Most folks today are completely unaware of Dwight Yoakam’s original punk rock alliances at the beginning of his career. For when Yoakam started out his music was completely disregarded by the established country music regime who saw him as a honky tonk rebel. Instead, and quite fortuitous, Yoakam was readily embraced by the L.A. punk rock/rockabilly scene including X, and Dave Alvin (of The Blasters) among others.

This reissue of Yoakam’s debut Guitars, Cadillacs, Et. Etc. gathers up the demos from 1981 that originally scored Yoakam a record deal and began his shift into the public eye. The second disc is a live show recorded at the Roxy in L.A. with Yoakam at his rock-a-billy best. Yoakam’s re-invention of the classic Bakersfield sound would go on to inspire countless acts for the next three decades, including many of the artists featured here in the past.

Also: Another less known Dwight Yoakam release that An Aquarium Drunkard fully endorses is the all-acoustic album This was originally an Internet only download, but has since been released on CD. It’s a fantastic, stripped down, look at Dwight’s outsider oeuvre.

MP3: Dwight Yoakam :: It Won’t Hurt (1981 demo)
MP3: Dwight Yoakam :: Ring of Fire
Amazon: Dwight Yoakam – Guitars, Cadillacs, Et. Etc

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