Bigger And Better
Texas-bred singer/songwriter/actor Lyle Lovett has been as busy as ever in the past year in preparation for his new album, "It's Not Big It's Large."Texas-bred singer/songwriter/actor Lyle Lovett has been as busy as ever in the past year in preparation for his new album, "It's Not Big It's Large." Recorded live in the studio with his longtime collaborator the Large Band, the follow-up to 2003's "My Baby Don't Tolerate" is due this week via Lost Highway. Lovett admits he's taking a more proactive approach to marketing this time around, offering the album in a deluxe CD/DVD edition as well as in a Starbucks-exclusive format with extra tracks.
As for the unusual album title, "The name of the band was always sort of a double-meaning thing," Lovett says. "It's my way of saying, 'I'm not trying to do legit big band,' but it hints at it. And there are 36 people on the road every day right now, so it's larger than ever. That was the intent of the name originally, but people still invariably will refer to it as 'the big band,' and people invariably are asking me, 'Are you touring with your big band?" I always just say, 'Yes, we are," but [the album title] is a small attempt to clarify."
Lovett hit the studio last October "but with our touring schedule through the end of last year and the beginning of this year, it just took us this long to finish it," he says. "I was trying to feature the whole band since we hadn't done that in a while. We recorded everything live. I've always felt as though recordings come out different when you record all together, like you play live. Just being a little less careful in the performing in terms of recording always feels better.
On the road this summer with k.d. lang, Lovett and company have "been playing quite a few [new] songs. The response has been good, and it's fun to perform songs people haven't heard or they're not used to listening to. I always try to put a set together that features the group that we have out on the road. So some of the bigger songs like 'I Will Rise Up' that we're doing, they feature the singers and the horns. We're doing 'Don't Cry a Tear' because that enables us to break down and do something in a smaller setup onstage."