Personnel: Lyle Lovett (vocals, acoustic guitar); Rickie Lee Jones, Arnold McCuller, Francine Reed, Sir Harry Bowens, Willie Green Jr., Sweet Pea Atkinson (vocals); Ray Herndon (electric guitar); Buck Reid (pedal steel guitar); Andrea Zonn (fiddle); John Hagen (cello); Steve Marsh (alto & tenor saxophones); Harvey Thompson (tenor saxophone); Vinnie Ciesielski (trumpet); Charles Rose (trombone); Matt Rollings (piano, keyboards); Viktor Krauss (bass); Dan Tomlinson (drums); James Gilmer (percussion).
Recorded live in Austin, Texas and San Antonio, Texas from August 29 to September 1, 1995.
"That's Right (You're Not From Texas)" was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance.
Personnel: Lyle Lovett (vocals, acoustic guitar); Willie Green, Jr. , Francine Reed, William "Bill" Greene, Arnold McCuller, Sir Harry Bowens, Sweet Pea Atkinson (vocals); Ray Herndon (electric guitar); Andrea Zonn (fiddle); John Hagen (cello); Steve Marsh (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Harvey Thompson (tenor saxophone); Vinnie Ciesielski (trumpet); Charles Rose (trombone); Matt Rollings (piano, keyboards); Dan Tomlinson (drums); James Gilmer (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Josh Nelson; Mark Wilshire; Nathaniel Kunkel; Tony Flores.
Recording information: Austin, TX (06/29/1995-09/01/1995); San Antonio, TX (06/29/1995-09/01/1995).
Photographer: Michael Wilson .
In the course of making eight studio albums, not only has Lyle Lovett amassed an impressive backlog of songs, but he's also developed a reputation as an extraordinary live performer thanks to a coterie of musicians known as His Large Band. For the 1995 Austin and San Antonio shows compiled on LIVE IN TEXAS, Lovett's band was 17 strong and featured five background vocalists along with a horn and string section.
The Texas singer-songwriter has always had a uniquely unclassifiable sound that flits between folk, country, blues and rock. Nowhere is this more evident than in a live setting where Lovett easily changes gears between the Texas swing of "That's Right (You're Not From Texas)" to the gospel-soaked fun of "Church." Throughout any stylistic shifts, Lovett's lyrics reflect a variety of off-beat characters ranging from the sardonic wit of a hen-pecked husband in "She's No Lady" to the lovelorn weirdo skulking around in the wonderfully brassy "Here I Am." As a singer, Lovett's dry delivery works well whether he's duetting with Ricki Lee Jones on the heartbreaking "North Dakota" or trading sassy ripostes with Francine Reed during "What Do You Do."
Rolling Stone (7/8-7/22/99, p.150) - 3 stars (out of 5) - "...a fine tour through Lovett's career....a rare combination of subtlety and sly fun..."
Entertainment Weekly (6/24/99-7/2/99, p.133) - "Live in Texas rides an impressive range, from the sly Texas-swing swagger of "(That's Right) You're Not From Texas" to the quietly wistful "Nobody Knows Me"....Live and large, indeed." - Rating: A-
Q (10/99, p.124) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...he links genres seamlessly - folk, country, rock, jazz - to ensure all human life there is. These well-shaped songs...refuse to fit into any predesignated catagory..."