Ask Lyle Lovett about the size of his land in Texas and he won’t cite acreage. When measuring property, Lovett prefers the mow method. When the Texas singer appeared on the Late Show With David Letterman this week, he told the host his home in the Lone Star State is “more than you can mow in an afternoon.”
Such is the eccentric charm of Lovett, who also showed off his horseman skills in competitive “reining,” a technique used to herd cattle. “It’s so much cooler than anything David Copperfield has ever done,” Letterman quipped of the video of Lovett atop his horse, named Smart and Shiney. Later, Lovett performed with his 14-piece Large Band on the Late Show, rolling out his live-show staple “What Do You Do,” a duet featuring sassy singer Francine Reed.
On September 16th, Lovett will appear on another duet, with fellow Texan Pat Green. In advance of Green’s upcoming album, the “Wave on Wave” singer is releasing “Girls From Texas,” which finds him trading verses with Lovett about the merits of women from San Antone, Fort Worth and all throughout their home state. It’s a breezy ballad, punctuated by poignant Dobro and the vocalists’ honeyed delivery. Listen to it below.
Lovett and his Large Band are currently on tour, performing tonight in Durham, North Carolina, while Green, who is finishing up work on the follow-up to his 2012 covers album Songs We Wish We’d Written II, makes an appearance in West, Texas, at the West Fair and Rodeo Grounds on Friday.