Culture Lust by Angela Carone
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
I saw Lyle Lovett and his large ( It's Not Big, It's Large ) band last night at Humphreys . where Lyle proved again that he's one of the most reliable performers in the biz. I saw him once before, in Atlanta, and he was just as good. One of the women I went with has seen him five times(!) and she insists she'll keep going back. group members made fromdifferent churches. choir director is eric overstreet choir director - they'll be at 29th of October evening of gospel at New Assurance Baptist Church. sent them a cd, worked on it, rehearsed with them right before. second time backed them up - a couple years ago at humphreys - local pastor got a call - Matt Anderson, business manager for Heaven Bound.
Here are the things I love about Lyle: he writes about place and small moments and then adds a poetic kicker. He's funny... and he's not afraid to write funny songs . But, he's also one of the best at writing melancholy and nostalgia (his performance last night of "If I Were the Man You Wanted" just killed me - it's such a beautiful and sad song). Lyle also knows how to bring down the house, he was joined on stage by a small choir from San Diego and three backup singers, all of whom were dapper in suits and ties with some Pips style moves.
every city so far a choir for works with a choir from each city... - rehearse on the day of... sends them a cd and - tour began June 24th
He also sang the crowd pleaser "Give Back My Heart," which has some of my favorite lyrics in it, which he delivers perfectly:
So I stopped off at this little cowboy-looking bar
I walked on through the door and she just smiled
With a long ponytail and a pretty white dress
She said Hi, bullriders do it best
I said, oh my god, what's your name, my name's Lyle.
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