This is an audio rip to CD from a couple of Lyle Lovett, Austin City Limits shows I taped off of PBS on VHS. The first part is with his Large Band and will get you boogieing for sure.
I did not include the entire 2nd show from 1997, only tunes that weren't played on the the 1990 show.
Part 2 is the entire broadcast of the 2004 show...a bonus.
Below the track listing are write ups from the ACL homepage, showing original track lists.
Tracks 1-13 Recorded 11-13-1989 (complete show)
Tracks 14-18 Recorded 11-19-1996 (partial show)
01 - COOKIN' AT THE CONTINENTAL
02 - HERE I AM
03 - CRYIN' SHAME
04 - I KNOW YOU KNOW
05 - GOOD INTENTIONS
06 - IF I HAD A BOAT
07 - L.A. COUNTY
08 - SKINNY LEGS
09 - NOBODY KNOWS ME
10 - THE WEDDING SONG
11 - WHAT DO YOU DO
12 - WILD WOMAN, M-O-N-E-Y
13 - HOT TO GO
14 - PROMISES
15 - HER FIRST MISTAKE
16 - I CAN'T LOVE YOU ANYMORE
17 - IT OUGHT TO BE EASIER
18 - ROAD TO ENSENADA
01 - Cute As A Bug
02 - My Baby Don't Tolerate
03 - In My Own Mind
04 - You Were Always There
05 - I'm Going To Wait (With Gospel Choir)
1990 Lyle Lovett and His Large Band
Lyle Lovett and His Large Band jazz up the country swing in an hour-long Austin City Limits. Rolling Stone magazine names Lyle Lovett as “perhaps the most important singer/songwriter to come out of the country music scene in the past decade.” Expounding on the jazz influences of the 1930s Texas swing bands, Lovett is broadening the definition of country music and the tastes of country audiences. Lovett grew up in Klein, Texas, a small farming community named for his great-great grandfather. In high school, Lyle played in his first band along with fellow members of the Future Farmers of America (“with the amp turned down real low”). He listened to Texas radio, hearing Hank Williams, the Eagles and all the Texas singer/songwriters from Guy Clark and Towns Van Zandt to Willie Nelson. After high school, he entered Texas A&M University and started performing solo in coffeehouses and bars. Lovett graduated in 1980 with a degree journalism. He later returned for graduate studies in German. In 1983, Lovett was invited to play a four-week-long country music festival in Luxembourg. “I was playing solo,” Lovett said. “Sort of a between-acts deal, and the crowd was not interested.” Fortunately, J. David Sloan and the Rogues, from Phoenix, Arizona, were also on the bill. They took a liking to Lovett and started accompanying him onstage. They also played on some of Lovett’s song demos and when he was signed to MCA Records, he asked the Rogues to record with him. “They are just incredible musicians,” he said. “And more importantly, they have a fine-tuned sense of pity.” 1986’s MCA/Curb release, Lyle Lovett, established his country radio credentials with hits like “Cowboy Man” and “Farther Down The Line.” The album’s most talked about songs, however, were the ones nearer the edge. The philosophical questions raised by “God Will,” a traditional waltz with a direct and unforgiving message, made critics and fans snap to attention. At the other end of the spectrum, the finger-popping groove and sly lyrics of “An Acceptable Level of Ecstasy (The Wedding Song),” hinted at the direction of much of Lovett’s future recordings. On his second outing, Pontiac, which was universally acclaimed as one of 1988's finest albums, Lovett broadened his stylistic approach. At one end, “Give Back My Heart” represents the honky tonk tradition, while the swing feel of “She’s No Lady (She’s My Wife),” quickly replaced “God Will” as Lovett’s most talked about song. With the 1989 release of Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, Lovett and his co-producers, Tony Brown and Billy Williams, have once again stretched his boundaries with an even more adventurous push. From a big band (or large band, rather) instrumental version of Clifford Brown’s “The Blues Walk,” to a surprising gender-bender rendition of Tammy Wynette’s classic, “Stand By Your Man,” the music is most definitely and quite unmistakably, Lyle Lovett.
“Cookin’ At The Continental”
“Here I Am”
“I Know You Know”
“If I Had A Boat”
“Nobody Knows Me”
“The Wedding Song”
“What Do You Do?”
