Label: Curb Records
Lyle Lovett is considered a country music outsider, yet he's always been grounded in the great American outdoors while excelling at lovelorn breakup songs and humorous rave-ups. This artful mix of originals, collaborations and covers paints portraits of individuals toughing it out in town, in the country and in the kitchen (food songs have always been a Lovett staple). How many artists can break your heart one minute ("Whooping Crane") and then crack up a squad of eighth graders the next ("Farmer Brown/Chicken Reel")? Lyle Lovett isn't an outsider -- he's at the top of his class.