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12th of June

Lyle Lovett

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You've got to hand it to Lyle Lovett. More than anything else, the dude is smooth. A voracious inheritor and innovator, no one else has ever attempted, let alone mastered, Lovett's smart, stylish blend of influences that vary from the fervor of gospel, the insight of Texas troubadours, the energy of big band jazz and an overall dedication to what fellow Texan Doug Sahm revered as, "the groove." Bebop jazz pianist Horace Silver's "Cookin' at the Continental" is a powerhouse opener with its big horn charts and classy swing band flair. That's followed by the playful Lovett original "Pants is Overrated," where he works his way into a soul/gospel rhythm aided by a chanted chorus—a frequent Lovett device.  What in most hands would sound schizophrenic and a constant overreach, here sounds organic. Predictably, this being Lyle's world, "Pants is Overrated" is also the album's first single. Produced by Lovett and Chuck Ainlay (who also produced his 1989 album, And His Large Band), 12th of June was beautifully recorded in Nashville, Austin, and Los Angeles with a 13-member version of his storied Large Band that includes such stellar instrumental talents as Russ Kunkel (drums), Viktor Krauss (bass), Sam Bush (mandolin) and Paul Franklin (steel guitar). Lovett's talked, idiosyncratic vocals are often supported in the jazz numbers like "Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good to You," by deep-voiced singer Francine Reed. He indulges his ear for slinky R&B in David Frishberg's "Peel Me A Grape," where he and Reed trade verses before trumpeter Steve Herman and tenor saxman Mace Hibbard add compact solos. The album's second half leaves the jazz behind for a slug of Lovett the acoustic singer/songwriter. "Her Loving Man," where he "worships" a woman who is "the queen of knowing," is the latest in a long line of Lovett love songs that began with "She's No Lady" on Pontiac (1987). The title track is the latest in his elegiac tunes about his family while "Pig Meat Man" returns to the familiar subject of food: "I like bacon and ham/ With toast and jam." It's been a decade since Lovett's last record, 2012's Release Me, and for a time it seemed like that might be his final recorded statement. 12th of June was worth the wait. © Robert Baird/Qobuz

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1
Cookin' at the Continental
00:04:14

Stuart Duncan, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Dean Parks, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Herndon, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Charles Rose, Trombone, Unknown, Other, AssociatedPerformer - Brad Leali, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Franklin, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Horace Silver, Composer - CHUCK AINLAY, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Cox, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Russell Kunkel, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lyle Lovett, Producer, MainArtist - Viktor Krauss, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Marsh, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Herrman, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Mace Hibbard, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Rollings, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Spencer Clark, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Cycle Holdings, LLC

2
Pants Is Overrated
00:04:07

Stuart Duncan, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Dean Parks, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Sewell, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Herndon, Electric Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Charles Rose, Trombone, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Charles Bisharat, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Brad Leali, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Franklin, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Arnold McCuller, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Jason Eskridge, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Bush, Mandolin, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - CHUCK AINLAY, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Cox, Conductor, String Arranger, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Russell Kunkel, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lyle Lovett, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Viktor Krauss, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Luke Bulla, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Willie Greene, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Herrman, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Lamont Van Hook, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Mace Hibbard, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Jacob Braun, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Luanne Homzy, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Francine Reed, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Spencer Clark, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Zachary Dellinger, Viola, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Cycle Holdings, LLC

3
Straighten Up and Fly Right
00:02:58

Dean Parks, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Herndon, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Charles Rose, Trombone, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Brad Leali, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nat King Cole, ComposerLyricist - Irving Mills, ComposerLyricist - CHUCK AINLAY, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Cox, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Russell Kunkel, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lyle Lovett, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Viktor Krauss, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Herrman, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Mace Hibbard, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Francine Reed, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Spencer Clark, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Cycle Holdings, LLC

4
Gee, Baby, Ain’t I Good To You
00:03:36

Dean Parks, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Herndon, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Charles Rose, Trombone, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Brad Leali, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Razaf, ComposerLyricist - CHUCK AINLAY, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Cox, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Russell Kunkel, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lyle Lovett, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Viktor Krauss, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Don Redman, ComposerLyricist - Steve Herrman, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Mace Hibbard, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Francine Reed, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Spencer Clark, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Cycle Holdings, LLC

5
Peel Me A Grape
00:03:39

Dean Parks, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Herndon, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Charles Rose, Trombone, Unknown, Other, AssociatedPerformer - Brad Leali, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - ROB MOUNSEY, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - CHUCK AINLAY, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Cox, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Russell Kunkel, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lyle Lovett, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Viktor Krauss, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Frishberg, ComposerLyricist - Steve Herrman, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Mace Hibbard, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Francine Reed, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Spencer Clark, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Cycle Holdings, LLC

