Dwight Sings Buck

Dwight Sings Buck

by Dwight YoakamDwight Yoakam


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Who better to pay tribute to the avatar of the Bakersfield Sound than the visionary acolyte who built upon the foundation that Buck Owens laid? That said, the title here is apt: Dwight does indeed sing Buck, to the point of emulating some of his signature sideways phrasing at times, but he doesn't necessarily play Buck. Indeed, having studied the sturdy original productions steered by Ken Nelson, Yoakam keeps things lean, mean, and hot here, giving guitarist Eddie Perez some star turns and allowing ample room for pedal steel master Josh Grange to channel Buck's sideman Ralph Mooney. Dwight honors the robust energy of Owens's original take on "Under Your Spell Again" (which lyrically and sonically seems so much a template for Yoakam's style), the plaintive heartbreak of honky-tonk weepers such as "Cryin' Time" and "Together Again," and the genial irony of "Act Naturally." He does a nice bit playing with the time signature on "Foolin' Around" and elevates "Close Up the Honky Tonks" from a bereft lover's lament to an elegy for a fallen giant, by way of a dirge-like organ line humming throughout the arrangement. Yoakam is a master interpreter -- no one has done Elvis Presley songs better, he now owns Cheap Trick's "I Want You To Want Me", and he even made Queen palatable with his take on "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" -- but he really brings it on this tribute, demonstrating with every performance the depth of his affection for the man and the music.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/23/2007
Label: New West Records
UPC: 0607396612925
catalogNumber: 6129
Rank: 7874

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dwight Yoakam   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Bobbye Hall   Percussion,Conga,Maracas,Tambourine,Shaker
Jonathan Clark   Bass Guitar
Skip Edwards   Piano
Mitch Marine   Drums
Joshua Grange   Organ,Piano,Pedal Steel Guitar,Keyboards,Wurlitzer
Eddie "Scarlito" Perez   Electric Guitar,Electric Sitar,Vocal Harmony
Kevin C. Smith   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Buck Owens   Composer
Dwight Yoakam   Arranger,Producer,Art Direction,Audio Production
Red Simpson   Composer
Michael Dumas   Engineer
Harlan Howard   Composer
Estella Olson   Composer
Dusty Rhodes   Composer
Don Rich   Composer
Voni Morrison   Composer
Roberto Bozquez   Engineer
Alvis E. Owens   Composer
Steve Moore   Engineer,Guitar Engineer
Laura McCorkindale   Management
Scott Schenk   Engineer

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