Friday, April 01, 2005

Dwight Yoakam: Homage Improvement

Dwigth Yoakam news from

For the first time in a recording career that stretches back to the mid-1980s, Dwight Yoakam took the entire production mantle on his shoulders in the studio. The resulting effort, "Blame the Vain," will be released June 14 as his first album for the independent New West label.

"There's a lot of reckless joy on this album," Yoakam says of the 12-track set, on which he is accompanied by guitarist Keith Gattis, keyboardist Skip Edwards, bassist Taras Prodaniuk, drummer Mitch Marine and percussionist Bobbye Hall. "We never left a session that wasnít flat-out fun."

Material on the set ranges from the shuffle of "I Want To Love Again" ("I have to pay tribute to Buck [Owens] and the Bakersfield sound on every album," Yoakam says) to the "psycho-hillbilly squall" of "Intentional Heartache" to the country rock "She'll Remember," the intro of which the artist describes as "an homage to the Moody Blues [and] ELP via Monty Python."
Now we're talking. For some reason, I would imagine Dwight Yoakam could grasp the Advanced Theory in five seconds.

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