Dwight Yoakam has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide, and he is a 21-time nominated, multiple GRAMMY Award winner. He has 12 gold albums and 9 platinum or multi-platinum albums, with five of those albums topping Billboard's Country Albums chart, and another 14 landing in the Top 10. Nearly 40 of Yoakam's singles have charted, with 14 peaking in the Top 10. He received the Artist of the Year award at the 2013 Americana Music Honors & Awards ceremony, the most prestigious award offered by the organization. On September 23, Yoakam releases his first ever bluegrass album Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars... on Sugar Hill Records. Featuring a band of bluegrass luminaries, this album boasts a collection of reinterpreted favorites from his catalogue, as well as a cover of Prince's 'Purple Rain.' Produced by nine-time GRAMMY winner Gary Paczosa (Alison Krauss, Dolly Parton), Jon Randall (songwriter of 'Whiskey Lullaby'), and Yoakam himself, this album reflects the love for bluegrass music that Yoakam developed at an early age in Kentucky, and that has inspired him for many years thereafter. In 2015, Yoakam released his latest album Second Hand Heart on Warner/Reprise records, the follow up to his critically-acclaimed album 3 Pears. In addition to his musical career, Yoakam is a formidable film and television actor, capable of seamlessly melting into his roles, and impressively standing toe-to-toe with some of the world's top thespians over the course of his storied and successful acting career, including Jodie Foster, Tommy Lee Jones, Jared Leto, Forest Whitaker, and Matthew McConaughey.
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I HATE when artists redo their songs. Seriously despise that crap. But, because I've purchased everything he's put out since the 80s, I took a leap of faith filled with trepidation and spent the bucks for a bunch of re-dos to keep from having a hole in my collection.
And I love it. Perhaps because I started out with extremely low expectations, or maybe because it's really good.
What's fun about this is that he has taken songs that I'd skip past on his other albums because they were draggy or slow and made them into songs that are really fun to listen to. His voice lends itself to the blue-grassy sound of this collection.
Dwight Yoakam is a very versatile singer. From the Bakersfield sound to country to straight up rock, Yoakam can make about any genre work. His latest album sees him returning to his roots in Eastern Kentucky. He has interspersed some mountain music into his past albums, but this time Yoakam offers up an album exclusively made up of bluegrass music with a mountain twist. The album is primarily composed of bluegrass versions of previously released material. He makes it work very nicely. Dwight also throws in a bluegrass version of Prince's "Purple Rain." I never thought I would hear a bluegrass take on "Purple Rain," but Yoakam's take on Prince is marvelous.
This is a very strong album. The only criticism I have is that it seems too short with only 12 songs. It's so good that I am left wanting more, much more. I truly hope that Dwight goes the bluegrass route again with a full album of bluegrass music. He seems to be in his best element when he is doing the...
Should be album of the year
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