the scenes at The Austin Chronicle

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle