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Editors’ Notes

While Dwight Yoakam stopped sending singles to the upper reaches of the country charts in the 21st century, the man who came to fame by championing old-school country music values has maintained a remarkably consistent artistic standard. The Bakersfield honky-tonk style at the core of Yoakam's sound when he emerged in the '80s never left his heart or his head; Yoakam cowrote 2000's "The Sad Side of Town" with Bakersfield baron Buck Owens, while three tracks here hail from his 2007 Owens homage, Dwight Sings Buck, and the Yoakam-penned "I Wanna Love Again" feels like an Owens hit that never was. Of course, Yoakam's oeuvre as represented here also includes everything from a cover of Queen's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" to a previously unreleased duet featuring pop siren Michelle Branch, but he makes it all part of the sonic thread he started stitching two decades earlier. Most importantly, he makes it sound fresh.

Customer Reviews


FINALLY I can get Dwight Yoakam "the back of your hand". You guys have no idea... I've been waiting FORever:):) yay

This is country

This is real country music. It's been awhile since Dwight released a cd. I love his music.


I love love love this guy ... Sticks to his roots, awesome music ... It's Dwight! What more do you really need to say ...


Born: October 23, 1956 in Pikeville, KY

Genre: Country

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

With his stripped-down approach to traditional honky tonk and Bakersfield country, Dwight Yoakam helped return country music to its roots in the late '80s. Like his idols Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and Hank Williams, Yoakam never played by Nashville's rules; consequently, he never dominated the charts like his contemporary Randy Travis. Then again, Travis never played around with the sound and style of country music like Yoakam. On each of his records, he twists around the form enough to make it...
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