One of the all-time country music greats, Dwight Yoakam, is headed to Spirit Mountain Casino on December 16th! To celebrate this momentous occasion, we’ve compiled a list of what we believe are Dwight Yoakam’s top 5 best songs.
Let’s take a look:
5. “Streets of Bakersfield” – Made popular by Dwight’s longtime friend, Buck Owens, “Streets of Bakersfield” was eventually sung as a duet with Owens and Yoakam. The song centers around a traveler that can only find himself when he visits the streets of Bakersfield, hence the title. Check this song out here:
4. “Ain’t That Lonely Yet” – Released in 1993, “Ain’t That Lonely Yet” was the first single released off of Dwight Yoakam’s fifth studio album, This Time. Hotly anticipated, “Ain’t That Lonely Yet” hit peak status on the Billboard Hot Country charts by placing at number 2. Listen here:
3. “I Sang Dixie” – Written solely by Yoakam, “I Sang Dixie” tells a story of the song’s narrator meeting a man in the streets of Los Angeles as he dies. The fictionalized tale describes how life in a city like LA can take and take and take from a person. As the man dies, people continue to walk by, ignoring the dying man as the narrator sings “Dixie” to soothe the dying man’s heart. It’s tragic and is very good when it’s just Dwight and his guitar:
2. “The Back of Your Hand” – While not being as popular as the single “The Late Great Golden State,” “The Back of Your Hand” from Dwight Yoakam’s thirteenth (!) studio album, Population Me, holds a special place in our hearts. It also found its way into the show, The Shield, and that show is powerful. Hear it for yourself:
1. “Guitars, Cadillacs” – Our personal favorite, you couldn’t turn a radio on in the late 80’s without hearing this classic. “Guitars, Cadillacs” encompassed the ideals and passion of country living. Larry Flick of Billboard magazine had this to say about the song, “…walking bass, twangy guitar, fiddle, and Yoakam’s voice make it a pure hillbilly delight.” Enjoy it here:
Dwight Yoakam arrives at Spirit Mountain Casino on December 16th, and tickets are on sale RIGHT NOW. You can get standard tickets starting at $40. Sadly, the special VIP tickets sold out in less than 24 hours. If for some reason Dwight Yoakam is not your cup of tea, check out our other events throughout the rest of the year!