6
Her Loving Man
00:05:22

Stuart Duncan, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Dean Parks, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Sewell, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Herndon, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Franklin, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - CHUCK AINLAY, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Cox, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Russell Kunkel, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lyle Lovett, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Viktor Krauss, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Luke Bulla, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Spencer Clark, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Cycle Holdings, LLC

7
12th of June
00:04:54

Stuart Duncan, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Dean Parks, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Sewell, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Franklin, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Sutton, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Bush, Mandolin, AssociatedPerformer - CHUCK AINLAY, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Cox, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Russell Kunkel, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lyle Lovett, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Viktor Krauss, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Luke Bulla, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Spencer Clark, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Cycle Holdings, LLC

8
Pig Meat Man
00:04:43

Dean Parks, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Herndon, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Charles Rose, Trombone, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Brad Leali, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Franklin, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Arnold McCuller, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - CHUCK AINLAY, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Cox, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Russell Kunkel, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lyle Lovett, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Viktor Krauss, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Willie Greene, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Herrman, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Lamont Van Hook, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Mace Hibbard, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Spencer Clark, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Cycle Holdings, LLC

9
The Mocking Ones
00:03:42

Stuart Duncan, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Dean Parks, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Herndon, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Franklin, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Bush, Mandolin, AssociatedPerformer - CHUCK AINLAY, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Cox, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Russell Kunkel, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lyle Lovett, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Viktor Krauss, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Spencer Clark, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Cycle Holdings, LLC

10
Are We Dancing
00:02:36

Charles Bisharat, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - CHUCK AINLAY, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Cox, Conductor, String Arranger, Piano, Unknown, Other, AssociatedPerformer - Lyle Lovett, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Viktor Krauss, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Jacob Braun, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Luanne Homzy, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Spencer Clark, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Zachary Dellinger, Viola, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Cycle Holdings, LLC

11
On A Winter's Morning
00:06:21

Stuart Duncan, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Dean Parks, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Herndon, Slide Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Charles Rose, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Brad Leali, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Franklin, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Arnold McCuller, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - CHUCK AINLAY, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Cox, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Russell Kunkel, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lyle Lovett, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Viktor Krauss, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Willie Greene, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Herrman, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Lamont Van Hook, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Mace Hibbard, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Spencer Clark, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Cycle Holdings, LLC

Album Description

You've got to hand it to Lyle Lovett. More than anything else, the dude is smooth. A voracious inheritor and innovator, no one else has ever attempted, let alone mastered, Lovett's smart, stylish blend of influences that vary from the fervor of gospel, the insight of Texas troubadours, the energy of big band jazz and an overall dedication to what fellow Texan Doug Sahm revered as, "the groove." Bebop jazz pianist Horace Silver's "Cookin' at the Continental" is a powerhouse opener with its big horn charts and classy swing band flair. That's followed by the playful Lovett original "Pants is Overrated," where he works his way into a soul/gospel rhythm aided by a chanted chorus—a frequent Lovett device.  What in most hands would sound schizophrenic and a constant overreach, here sounds organic. Predictably, this being Lyle's world, "Pants is Overrated" is also the album's first single. Produced by Lovett and Chuck Ainlay (who also produced his 1989 album, And His Large Band), 12th of June was beautifully recorded in Nashville, Austin, and Los Angeles with a 13-member version of his storied Large Band that includes such stellar instrumental talents as Russ Kunkel (drums), Viktor Krauss (bass), Sam Bush (mandolin) and Paul Franklin (steel guitar). Lovett's talked, idiosyncratic vocals are often supported in the jazz numbers like "Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good to You," by deep-voiced singer Francine Reed. He indulges his ear for slinky R&B in David Frishberg's "Peel Me A Grape," where he and Reed trade verses before trumpeter Steve Herman and tenor saxman Mace Hibbard add compact solos. The album's second half leaves the jazz behind for a slug of Lovett the acoustic singer/songwriter. "Her Loving Man," where he "worships" a woman who is "the queen of knowing," is the latest in a long line of Lovett love songs that began with "She's No Lady" on Pontiac (1987). The title track is the latest in his elegiac tunes about his family while "Pig Meat Man" returns to the familiar subject of food: "I like bacon and ham/ With toast and jam." It's been a decade since Lovett's last record, 2012's Release Me, and for a time it seemed like that might be his final recorded statement. 12th of June was worth the wait. © Robert Baird/Qobuz

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