In Yoakam’s world, country is not like a vintage auto that’s too precious to drive…

Mark Demming reviewing the album “Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars…” at the All Music Guide:

One described as “the man who was too country for Nashville,” Dwight Yoakam has always been an artist who is passionate about the themes and variations of classic country, but he’s never treated his beloved Bakersfield sound as a museum piece. In Yoakam’s world, country is not like a vintage auto that’s too precious to drive, but a dinged-up but still powerful hot rod that has plenty of miles left in it, and he’s happy to prove it by taking it out on the highway and opening the throttle.

Well said.

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