Friday Five: Lyle Lovett

Ken Morton, Jr. | November 1st, 2013

Lyle Lovett was born on this date in 1957; three decades later, he would release his first record. Since that self-titled album came out, Lovett has released a number of albums, got married and divorced from Julia Roberts, got trampled by a bull, acted in a number of different television series and movies and, most recently, got free from his Curb Records contract after finishing the appropriately titled Release Me.  We’re excited to see what the future holds for the well-coifed one. Here are five of our favorite Lyle Lovett songs. What are yours?

5. “That’s Right (You’re Not from Texas)”

Lyle thinks he’s better than you because he’s from Texas and you’re not. And while that could be perceived as a little egotistical, he’s probably right.

 

4. “Road to Ensenada”

This is the title track to the fantastic record that won the Grammy Award for Best Country Album in 1997.

 

3. “My Baby Don’t Tolerate”

This is another title track, this time from his 2003 Curb/Lost Highway album. The clip below was shot during a great songwriters’ circle with John Hiatt and Joe Ely.

 

2. “Don’t Touch My Hat”

This is the third track on this list from Road to Ensenada. On a scale from one to ten, I give this album an eleventy.

 

1. “She’s Already Made Up Her Mind”

Lovett is a storyteller’s storyteller, and his talent is on full display in this beautiful narrative of love lost.

  1. nm
    November 1, 2013 at 9:14 am

    My favorites of his are “If I Had a Boat” and “She’s Leaving Me Because She Really Wants To,” each of them for their peculiar combination of absurdity and truth.

  2. Juli Thanki
    November 1, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Good choices, Ken and NM — Lovett does “absurdity and truth” like few others. I also like “L.A. County” and “I Married Her Just Because She Looks Like You.”

  3. TX Music Jim
    November 1, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Love Lyle Lovett
    If I had a boat
    She’s no lady she’s my wife
    his cover of Steven Frohholtz’s Texas Triology and Bears.
    The front Porch song (one he wrote with Robert Earl Keen when they were roomates at Texas A&M)

  4. Barry Mazor
    November 1, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    These are good calls on Lyle. IN the right moods, I also like “Here I Am,” and “Fat Babies Have No Pride.”

  5. Occasional Hope
    November 1, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    ‘If I Were The Man You Wanted’ and ‘God Will’.

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