Tribute to Dwight

It is Dwight Yoakam’s birthday this week.  October 23, to be exact.  We’d like to wish Dwight a big ole Happy Birthday and congratulations on the success of his excellent new release “3 Pears.”  We played a bunch of Dwight tunes and a bunch of music by artist who shared the bill with him during his early Los Angeles days.  There are a lot of connections that can be made between the songs we played tonight.  In the early ’80s, Dwight shared the stage with bands such as X, Los Lobos, The Blasters, Lone Justice.  Dwight covered some of these guys’ songs (The Blasters’ Dave Alvin penned “Long White Cadillac,” which Dwight made into a hit).  Dwight also sang background on Dave Alvin’s “Haley’s Comet” and Maria McKee from Lone Justice sang background on Dwight’s “Bury Me.”  Dwight also covered some artists far from the country sound he became popular for including Queen, The Clash, Cheap Trick, and Elvis Presley.

It would be easy to go on and on and on because there is plenty of material and connections that could be made.  Instead, I’ll leave it with these clips and the playlist from tonight’s show.



Artist Cut Album Label
Tim Hus Bakersfield Music Bushpilot Buckaroo Stony Plain Records
Dwight Yoakam Take Hold of My Hand 3 Pears Warner Brothers
Dwight Yoakam Always Late With Your Kisses Live From Austin TX New West Records
Lefty Frizell Always Late With Your Kisses Country Love Songs Vol. 2 Sony/BMG
Blasters So Long Baby Goodbye The Blasters Slash
X The New World More Fun In The New World Elektra
Los Lobos Don’t Worry Baby How Will The Wolf Survive? Columbia
The Paladins Let’s Buzz Let’s Buzz! Alligator Records
Lone Justice Ways to Be Wicked Lone Justice Geffen Records
Dwight Yoakam & Maria McKee Bury Me Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc Etc Warner Brothers
Dave Alvin Haley’s Comet Dave Alvin: The Best of the Hightone Years Red Music
Dwight Yoakam Sin City (With k.d. lang) Just Lookin’ for a Hit Warner 1061
Gram Parsons We’ll Sweep Out the Ashes In the Morning GP/Grievous Angel Reprise
The Byrds Hickory Wind Sweetheart of the Rodeo Columbia
Dwight Yoakam I Want You To Want Me Tomorrow’s Sounds Today Reprise
Dwight Yoakam Train In Vain under the covers Warner Bros.
Dwight Yoakam Suspicious Minds The Very Best of Dwight Yoakam Reprise
Dwight Yoakam Crazy Little Thing Called Love The Very Best of Dwight Yoakam Reprise
Credence Clear Water Revival Lookin’ Out My Back Door Chronicle Vol. 1 Fantasy
Merle Haggard Mama Tried Mama Tried Capitol
Merle Haggard I Take A Lot Of Pride In What I Am Hag – The Best of Merle Haggard Capitol Nashville
Buck Owens I’ve Got A Tiger By The Tail Buck Owens: 21 #1 Hits: The Ultimate Collection Rhino
Buck Owen My Heart Skips A Beat Buck Owens 21 #1 Hits Rhino
Red Meat Lolita Alameda County Line Ranchero Records
Rosie Flores Surf Demon #5 Working Girl’s Guitar Bloodshot Records
Janis Martin Long White Cadillac The Blanco Sessions Cow Island
Wanda Jackson It’s All Over Now Unfinished Business Nashville Catalog
Arann Harris and the Farm Band Corn Fed Barn Sounds self
Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers Make It Last North of Bakersfield Dionysus Records


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2 responses to “Tribute to Dwight

  1. Sam Coleridge

    Terrific videos above. I enjoyed each one. I think I get it – the Bakersfield sound. To sum it up it’s a lot more raw than than the country that comes out of Nashville with a mix of different genres and yet..more purely “country” in its own way. Oh yeah, and Happy B’day to this Dwight guy. Good voice!

    • Mike V

      Thanks, Sam. You get it perfectly. We’ll air a pre-recorded interview we did with Dwight on the November 8 “Bakersfield & Beyond.”

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