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Dwight Yoakam - Dwight's Used Records 
CD Review: Jim Moulton

This is easily one of the most delightful CDs released this summer. Even though there are only two new tracks, the other songs taken from tribute CDs and his appearances with artists from their CDs, it is a very solid set together for the first time on a single album. A very eclectic collection of songs; country, bluegrass, rockabilly and a touch of Alt/Country with major label sound quality thru and thru, great mastering job by Stephen Marcussen. 

This is such a fun listen, I'm really just groovin', you know what, this is the neatest CD cover I've ever seen, one of those cardboard fold overs, which I think are neat, it shows a cheap strip mall, with Dwight's Used Records in the pic.

Well, the first new song just came on, Dwight sounding like Elvis doing the Loco Motion, some great guitar. Dwight does two songs with Ralph Stanley "Down Where the River Bends" and "Miner's Prayer" which are both bluegrass gospel songs from "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning". Really great soundin' stuff.

He does two songs from "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" Vol. 3 with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. "Some Dark Holler", great traditional acoustic country and "Wheels" (Chris Hillman/Gram Parsons) another great acoustic cover. He fits in well with this group.

I love "Waiting", a song that he wrote with Deana Carter and came from her "I'm Just a Girl" CD. It goes thru a lot of changes from her sweet vocals to him singing some rougher lines to them ending up singing to each other on the same level. Great song.

Hold the phone, the next new song came on, an incredible acoustic cover of "Paradise" by John Prine. Some great dobro in a sparse bluegrass recording, great fiddle too and the song is filled with some great vocal harmonies. For finishers, he picks up the tempo and does a more upbeat hillbilly version of the same song, sort of like an encore to this great set of songs.

Well, it's over, a total of thirteen tracks. Sorry, not going to tell you everything, but if you want a taste of some real great country music, this is for you. Go to Dwight's Used Records and get this great stack of tracks. 

www.dwightyoakam.com 

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