Dwight Yoakam – Buenas Noches from a Lonely Room

ARTIST: Dwight Yoakam             220px-BuenasNochesFromaLonelyRoomalbumcover

TITLE:  Buenas Noches from a Lonely Room

YEAR RELEASED: 1988

CHART ACTION: #68 US, #1 Country, #87 UK

SINGLES: Streets of Bakersfield (#1 Country), I Sang Dixie (#1 Country), I Got You (#5 Country), Buenas Noches from a Lonely Room (#46 Country)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: He covered Home of the Blues and I Hear You Knockin’

LINEUP: Dwight Yoakam, Pete Anderson, Tom Brumley, Al Perkins, Taras Prodaniuk, Dusty Wakeman, Jeff Donovan, Don Reed, Skip Edwards, Scott Joss, Flaco Jiminez. He duets with Maria McKee and Buck Owens as well.

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Yoakam’s third album has more variety than his first two, and is still a fine Bakersfield sound country record.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: By this time, Dwight Yoakam’s neo-Bakersfield sound was cemented in his persona and in the minds of country music fans. It made total sense to cover a Buck Owens song, and even more sense for Buck himself to duet with Yoakam on it.

Yoakam adds a bit more of the variety that was in the Bakersfield sound in the title cut, with Flaco Jiminez on accordion. The best track, “I Got You” is a poor man’s lament with some clever descriptive lyrics on how in debt he is.

A few of the deep cuts aren’t as rich as his first two albums, but I’d rather have this record than most of the country-rock hybirds that are out there now (and then).

NOTES & MINUTIAE: His duet with Maria McKee, “Send Me the Pillow” is a cover of a Hank Locklin tune.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No

GRADE: A-: The first three Dwight Yoakam’ albums are a must for any fan of real country music.

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