Dwight’s Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc. Etc.


My appreciation for country music has always lied squarely outside of the Nashville mainstream country machine. I’ll take the old school country any day of the week: the Willies, Waylons, and Johnny Cashes. But the manufactured new school of country will never interest me. Not to knock ’em, but I don’t see myself ever getting into Toby Keith, Rascall Flatts, Brad Paisley, or for crikey’s sake, Carrie Underwood (TM). Now I see another American Idol princess of the ditzballs, Kelly Pickler (TM), has a debut album. And what is a Dierks Bentley?? (To be fair, if anyone wants to recommend the best of the New Nashville in the comments, feel free). It’s just that anything that makes me think of George W. Bush and red staters just makes me, well, not listen (and I live smack dab in the middle of a red state – egads, they’re everywhere!).

One of the artists I’ve always admired, and who has always stuck to his independent, honky tonkin’ ways is Dwight Yoakam. In my late teen years, between 1986 and 1990, he released these great four albums: Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc. Etc., Hillbilly Deluxe, Buenas Noches from a Lonely Room, and my favorite, If There Was a Way (mostly due to the title track and “Turn it On, Turn it Up, Turn Me Loose”). All fantastic albums, all dabbling in traditional country, western swing, and good ol’ hillbilly honky-tonk music.

Well now Rhino, yes Rhino again, has released a special 20th Anniversary deluxe edition of Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc. Etc. 2 discs of music containing early demos from 1981, a remastered album, and an entire live 1986 show from the Roxy in Hollywood. Yep, Dwight is so far outside the Nashville mainstream that he’s called Los Angeles home since 1977 (he turned 50 on Oct. 23rd).

I listened to the live show tonight. Dwight Yoakam live and loose on the Sunset Strip, playing to the likes of John Fogerty and Emmylou Harris. Belting out his early hits (“Guitars, Cadillacs”, “I’ll Be Gone”) as well as some classics (Bill Monroe’s “Rocky Road Blues”, “Mystery Train”, Hank Williams’ “My Bucket’s Got a Hole in It”).

So definitely folks, the Ickmusic Seal of Approval is dipped into a tub of moonshine and *dinggg* firmly adhered to this CD (and all D.Y. albums for that matter).

Dwight Yoakam:
This Drinkin’ Will Kill Me (mp3 – the 1981 demo version)

Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc. Etc. eCard | The Rhino Listening Party.

Dwight’s Official Site.

Buy the Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc. Etc. Deluxe Edition.


Track Listing

Disc 1
The 1981 Demos
1. “This Drinkin’ Will Kill Me”
2. “It Won’t Hurt”
3. “I’ll Be Gone”
4. “Floyd County”
5. “You’re The One”
6. “Twenty Years”
7. “Please Daddy”
8. “Miner’s Prayer”
9. “I Sang Dixie”
10. “Bury Me”

Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc.
11. “Honky Tonk Man”
12. “It Won’t Hurt”
13. “I’ll Be Gone”
14. “South Of Cincinnati”
15. “Bury Me” – Duet with Maria McKee
16. “Guitars, Cadillacs”
17. “Twenty Years
18. “Ring Of Fire”
19. “Miner’s Prayer”
20. “Heartaches By The Number”

Disc 2
Live at The Roxy 1986
1. “Hear Me Calling”
2. “Honky Tonk Man”*
3. “Guitars, Cadillacs”*
4. “Rocky Road Blues”*
5. “Heartaches By The Number”
6. “I’ll Be Gone”*
7. “It Won’t Hurt”*
8. “My Bucket’s Got A Hole In It”
9. “South Of Cincinnati”*
10. “Mystery Train”*
11. “Ring Of Fire”*
12. “Since I Started Drinking Again”*

*Previously Unissued


  • B2

    I’m with you, Pete… Old country is cool, but anything from 1980 on just sounds so manufactured. I can’t stand it! Sure, there are some exceptions, and occassionally I hear a tune that I actually like, but most of it isn’t what I really consider country.

    Have you listened to The Little Willies? This is Norah Jones’ “play” band. Very cool… very old-timey. Check it out!

  • KathyB

    In general I’m with you too, but I admit to having a soft spot for Trisha Yearwood, Suzy Bogguss and Kathy Mattea — and an enormous one for George Strait. But then I’ve always thought of Strait as fitting more in the “Willie and Dolly” category in that he records what he darned well wants to without caring much about whether it sells a gazillion copies (even though it always does), and he’s certainly been around long enough to not be considered one of the upstarts.

    I remember going to a George Strait concert in college and enjoying it more than just about any other concert I’ve seen. People were having so much fun and two-stepping in the aisles. That’s something you don’t see at your average rock concert.

  • Cove

    Thanks, Pete, I had not heard of this new collection yet. I saw Yoakam at Tipitina’s in New Orleans on the “Guitars, Cadillacs” tour back in ’86 and it was a terrific show. I have ordered this CD, and look forward to the live set.

    I also recommend his acoustic CD, I hope the demo tapes are that good!

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