I first heard Dwight Yoakam in Big Al’s Record Barn in Santa Clara, California, around 1986 or 1987. The guy behind the counter was digging on the retro-country sound of Dwight pounding out his version of Johnny Cash’s “Ring Of Fire”. Big Al’s was the place to go for rare vinyl recordings when I was beginning to fill out my collection of 45s with one-hit wonders and other minor hits still difficult to find before the CD revolution. A quick glance on Google shows that Big Al’s is still there. What a great place.
After modest review, I added “Ring Of Fire” to my original 13 song complement of Dwight Yoakam songs. I recommend both Guitars, Cadillacs and This Time as good CDs to own.
Not much to add about Dwight. He’s a household name. I find his music very snappy. He has acting chops, as evidenced by his remarkable effort playing the bad boyfriend in Billy Bob Thornton’s breakout movie Sling Blade. The ratings indicate how much I like the various songs.
This Time, Dwight Yoakam ✭✭✭✭
Guitars, Cadillacs, Dwight Yoakam ✭✭✭
Pocket Of A Clown, Dwight Yoakam ✭✭✭
Little Sister (Alt), Dwight Yoakam ✭✭✭
King Of Fools, Dwight Yoakam ✭✭✭
Thousand Miles From Nowhere, Dwight Yoakam ✭✭✭
Fast As You, Dwight Yoakam ✭✭
Fast As You (Alt), Dwight Yoakam ✭✭
Ain’t That Lonely Yet, Dwight Yoakam ✭✭
Streets Of Bakersfield, Dwight Yoakam ✭✭
Buenos Noches From A Lonely Room (She Wore Red Dresses) (Alt), Dwight Yoakam ✭
Ring Of Fire, Dwight Yoakam ✭
Home For Sale, Dwight Yoakam ✭
The songs listed as (Alt) are from the album dwightyoakamacoustic.net