Platinum Collection

  • DWIGHT YOAKAM: THE PLATINUM COLLECTION:2006: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:  5 of the 19 songs were recorded live. Some of his best songs aren’t on this ‘best of’ but it’s all pretty good stuff. The covers are of classics- even covering The Clash’s Train In Vain. Love that Bakersfield Sound that he is keeping alive. Going to see him in concert in a few months.


  • DWIGHT YOAKAM: DWIGHT’S USED RECORDS: 2004: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Dwight does a great job with covers- on this album he covers songs by Ralph Stanley, Johnny Cash, John Prine, ZZ Top, The Byrds, King and Goffin among others. Well done and a good listen but not essential stuff.

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  • STEVE EARLE: COPPERHEAD ROAD: 1988:  5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:  Going to see Steve on his 30th anniversary Copperhead Road tour next week- the first time I saw him was right after Copperhead Road was released-30 years ago. I’ve listened to this hundreds of times but thought I’d give it another listen before next week. Not my favorite Steve album- I will go with Transcendental Blues as my favorite but its up there close to the top of the list.


  • DWIGHT YOAKAM: GUITARS, CADALLACS, ETC. ETC.: 1986: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Johnny Cash once called Dwight his favorite country singer. 1986 was a great year for debut albums for country artists- not only Dwight but Steve Earle, and Lyle Lovett – three artists who have remained favorites over the years- and also Randy Travis’s great first album came out. Honky Tonk Man co-written back in the 50’s by Johnny Horton- was Horton’s debut single -and it was also Dwight’s- it went to #3 on the country singles chart for Dwight. Guitars, Cadillacs went to #4- the album to #1 on the country album chart. It Won’t Hurt cracked the country Top 40. A couple great covers- Ring of Fire and Heartache By The Numbers. It all adds up to a great debut album.


  • DWIGHT YOAKAM: BUENAS NOCHES FROM A LONELY ROOM: 1988: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Dwight’s third album. Should be noted- Pete Anderson was a key to Dwight’s great success- he was the producer-guitarist-arranger on all of Dwight’s albums up until 2002. Dwight had 2 country #1’s on this album-his only two- the fabulous Streets of Bakersfield with Buck Owens and I Sang Dixie. I Got You went to #5. The album went to #1 like his first two albums. Dwight has a knack for picking great covers- Johnny Cash’s Home Of The Blues and Hank Locklin’s Send Me The Pillow are the ones on this album.

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  • MADONNA: THE IMMACULATE COLLECTION: 1990: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I have to separate Madonna the celebrity from the music-  I don’t care much for her ‘act’- she is a great self- promoter- I give her that. She has an unexceptional voice- but her and her people made some great singles in the 1980’s into the 90’s. 17 hits here. I have her earlier albums and well she is a great singles artist and this is her first greatest hits- and its a great listen. One of the great pop singles artists of her era. Favorite Madonna song- Borderline.

also listened to Sunday’s version of Celtic Crush with Larry Kirwan on The Loft.



  1. Fan-freakin-tastic block of music!! Dwight Yoakam Rocks! You are going to love him in concert. He and Don Williams and Charlie Pride are the only Country acts I’ve seen in concert. The latter two I saw with my mom–Williams, when I was grounded and Pride when I was seven. Ha!
    Too bad Yoakam’s lead guitarist/collaborator, Pete Anderson isn’t with him anymore. That guy is an artist. He’s like Stevie Stevens and Mike Campbell.

    • I have never seen Dwight in concert looking forward to it. Yes too bad Pete is no longer there- since Pete left 4 studio albums in 15 years.

  2. You’re going to see Dwight AND Steve??? I envy you!!!! I have the Guitars, Cadillacs CD but didn’t realize it was Dwight’s first. He’s got a twang and a sound I just love. He’s not a bad actor either in the few things he’s done. Steve Earle I don’t have Copperhead Rd but it sounds like one I need to pick up.

    • Yes Copperhead Road is great… I am on a good streak- Dylan a couple weeks ago and Steve and Dwight- and I only have to go 10 miles for Dwight

    • I have been looking at the set lists and they all look great.. can’t wait. glad you enjoyed the show! I’ve never been disappointed by a steve show.

    • The guitarist is fantastic – last name Masterson. Also if you haven’t already and have time stick around after show – we got to meet Steve and chat take pictures. Really nice guy.

    • I am thinking- I couldn’t give you the year but they’ve been backing Steve on tour for at least ten years maybe more. Their albums are pretty good too.

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