Hillbilly Deluxe

Hillbilly Deluxe

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by Dwight Yoakam
     
 

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Hillbilly Deluxe proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that Dwight Yoakam's Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. was no fluke. There's no sophomore slump here, and while Hillbilly Deluxe may be seen as an extension of his debut, repetition 'taint necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it can be heard and viewed as Yokam andSee more details below

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Hillbilly Deluxe proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that Dwight Yoakam's Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. was no fluke. There's no sophomore slump here, and while Hillbilly Deluxe may be seen as an extension of his debut, repetition 'taint necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it can be heard and viewed as Yokam and producer/guitarist Pete Anderson cementing the commitment to Bakersfield-styled honky tonk music. Yoakam's voice is a dead cross of Merle Haggard's early voice and Lefty Frizzell's -- a fine cover of the latter's "Always Late (With Your Kisses)" is included here -- and as such, it is one of the purest, most soulful voices in the music of this era. But as displayed on his debut, Yoakam is one hell of a songwriter as well. Cuts like "Little Ways," the album's first single, "Readin' Writin," "Rt. 23," and the amazing "Throughout All Time," with its dancing fiddles and lap steel guitars entwined with Anderson's lead, are worthy of serious consideration as among the finest country songs written in the preceding five years. An added bonus is a killer version of Doc Pomus's classic "Little Sister" that rivals Elvis Presley's -- yeah, that's right -- and blows Ry Cooder's tepid cover of it away. The only other cover here is the classic "Smoke Along the Track" by Alan Rose and Dan Helms, and in true hardcore troubadour fashion, Yoakam makes it his own, swinging it in the best Johnny Cash and Tennessee Three fashion rhythmically and with Haggard's winsome railroad vocal that he took from Jimmie Rodgers. While there can be no doubt about Yoakam's "hillbilly" roots in Kentucky, this disc is deluxe in virtually every way.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/29/2008
Label:
Rhino Flashback
UPC:
0081227993245
catalogNumber:
25567
Rank:
57943

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dwight Yoakam   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Pete Anderson   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,6-string bass
Tom Brumley   Pedal Steel Guitar,Background Vocals
Skip Edwards   Piano
J.D. Foster   Electric Bass
Brantley Kearns   Fiddle,Background Vocals
Greg Leisz   Lap Steel Guitar
Herb Pedersen   Background Vocals
Dusty Wakeman   Background Vocals
Jeff Donavan   Drums

Technical Credits

Dwight Yoakam   Art Direction
Don Helms   Composer
Pete Anderson   Producer
Eddy Schreyer   Mastering
Dusty Wakeman   Engineer
Andy Engel   Illustrations,Logo
Gabrielle Raumberger   Art Direction
Alan Rose   Composer

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