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
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 Aug. 28 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.
"I was trying to feature the whole band since we hadn't done that in a while," Lovett tells Billboard of his game plan this time around. "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."
Among Lovett's favorite tunes on the new disc is Lester Young's "Tickle Toe," which he and his band have occasionally played live over the years. "We hadn't recorded an instrumental since the 'Large Band' record [in 1989]," he says. "I thought it was a good time to do another one and feature the band a little bit."
Asked to explain the unusual album title, Lovett says, "The name of the band was always sort of a double-meaning thing. 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.
Besides touring with k.d. lang, Lovett will co-headline February's Cayamo Cruise with Emmylou Harris, and, for the new Judd Apatow/Jake Kasdan "Walk the Line" parody "Walk Hard," he recorded the title track alongside the unlikely trio of Jackson Browne, Jewel and Ghostface Killah.