Recommendations are back! And back to the music the readers really wanna talk about: country music. I haven’t done one of these in like a month, so I need to get back into the groove of things again. I am really excited for what’s to come in ’09: Obama’s becoming president on Tuesday, I’m going to turn the big two-one in March, and life just seems good, despite the economic problems here in the household. God has been more than good to us, and while I miss college immensely, I will get by, and hopefully can return in the fall. I will visit my friends again in March, so I’m stoked. Now, on to the music.
My forty-second recommendation is: Dwight Yoakam & k.d. lang’s “Sin City” from Dwight’s 1989 Just Lookin’ for a Hit album. I’ve really been into duets and duos lately, and this one is no exception. I didn’t find out about this collaboration until about summer 2008 and I was blown away by it’s beauty. I never thought that Dwight Yoakam and k.d. lang would record and sing together and it’s just so special, especially on a traditional country song, a cover/remake of the Gram Parsons song. Even though this duet is on a mostly “hits” album, I don’t believe it was ever released as a radio single, but man, it was an instant hit in my ears. I know I’ve recommended k.d. previously, but I have yet to recommend Dwight, so I knew it was time.
Dwight is one of the coolest artists I know and I love his hard-core invocation of Buck Owens, and D.Y. has proven he’s still at the top of his game today. I’d say my favorite track from him would either be “Turn It On, Turn It Up, Turn Me Loose”, “Guitars, Cadillacs”, or “Fast As You”. My mom just loves his “Blame the Vain” (I do too). He’s an impressive actor and I loved to hate his evil character in Panic Room. The last song I bought from him was “Close Up the Honky Tonks”, but it’s totally clear to me now that I need more Yoakam in my collection!