Lyle Lovett 08-01-2008 concert recap w/ audio

Lyle Lovett
August 1, 2008
Saratoga Mountain Winery

Set list in bold, with some comments and a few audio samples from the show.

This was my favorite Lyle Lovett and his Large Band concert ever. The large band wasn’t quite as large this time around, and you know, I liked it better. I guess it’s true …size isn’t everything!

He started right on time. He was wearing a nice cream colored suit, dressed for church, as was everyone on the stage.

I dropped into my seat about ten seconds before the first notes of his first song…

Church – A great song with a gospel sound, but not a gospel song. I thought to myself how I wish he would do some gospel type music in his show. I love it, but when I’ve seen Lyle in concert previously, he didn’t perform as much of it as I would like. Little did I know I would get my wish in spades later in the evening. Anyway, with Church opening the night, everybody had a smile on their face.

I Will Rise Up
Make It Happy

No Big Deal – This song features the type of vocals and lyrics that first hooked me on Lyle.

Private Conversation
If I Were The Man You Wanted
Truck Song
Then came some banter (“Make a note: pick up some shorts”) – hahahaha. The audience says he is hilarious.
This Old Porch

Cowboy Man – Texas swing with a classical cello intro. You don’t hear that every day.

Penguins – I’ve always liked this song, but thank goodness in the banter he said he wrote this song to make fun of someone who had penguins all over their home. Now I can enjoy it without the confusion that always troubled me.
Cute as a Bug
Give Back My Heart

Long Tall Texan – This one I have a real soft spot for. I had never heard him sing it live before this, but I’ve worn out my mp3 of this song. I love how he says, “Oh lor,’ oh lor’ …Is that your hat?” I was pretty happy he sang it. Too bad about the feedback.


Don’t Cry a Tear

More banter – Lyle says that growing up Lutheran and going to Lutheran school influenced his taste in music. Just for fun, here’s some banter:

South Texas Girl – a beautiful, amazing song. A song that happens to mention Sid Lasher. When Lyle was growing up, Sid Lasher was a TV weather man in Texas who conveyed extra facts and information about the towns on his weather maps. Kinda like I am telling you about Sid Lasher in the middle of a concert recap.
All Down Hill From Here
You Were Always There – haunting, beautiful, heartbreaking song that I dedicated a post to a few months ago.

Keep it in Your Pantry – Funny bluegrass song. Aways a hit! Not on an album yet, I don’t think.

Up in Indiana – love this bluegrass tune

Happy Birthday, Mitch – aww! Lyle sings Happy Birthday to Mitch Watkins (guitar).
If I Had a Boat – crowd favorite. Poetic. Lots of people in the audience know the words and you can hear some singing along.

She’s No Lady – Classic Lyle

North Dakota

My Baby Don’t Tolerate – Yeah I love this song! Turn it up!

That’s Right, You’re Not From Texas – crowd favorite. Lots of fun.

Ok… if you’ve ever seen Lyle perform you know that compared to some other artists, he doesn’t move around a bunch. It is as if he won’t allow a little bits of music to take detours to his fingers to snap, or his legs to dance or his body to sway. Instead he stays still and channels it all through is voice.

But over the years, I’ve started to notice all the little movements he does make. For example, there were a few points in the show that were really magical, and one of them I could see coming before it happened, because of the way he moved…

By the way he put his guitar down. By the way he stepped to the mic. By the way he tensed up and held his hands, by the way he set his feet…oh lord I thought…this is going to be good. And it was. And it kept getting better and better. And better.

I’m Gonna Wait > I’m Going To The Place

(It really is too bad that the couple sitting next to me left one song before the above numbers to beat the traffic. Big mistake.)

Ain’t No More Cain – bringing it back down to close the show… Wow. Perfect.

Soldier in the Army of the Lord – And one more for the road!

a ‘clean’ set list after the jump…

ETA a clean set list:

Lyle Lovett August 1, 2008
Saratoga Mountain Winery
Set List

I Will Rise Up
Make It Happy
No Big Deal
Private Conversation
If I Were the Man You Wanted
Truck Song
This Old Porch
Cowboy Man
Cute As a Bug
Give Back My Heart
Long Tall Texan
Don’t Cry a Tear
South Texas Girl
All Downhill from Here
You Were Always There
Keep It in Your Pantry
Up In Indiana
Happy Birthday, Mitch
If I Had a Boat
She’s No Lady
North Dakota
My Baby Don’t Tolerate
That’s Right, You’re Not from Texas
I’m Going To Wait
I’m Going To The Place
Aint No More Cain
Soldier In The Army Of The Lord

ETA: download <a href=”https://tandjam.wordpress.com/2008/11/09/lyle-lovett-august-1-2008-flac-and-mp3/”>here.


11 Responses to “Lyle Lovett 08-01-2008 concert recap w/ audio”

  1. 1 Linda T
    August 7, 2008 at 6:53 am

    Unbelievable, simply unbelievable. I just spent the last hour or so grinning from ear to ear as I listened to this incredible performance. I am a casual Lyle Lovett fan and have his album “Road to Ensanada”, but never delved deeply into any of his live performances. It was so great to discover new songs like “Up in Indiana” and “Baby Don’t Tolerate”. His voice is like warm honey, and I love both the humor and pathos in his lyrics. And….the background singers are outstanding! Wow!

    Thank you!

  2. August 7, 2008 at 8:35 am

    Oh Linda, you made my day.

    You might want to check out Lyle’s CD It’s Not Big, It’s Large. I think you’ll like it.

  3. 3 JMA
    August 8, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    thank you for this! I have my ticket to see Lyle tonight and I am so hyped up for the show. I agree with you; Lyle’s CD It’s Not Big, It’s Large is amazing! thank you again.

  4. 4 Robin
    August 9, 2008 at 4:14 am

    I came by yesterday, but had some sort of technical glitch — which is now resolved. Sampling a few as we speak. :))

  5. 5 fishwater
    August 9, 2008 at 8:04 am

    I love Lyle too, thanks for the music (hope to listen to all of it soon) – he plays here every summer but I don’t get to see him often.

    I never understand people who leave concerts early…

  6. 6 texastaylorfan
    August 29, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    Yay! I’m going to listen to this now, while I work on some stuff. Thanks for that.

    I hope to get to see Lyle live one of these days.

    People who leave concerts early to beat the traffic are wound too tight.

    I listen to It’s Not Big, It’s Large a LOT.

  7. 7 Paul
    January 9, 2009 at 9:38 am

    Been a big fan for a long time – haven’t had a chance to listen yet but figured I’d pen this anyway – I already know what I’m going to get.
    Was this from what used to be called the Paul Masson Summer Series?
    Can’t remember the last time I saw Lyle and the LB but it was in Palm Desert, CA, maybe ’93 or ’94? I was a convert that night.

  8. January 9, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Hey Paul, thanks for stopping by! It’s always nice to meet a fellow Lyle fan!
    The show featured in this entry is from August 2008 and took place at the Saratoga Mountain Winery…the same venue that once hosted the Summer Series.

  9. 9 con
    August 26, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    I’ve been going to Lyle concerts since the early 90’s here in Ireland. Love the songs,the humour and the brilliant musicians he brings with him. He needs to tour here more often. Saw him last month in Dublin and he hadn’t been here since before 9/11. Think he cancelled a tour because of that. My favourite live performer.

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