Continuing the run of full ICA postings from the vaults, as offered up by various guests. This has been held over from last Friday until today to accommodate the ICA on The Pastels.
What now follows was ICA 71 on 21 April 2016.
Guitars, Cadillacs and Sad, Sad Music
If Kanye West and Billy Joel can grace the Imaginary Compilation Album pages I might just about be able to get away with sneaking in a bit of Country.
Do not be put off by the picture of a Man in a Hat – there are hundreds of awful Men in Hats in Country Music. Dwight Yoakam isn’t one of them. I suspect that one of the main reasons he sported a hat was due to his fast receding hair line, and there are even pictures out there of him with a Bobby Charltonesque sweep over.
From the mid 80’s to the mid 90’s when most of you were enjoying the great indie music which features on this blog I was pretty much immersed in the flourishing American movement listening to the likes of Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, the Jayhawks and of course Dwight
The majority of this ICA is taken primarily from his first four albums from between 1986 and 1990 when to me, he was just about the best artist on the planet. I wouldn’t bother exploring anything after 1993’s This Time as thereafter he faded as badly as Hibs title challenge
Track 1 – Honky Tonk Man (from Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc, Etc 1986)
We begin and end with a cover. As soon as you here the first chords of his version of this Johnny Horton classic you just know that you are in for something special
Track 2 – If There Was a Way (from the album of the same name 1990)
The first, but certainly not the last, of the sad songs. Dwight is just standing, alone in this room, surrounded by memories wondering if he can win his love back. Being a Country song, no is the obvious answer
Track 3 – South of Cincinnati (from Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc, Etc 1986)
I’m a sucker for road songs and this is one of many which makes me want to explore the Southern states in some detail
At a cold gray apartment in Chicago, a cigarette drowns inside a glass of gin is up there with the best lines in Country music
Track 4 – It Wont Hurt (from Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc, Etc 1986)
The last number from Guitar, Cadillacs and yet again lost love and strong alcohol are involved
Track 5 – Carmelita (from Flaco Jiminez’ album Partners 1992)
The mighty Flaco Jiminez played accordion on many of Dwight’s greatest songs and therefore it is only fitting that Dwight return the favour by featuring on Flaco’s album Partners.
I have several versions of Carmelita including the Warren Zevon original but none can hold a candle to Dwight’s version.
Track 1 – Buenas Noches from a Lonely Room (She Wore Red Dresses) (from Buenas Noches From a Lonely Room 1998)
Quite simply Dwight’s best song from his third and indeed best album Buenas Noches
She wore red dresses and told such sweet lies
Track 2 – Readin’ Rightin’ Rt 23 (from Hillbilly Deluxe 1987)
The only track I’m featuring the second album
A song highlighting that worldwide issue of folk leaving the country and heading to the city in search of work and longing to get back home
Track 3 – Two Doors Down (from This Time 1993)
It Won’t Hurt updated
Track 4 – Sad Sad Music (from If There Was a Way 1990)
She’s left him again. No drink involved this time just sad, sad music
Track 5 – Streets of Bakersfield ( from Buenas Noches From a Lonely Room 1998)
Despite the subject matte, an upbeat number to finish of with as Dwight’s version of a Homer Joy song recreates the Bakersfield Sound which sprung up around Bakersfield, California in the 1950’s as a reaction to the slickly produced string orchestra laden Nashville sound. The main protagonists were the sadly recently departed Merle Haggard and Buck Owens. Buck very kindly lends a hand
I hope this helps to convert some non-believers
JC adds…….I had intended the full ICAs from guests look-back to last five days, but it is being extended into tomorrow and Wednesday as there’s companion pieces required for it all to make sense.