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Dwight Yoakam's debut (actually an expanded version of his independent EP) brought the high-kicking spirit of Buck Owens's Bakersfield country back to the radio and rescued it from urban cowboy blandness. Yoakam's lonesome yodel is immediately memorable, and his band kicks like a liquored-up mule, thanks to Brantley Kearns's whining fiddle and Pete Anderson's astounding Telecaster chops. Tunes like "Honky-Tonk Man" and "Bury Me" (a spirited duet with Maria McKee) prove that Yoakam's is a truly original voice, probably the closest thing to punk that mainstream country will ever accept. But he's no subversive; his rockabilly cover of "Ring of Fire" and Ray Price's "Heartaches by the Number" show that traditional country is in his blood. Along with Steve Earle's Guitar Town, Yoakam's Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc. is a cornerstone of what became the '90s alternative country movement. Yoakam remains a vital recording artist, and this is the first and best place to get familiar with him.
|Label:||Reprise / Wea|
Performance CreditsDwight Yoakam Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Maria McKee Vocals,Track Performer
Gene Taylor Piano
Pete Anderson Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,6-string bass
Ed Black Pedal Steel Guitar
Glen D. Hardin Piano
J.D. Foster Bass,Background Vocals
Brantley Kearns Fiddle,Background Vocals
Jay Dee Maness Pedal Steel Guitar
David Mansfield Dobro,Mandolin
Jerry McGee Guitar
Stu Perry Drums
Jeff Donavan Drums
Robert Wilson Bass Guitar
Technical CreditsDwight Yoakam Arranger,Art Direction
Pete Anderson Arranger,Producer
Brian Levi Engineer
Dusty Wakeman Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
There is no one like Dwight Yoakam. You can hear just the first 5 seconds of his songs and you know it's him. His voice is so sincere and pure, not at all like the country music of today. Dwight sings songs about his memories growing up and he can also go way out and write something wild. He is such a powerhouse of music and showmanship. You will love this album just like you will love anything Dwight does. He is # 1 in my book.
This album turned-on me on to Traditional Country music. I had always been a Rock fan (and still am), but listened to this at a friend's urging and it opened the gates to all sorts of great music I never knew existed. A classic album!