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Dwight Yoakam


Hillbilly Deluxe


    When honky-tonk singer Dwight Yoakam was planning to release the title song of his debut album, Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc., as a single, some folks at the Nashville office of Warner Bros. made a suggestion: Omit the word hillbilly from the lyrics. (They thought the term was derogatory.) Yoakam kept the original lyrics, and after the phenomenal crossover success of the album, the wisest thing Yoakam could do for a follow-up was to stay as far away from Nashville and as close to Bakersfield as possible. "Little Ways," the Buck Owens-tinged... Read More

opener of Hillbilly Deluxe, leaves no doubt as to Dwight's stylistic and geographical affiliation. As before, Yoakam goes against the Music City grain at nearly every turn – recording in L.A., using his own road band, steering clear of anything remotely resembling "sweetening."

If he makes any conscious attempts at crossing over to a rock audience, it's only by taking country music back to its roots, which are but a stone's toss from the earliest rock & roll – or, in the case of his killer cover of Elvis's "Little Sister," by delving into rock's roots, showing rock's similarity to hard country. The LP's only other covers are from deep C&W – Lefty Frizzell and Stonewall Jackson; the rest of the program consists of Yoakam's original blue-collar story songs, such as "Johnson's Love" and "Readin', Rightin', Rt. 23."

One of the big reasons for Hillbilly Deluxe's success is producer-guitarist Pete Anderson, who also manned the controls for Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. Anderson uses every bit of modern technology at his disposal to capture, rather than alter, the band's live sound. He's also a journeyman country picker; he may not be the next link in the Telecaster chain of James Burton, Don Rich and Albert Lee, but he gives it some new twists – dig his economical jabs in "Please, Please Baby." As of this writing, Pete has left Yoakam's touring band, but his name will no doubt show up on future projects. And considering the strength of Hillbilly Deluxe, let's hope there will be plenty more of those. (RS 501)


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  Artist   Title   Format   Condition   Seller Price    
  yoakam dwight   Hillbilly Deluxe
Nashville 255 "cond: Mint- Cassette, 10 Songs\
  Cassette   CDExpress
  $41.87     Details
  Yoakam,Dwight   Hillbilly Deluxe Cassette   Musical Ener
United States
  $4.99      Details
  Yoakam,Dwight   Hillbilly Deluxe
Reprise 25567
  Cassette   Musical Ener
United States
  $4.99     Details
  Yoakam,Dwight   Hillbilly Deluxe
Reprise 25567
  Cassette   Musical Ener
United States
  $4.99     Details
YOAKAM, DWIGHT - Hillbilly Deluxe 10 Tracks   YOAKAM,DWIGHT   Hillbilly Deluxe 10 Tracks
Cassette, Yoakam, Dwight: Hillbilly Deluxe 10 Tracks, Reprise 25567/commercial Issue/case With I...
  Cassette   LIKE NEW Music Obsess
United States
  $6.00     Details

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