An iconic torchbearer of the plainspoken Bakersfield sound made famous by Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, Dwight Yoakam’s pioneering songs evoke the dusty backroad, barroom feel of the American west. On his latest album, Second Hand Heart, the country superstar has produced “some of the best music of his life” (Spin). Filled with the “hillbilly” spirit of early hits like “Guitars, Cadillacs,” “Honky Tonk Man,” and “Streets of Bakersfield,” this newest collection of songs ranges from stompers to ballads, best performed live with Yoakam’s golden voice, six-string guitar, and kickin’ band.
To get things started, the charismatic Minneapolis-born brothers behind The Cactus Blossoms— Jack Torrey and Page Burkum—give voice to lilting harmonies that recall the glory days of the Everly and Louvin Brothers. Inspired by early country-and-western acts, they have penned a charming catalogue of original songs that makes a simpler, more wholesome life seem well within reach.
- Dwight Yoakam
- The Cactus Blossoms