May 26 2010

My Twenty Favorite Dwight Yoakam Songs

Today I bought a ticket to watch Dwight Yoakam at the Nutty Brown Cafe on Saturday June 5th here in my new home of Austin, Texas.  And I am stoked.  I haven’t seen Dwight since his 1996 Gone Tour (I was 9 at the time).  Besides the Beatles, I have been a fanboy of Mr. Yoakam longer than any other of my favorite bands/artists.  And so, to celebrate my $50 purchase for what will be one of the best evenings of my life, I have compiled the most difficult list to compile ever – my favorite Dwight Yoakam songs.

Originally this was going to be a list of ten, but Dwight has too many classics to pick from.  As with most best-ofs for DY, it is heavy on the 80’s and early 90’s, but there are a few tracks that are more recent.  I invite you to browse his entire catalog – it is fascinating and almost perfect.  For those who are fans of a more traditional country sound, preferably the honky-tonk styles of Buck Owens, Dwight is hands down the best you can get.  In my opinion, he’s the best country music songwriter and performer to have ever lived.  Enjoy.

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