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The Very Best of Dwight Yoakam

Dwight Yoakam

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This 2004 collection cherry-picks a representative sampling from all across Dwight Yoakam’s career. In the '80s, he was at the forefront of the New Traditionalist movement, and as documented here, he brought old-school country and rockabilly back into the mainstream via hit covers of tunes like Johnny Horton's "Honky Tonk Man" and Elvis Presley's "Little Sister." He also lent his trademark twang to rock classics like Queen's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" and Cheap Trick's "I Want You to Want Me." But his own compositions, from the honky-tonking "Guitars, Cadillacs" to the lonesome ballad "A Thousand Miles from Nowhere," added just as much to the country songbook.

Customer Reviews

No Cowboy Rocks Like Dwight Yoakam

Dwight Yoakam is a great country artist, doing it like they used to. His music is a great example of why rockers just might consider a country crossover. He's not "new country," which rock and roll fans know is just pop, and he's not "rockin' country," which is code for a different kind of pop. Dwight does the real country thing, and the real rock thing, which is doing his own thing. The songs here are great, and it's a shame that so many of his other great songs are missing. The biggest advantage this album has to offer those unfamiliar with Dwight Yoakam is his interpretations of "Suspicious Minds," "I Want You To Want Me," "Little Sister," and "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," but it's also the biggest drawback of the album. He has so many great songs that it's a shame to leave them off in place of other artists' songs. Fortunately, he does a great job with them all. Country fan or Rock and Roll fan, this is an album to get.

aint that lonely yet

Might be the best song I have ever heard


Love him, love the songs! Why can't I buy the whole album on iTunes?!


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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