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Dwight Yoakam – Buenos Noches From a Lonely Room (1988)

June 7, 2012

[Album 59/1001]

There’s traditional country (Hank Williams).  There’s “new” country (Shania Twain).  Somewhere in between, there’s Dwight Yoakam.

Seventeen years before he was the actor on the receiving end of the memorable Wedding Crashers line, “You shut your mouth when you’re talking to me,” he released his third album, Buenos Noches From a Lonely Room.

Make no mistake, it’s quite country; those seeking the newfangled brand of crossover country/pop will not be too jazzed.  However, if you’re in the market for clean guitar work, fabulous fiddle fills, and well-delivered country tunes, this one ain’t bad.

In fact, he bridges the traditional with more modern nicely.  Country veteran Buck Owens (of Buck Owens and his Buckaroos, incidentally one of the all-time great backup band names) guests on Streets of Bakersfield; 21st Century superstar Michael Bublé’s version of Save the Last Dance for Me has some phrasing reminiscent of Yoakam’s Send Me the Pillow cover heard here.

Though a part of me was furious when I read the review from the 1001 albums book, describing Yoakam’s physical appearance as:

“A long, tall drink of water in big hat, pointy boots, and impossibly tight jeans”

Not because it was in any way inaccurate, it was merely that I didn’t think of such an apt descrption first!

From → 1980s

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