Joshua Judges Ruth

Joshua Judges Ruth

by Lyle LovettLyle Lovett


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While Lyle Lovett and His Large Band wasn't a massive chart hit, it was successful enough to establish an audience for Lovett outside the boundaries of the country market, and 1992's Joshua Judges Ruth found Lovett seemingly free to follow his muse wherever it cared to go. Joshua Judges Ruth only bore the faintest glimmers of Lovett's country leanings (notable exception: "She's Leaving Me Because She Really Wants To"), and more surprisingly it suggested he was also moving away from the broad-shouldered jazz and blues accidents that dominated much of Pontiac and Large Band. Compared to his previous work, Joshua Judges Ruth sounds startlingly spare -- producer and engineer George Massenburg brings a clear and keenly detailed sound to these sessions that allows all the details of the low-key arrangements to be heard, and "She's Already Made Up Her Mind," "Baltimore," and "Family Reserve" seem to have been recorded with this in mind. The songs also reflect a shift toward more serious and introspective themes for Lovett; outside of the gospel-influenced "Church" and the easygoing "She Makes Me Feel Good," his trademark humor is conspicuous in its absence, and loss, loneliness, and heartbreak dominate the lyrics. While the craft of Joshua Judges Ruth ranks with the finest work of Lovett's career, its spare and sober surfaces aren't especially engaging, and it's the sort of album fans are more likely to admire than embrace with pleasure.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/28/2014
Label: Curb Records
UPC: 0715187900127
catalogNumber: 79001
Rank: 5379


  1. I've Been To Memphis
  2. Church
  3. She's Already Made Up Her Mind
  4. North Dakota
  5. You've Been So Good Up To Now
  6. All My Love Is Gone
  7. Since The Last Time
  8. Baltimore
  9. Family Reserve
  10. She's Leaving Me Because She Really Wants To
  11. Flyswatter/Ice Water Blues (Monty Trenckmann's Blues)
  12. She Makes Me Feel So Good

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lyle Lovett   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Emmylou Harris   Vocal Harmony
Leo Kottke   Acoustic Guitar
Edgar Meyer   Acoustic Bass,Pizzicato
Rickie Lee Jones   Vocal Harmony
Willis Alan Ramsey   Vocal Harmony
Plas Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Matt Rollings   Organ,Piano,Hammond B3
Sweet Pea Atkinson   Baritone,Vocal Harmony
Harry Bowens   Tenor (Vocal),Vocal Harmony
Kevin Dorsey   Bass (Vocal),Vocal Harmony
John Hagen   Cello
Kathy Hazzard   Soprano,Vocal Harmony
Ray Herndon   Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Dan Higgins   Alto Saxophone
Russ Kunkel   Drums
Jay Dee Maness   Pedal Steel Guitar
Dean Parks   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Francine Reed   Hand Clapping,Alto (Vocal),Vocal Harmony
Johnny Lee Schell   Electric Guitar
Arnold McCuller   Tenor (Vocal),Soloist,Vocal Harmony
Leland Sklar   Bass
Larry Williams   Tenor Saxophone
Gregory Smith   Bass Saxophone

Technical Credits

Lyle Lovett   Composer,Producer
Willis Alan Ramsey   Composer
Steve Holroyd   Engineer
Nathaniel Kunkel   Engineer
George Massenburg   Producer,Engineer
Marnie Riley   Engineer
Tim Stedman   Art Direction
Jonas Livingston   Art Direction
Noel Hazel   Engineer
Gil Morales   Engineer
Billy Williams   Producer,Saxophone Arrangement

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