September 26, 2016 – 4:35 am

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Nashville 2016 [no label, 1CD]

Americana Fest. Live at the Mercy Lounge, Nashville, Tennessee; September 21, 2016. Very good audio (ripped from HDTV webcast).

Just the idea of Dwight Yoakam making a bluegrass album is like some sort of gift from the country music Gods. Before a lick of music was heard, the news of “Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars…” was its own viral event… If you come to this record expecting some groundbreaking bluegrass project, especially if you weren’t in the loop that this is a covers record, you’re probably going to be disappointed. But if you look at it as Dwight trying to keep things spicy and interesting, and releasing a side project of cool bluegrass versions of some of his previously-released material, you’ll have a good time, enjoy the listen, see a different side of Dwight, and satiate your desire to hear what he’d be like in the bluegrass realm. - savingcountrymusic.com

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Thanks to indykid for sharing the HDTV webcast at Dime.

indykid noted:

On ‘Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars…’, Dwight Yoakam has re-imagined some of his most well-known songs - 11 in total - as bluegrass tunes. The album, out on September 23, also includes a cover of Prince’s “Purple Rain” as the closing track. He and his new band, The Aqua Velva Boys, visited Nashville’s Mercy Lounge for a special Americana Fest performance of the new album in full.

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Track 01. What I Don’t Know 4:07 (6.9MB)
Track 02. Free To Go 5:26 (9.1MB)
Track 03. Sad, Sad Music 3:43 (6.2MB)
Track 04. I Wouldn’t Put It Past Me 5:51 (9.8MB)
Track 05. These Arms 5:32 (9.3MB)
Track 06. Listen 5:31 (9.3MB)
Track 07. Two Doors Down 4:21 (7.3MB)
Track 08. Guitars, Cadillacs 4:00 (6.7MB)
Track 09. Home for Sale 6:10 (10.4MB)
Track 10. Please, Please Baby 4:07 (6.9MB)
Track 11. Gone (That’ll Be Me) 9:07 (15.3MB)
Track 12. Purple Rain 6:07 (10.3MB)
64 mins

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  1. 11 Responses to “DWIGHT YOAKAM - NASHVILLE 2016”

  2. Fantastic! Thanks Big O! Always can do with some more bluegrass. Can always do with some more Dwight. Especially if it is Dwight reimagining his back catalogue. ‘Guitars, Cadillacs, Hillbilly Mewsic’ yeehaw! Can’t wait to check this out. Thank you SO much

    By swappers on Sep 26, 2016

  3. Purple banjo, purple banjo

    By JG on Sep 27, 2016

  4. what dis dudes? luvs me some country but 70s country or even eariler,hows bout sum george jones.johnny cash.hank williams senior of course,hank snow.jim reeves,merle haggard,conway twitty,porter wagoner.charly pride.willie nelson.roy clark.buck owens,kris kristofferson,mel tillis,mel street.and dem gals dolly,tammy.loretta,patsy,kitty.see dudes there is plenty of real country muzak out dare,no need to post modern shit 70s rock 70s roll 70s rule

    By Boom Boom Mancini on Sep 27, 2016

  5. excellent! its good to see that dwight is still too country for nashville. dwight and others like chris stapleton, sturgill simpson, nikki lane, and margo price are still playing real country music. thanks bigO!

    fyi- dwight was also in both “crank” movies with jason statham. check them out if youre into over the top action flicks with a warped sense of humour.

    By barth on Sep 27, 2016

  6. Try and catch the movie Sling Blade,staring Billy Bob Thornton,Dwight has a major role in the film as the abusive boyfriend of the lead female character ,He gets sling bladed in the end,He gives a great performance as the villian

    By COREY M on Sep 28, 2016

  7. Have to agree with Boom Boom , country music today sucks compared to the decades of the past , Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift are about as country as a female Wall Street stockbroker , Dwight , is very good but not in the class of real country artists like George Jones , Haggard , Cash etc

    By Evan on Sep 28, 2016

  8. Yeah George Jones and Tammy Wynette , now that was country music

    By Victor on Sep 28, 2016

  9. Totally unnecessary to compare Dwight to The Possum, Merle and Johnny: As ALL of the above are wonderful…..”yeah George and Tammy: Now That was country music”…blah, blah, blah…..

    By harmon on Sep 30, 2016

  10. I agree,Dwight is no George Jones,not even close,a country mile of a difference

    By Tommy on Oct 1, 2016

  11. Dwight is no George Jones? Not in the class of Haggard and Cash? Perhaps you should educate yourself as to what the late Merle thought of Dwight .. or Johnny Cash himself who said that Dwight had the “best voice in music.” What kind of rockhead mentality would even want to compare Yoakam to the Possum, instead of just appreciating what a gift he’s been since the mid 80s to a genre that had largely lost its way.

    By J Bodine on Oct 2, 2016

  12. Johnny was not Merle was not George nor Hank one or 2. Waylon was not any of them nor is Willie. They all had their own sound and so does Dwight. He was one of the last newcomers to still produce country music in my opinion when he was introduced. About the same time he re-introduced Buck Owens. He s=deserves to be mentioned with these guys for doing his thing and putting out great music.
    Today’s POP Country music does not allow individualism unless it’s within the mold of what will sell. Beer by the pool and bbq stains on t shirt with no shoes on - crap! I will be looking for the album. Some great individual bluegrass musicians in the lineup.. Bluegrass “is” country today, as close as you will get.. I hope Chris Stapelton doesn’t sell out to that new country new nashville scene crap!

    By Country fan on Oct 19, 2016

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