Tuesday, September 22, 1998

Lyle Lovett released covers album Step Inside This House

Step Inside This House

Lyle Lovett

Released: September 22, 1998

Peak: 55 US, 9 CW, 190 UK

Sales (in millions): 0.5 US

Genre: alt-country/Americana

Tracks, Disc 1:

Song Title (Writers) [time] (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. Bears (Steven Fromholz) [3:04] (9/19/98, 11 AA)
  2. Lungs (Townes Van Zandt) [2:18]
  3. Step Inside This House (Step Inside My House) (Guy Clark) [5:29]
  4. Memphis Midnight/Memphis Morning (Eric Taylor) [4:23]
  5. I’ve Had Enough (Vince Bell, Craig Calvert) [3:02]
  6. Teach Me About Love (Walter Hyatt) [3:52]
  7. Sleepwalking (Willis Alan Ramsey) [5:39]
  8. Ballad of the Snow Leopard and the Tanqueray Cowboy (David Rodriguez) [5:51]
  9. More Pretty Girls Than One (traditional) [2:56]
  10. West Texas Highway (Boomer Castleman, Michael Martin Murphey) [3:32]
  11. Rollin’ By (Robert Earl Keen) [4:06]

Tracks, Disc 2:

  1. Texas Trilogy: Daybreak (Fromholz) [3:17]
  2. Texas Trilogy: Train Ride (Fromholz) [2:35]
  3. Texas Trilogy: Bosque County Romance (Fromholz) [4:53]
  4. Flyin’ Shoes (Van Zandt) [4:38]
  5. Babes in the Woods (Hyatt) [3:04]
  6. Highway Kind (Van Zandt) [3:27]
  7. Lonely in Love (Hyatt) [2:45]
  8. If I Needed You (Van Zandt) [3:46]
  9. I’ll Come Knockin’ (Hyatt) [3:24]
  10. Texas River Song (traditional) [4:09]


3.962 out of 5.00 (average of 13 ratings)

Quotable: “Few covers albums are as unified.” – Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

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About the Album:

Step Inside This House, in a way, is a perfect follow-up to The Road to Ensenada, his straightest country album since his debut, taking Lyle Lovett back to the very beginning, as he covers his favorite songwriters. He consciously avoids such obvious influences as Randy Newman and Jesse Winchester, choosing to concentrate almost solely on Texan singer/songwriters, resulting in a minor revelation. Lovett’s place in Texas’ progressive country tradition has always been evident, and his good taste has never been in question, but this not only confirms his strength as a performer, but also illustrates the origins of his clear, wry narratives.” AMG

“He not only sheds light on songwriters known better for their reputation than their actual recordings (Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Walter Hyatt, Michael Martin Murphey, Robert Earl Keen), yet he carries a torch for obscure names like Eric Taylor, Vince Bell and Craig Calvert, David Rodriquez, and Steve Fromholz, who has no less than four songs on the album. For all the different writers, what's striking about Step Inside This House is how all the songs seem to spring from the same worldview. Few covers albums are as unified and Lovett’s achievement is particularly noteworthy since none of the songs are standards.” AMG

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First posted 5/18/2022.

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