Dwight Sings Buck

Dwight Sings Buck

by Dwight Yoakam


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Dwight Sings Buck

Who better to pay tribute to the avatar of the Bakersfield Sound than the visionary acolyte who built upon the foundation that Buck Owens laid? That said, the title here is apt: Dwight does indeed sing Buck, to the point of emulating some of his signature sideways phrasing at times, but he doesn't necessarily play Buck. Indeed, having studied the sturdy original productions steered by Ken Nelson, Yoakam keeps things lean, mean, and hot here, giving guitarist Eddie Perez some star turns and allowing ample room for pedal steel master Josh Grange to channel Buck's sideman Ralph Mooney. Dwight honors the robust energy of Owens's original take on "Under Your Spell Again" (which lyrically and sonically seems so much a template for Yoakam's style), the plaintive heartbreak of honky-tonk weepers such as "Cryin' Time" and "Together Again," and the genial irony of "Act Naturally." He does a nice bit playing with the time signature on "Foolin' Around" and elevates "Close Up the Honky Tonks" from a bereft lover's lament to an elegy for a fallen giant, by way of a dirge-like organ line humming throughout the arrangement. Yoakam is a master interpreter -- no one has done Elvis Presley songs better, he now owns Cheap Trick's "I Want You To Want Me", and he even made Queen palatable with his take on "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" -- but he really brings it on this tribute, demonstrating with every performance the depth of his affection for the man and the music.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/23/2007
Label: New West Records
UPC: 0607396612925
catalogNumber: 6129
Rank: 35751

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dwight Yoakam   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Bobbye Hall   Percussion,Conga,Maracas,Tambourine,Shaker
Jonathan Clark   Bass Guitar
Skip Edwards   Piano
Mitch Marine   Drums
Joshua Grange   Organ,Piano,Pedal Steel Guitar,Keyboards,Wurlitzer
Eddie "Scarlito" Perez   Electric Guitar,Electric Sitar,Vocal Harmony
Kevin C. Smith   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Buck Owens   Composer
Dwight Yoakam   Arranger,Producer,Art Direction,Audio Production
Red Simpson   Composer
Michael Dumas   Engineer
Harlan Howard   Composer
Estella Olson   Composer
Dusty Rhodes   Composer
Don Rich   Composer
Voni Morrison   Composer
Roberto Bozquez   Engineer
Alvis E. Owens   Composer
Steve Moore   Engineer,Guitar Engineer
Laura McCorkindale   Management
Scott Schenk   Engineer

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Dwight Sings Buck 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like Dwight Yoakum, and 40 years ago I loved Buck Owens. I rushed out to buy this and put it in the CD player driving home. All I could think was how these versions keep the spirit of the original, and I could see Buck updating and doing these songs just like this. Buck would be proud, and Dwight should be too. Its a great CD in my opinion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Folks, this CD is great fun to listen to!! "Dwight Sings Buck" is not an exercise in mere imitation of his mentor and pal, Buck Owens. Rather, Dwight's made a creative, emotional tribute that puts a fresh and exciting spin on these Buck classics without attempting to replace them. Thanks Dwight, and your fantastic band. This CD is a must for fans of real country music and, of course, Mr. Buck Owens. Lyrics book is a must-have, too!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anyone familuar with the "Bakersfield Sound" of the late Buck Owens will feel at home with Dwight Yoakum's tribute CD. The Bakersfield Sound it is not, but it is the Dwight Yoakum sound wrapped around many of Buck's early hits. Having been a Buck Owens fan since the early '60's I found myself expecting Dwight to copy the arrangements of Buck's songs, but after listening to the CD I came to appreciate Dwight's interpretations. All of which caught the meaning of Buck's songs. The final cut, a fitting, yet eerily sad arrangement of "Together Again" was dedicated to Buck, Don Rich, and Bonnie Owens. Buck would approve of this tribute CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just received the "Dwight Sings Buck" cd today and I've listened to it several times. Can't get enough! Dwight you did it again. What a great tribute to Buck!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What an incredible album ... Dwight Yoakam obviously devoted a lot of care and poured a lot of emotion into this tribute to his friend and mentor, Buck Owens, and his love for the man and his music shows in every note. Eddie Perez, Josh Grange, Kevin Smith, Mitch Marine, Skip Edwards, and the rest of the musicians who contributed also outdid themselves. These 15 fantastic songs are faithful to the classic Bakersfield sound of Buck and The Buckaroos, yet they take on new life as Dwight and his bandmates make them their own. An instant classic and a must-have for Dwight's fans, Buck's fans, and honky tonk fans everywhere ...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a Dwight fan, have never been a Buck fan, and Dwight sure does it better! The ballads especially are good.