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The first time I heard Dwight Yoakam, many years ago, I remember thinking “where the hell have I been to miss such a savage of Rock?” I have been a huge fan ever since. While I did choose this album to review, by no means is this his best. Honestly, Dwight is one of those artist who doesn’t have a “best” album, because they are all great. Johnny Cash once cited Yoakam as his favorite country singer. If that’s the case, well shit, you can’t go wrong now can you.
Dwight David Yoakam is an American singer-songwriter, actor and film director, most famous for his pioneering country music. Popular since the early 1980s, he has recorded more than 21 albums and compilations, charted more than 30 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, and sold more than 25 million records.
Not making much headway in Nashville, Yoakam moved to Los Angeles and worked towards bringing his particular brand of new Honky Tonk or “Hillbilly” music (as he called it) forward into the 1980s. Writing all his own songs, and continuing to perform mostly outside traditional country music channels, Yoakam did many shows in rock and punk rock clubs around Los Angeles, playing with roots rock or punk rock acts like The Blasters (Yoakam scored a small video hit with his version of their song “Long White Cadillac”), Los Lobos, and X. This helped him diversify his audience beyond the typical country music fans, and his authentic, groundbreaking music is often credited with rock audiences accepting country music.
STREETS OF BAKERSFIELD by DWIGHT YOAKAM (& BUCK OWENS) from BUENAS NOCHES FROM A LONELY ROOM
Buenas Noches from a Lonely Room is the third consecutive No. 1 Billboard Country Album by Dwight Yoakam. It features Yoakam’s first two No. 1 Hot Country Singles hits. The first was “Streets of Bakersfield,” a duet with country music veteran Buck Owens, and the second was Yoakam’s own composition, “I Sang Dixie.” The album’s third big hit was the No. 5 “I Got You,” also composed by Yoakam. A lesser hit was the title song, “Buenas Noches from a Lonely Room (She Wore Red Dresses),” which only rose to the No. 46 position.
Dwight Yoakam is of those few artist that I will buy NEW music from site unseen. I dont need to read any reviews, I know it’s going to be great. You can thank me later if you havent jumped head first into Mr.Yoakam’s musical catalog. Keep your eyes peeled, because I’m pretty sure he’ll be rolling through your town in the near future. – DAN
Note: Dwight has a new LP titled “Second Hand Heart” coming out April 14, 2015