“Hot To Go” Recorded: 11/13/1989
1997 Lyle Lovett and his Large Band
Photo by Scott Newton for Austin City Limits
In all of popular music there is nobody like Lyle Lovett and His Large Band. Austin City Limits presented a full hour of Lovett's original jazz-inspired country music during Season 22 There are few musicians whose albums are found in both "country" and "pop" record store bins, who record and tour with a 15-piece orchestra and whose influences range from Cole Porter to Porter Wagoner. An imaginative songwriter, Lovett draws on an assortment of roots music from Texas swing and gospel to big-band jazz and honky-tonk country, earning high praise from critics while roaming beyond the boundaries of conventional music. His sixth album, The Road to Ensenada, is heralded as one of his finest to date. Reviewing one of Lovett's live shows, The New York Times critic Neil Strauss observed that "[i]n Mr. Lovett's band, fragments from a century of popular music lay in small pieces on the stage. The Cotton Club and the Grand Ole Opry, Carnegie Hall and the Palomar Ballroom came together as the group played arrangements culled from American folk forms that have been polished for the concert hall." Lovett and His Large Band, including acclaimed cellist John Hagen and legendary vocalist Sweet Pea Atkinson, filled the Austin City Limits stage with a sophisticated air. With the versatility of the Large Band, essentially three interlocking groups, Lovett and company went from brassy tunes such as "That's Right, You're Not From Texas" to country two-steppers including "Don't Touch My Hat." The latter proving Lovett the songwriter a master of comedic juxtaposition. Highlighting songs from The Road to Ensenada on Austin City Limits, Lovett also performed "Long Tall Texan," a hit for Murry Kellum in 1963 and the first song Lovett ever performed in public (in elementary school). Raised in Klein, Texas, outside of Houston, Lovett attended Texas A&M University, playing gigs in coffeehouses while pursuing his journalism degree. His gigs also offered him opportunities to interview many of the songwriters who influenced him including Townes Van Zandt, Nanci Griffith and Guy Clark. After graduation he played in Europe and returned to the States in 1984. That year Griffith recorded his song "If I Were the Woman You Wanted" for her album Once in a Very Blue Moon. Also in '84, Lovett cut a demo tape and his offbeat songs caught the attention of music publishers. A subsequent recording contract led to his self-titled debut album in 1986, which produced the country hit "Farther Down the Line" and showcased his wry humor in songs such as "God Will." In 1988 he released his second album, Pontiac, spawning a country hit with "She's No Lady (She's My Wife)." In 1989 he introduced his Large Band on his third album, aptly titled Lyle Lovett and His Large Band. With that release he highlighted his flair for clever songs and bold, jazzy musical interpretations, earning a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance. Subsequent releases, Joshua Judges Ruth in 1992, and I Love Everybody in 1994, further solidified his reputation as a premier songsmith and musical innovator. The critical accolades for Lovett, the most recipient of the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) Texas Governor's Awards in October 1996, are daunting. In the 1990s he collaborated on two Grammy award-winning projects including 1993's Rhythm, Country and Blues on which he dueted with Al Green on "Funny How Time Slips Away." In 1994 he earned another Grammy for his contribution to a tribute to Texas swing pioneer Bob Wills, singing "Blues for Dixie" with Asleep at the Wheel. At the behest of director Robert Altman, Lovett made his big screen debut in Altman's 1992 film The Player. That led to roles in subsequent Altman projects, Short Cuts and Pret-A-Porter.
"That's Right, You're Not From Texas"
"Don't Touch My Hat"
"Who Loves You Better Than I"
"Her First Mistake"
"I Can't Love You Anymore"
"It Ought To Be Easier"
"Road To Ensenada"
"The Girl in the Corner"Recorded: 11/19/1996
10/30/2004 Lyle Lovett followed by Jamie Cullum
Multiple music genres fuse together as crooner Lyle Lovett and pianist Jamie Cullum perform on Austin City Limits. Singer-songwriter Lovett has long mixed elements of jazz, blues and pop into his unique country sound. Cullum, a 24-year-old from England, is working to change contemporary jazz music in the States by infusing the genre with rock and dance sounds.
Cute As A Bug
My Baby Don't Tolerate
In My Own Mind
You Were Always There
I'm Going To Wait (with gospel choir)Recorded: 08/30/2004