That would be Yoakam for the unwashed. His popularity is in many ways baffling. He is not a great singer or a good-looking man, nor does he have good hair – things many popular country singers possess.
He does have a dirty sexiness and passion for his music. His musical fervor comes through even in his studio albums. However, it has never been more potent than on this live album. He gets the audience going with “Little Sister.”
Little sister don’t you kiss me once or twice
and tell me that’s nice
And then you run . . . (grunts of some nasty nature)
Oh, little sister don’t you do what your big sister done.
He doesn’t back away from the implicit threat of the song. He makes it a horny tribute to sisters that tease him, but are willing for other men.
The guitar work of Dwight (acoustic) and Pete Armstrong (electric) moves between fifties rock and roll and country and rock-a-billy. Few CDs are able to capture the feel of a live concert, and sometimes live concerts don’t capture the feel of the record, but this one is like having Dwight singing in your truck. His small band of an electric guitar, keyboards, drums and back-up vocals puts out more music than Garth Brooks gets from a whole orchestra.
Plus, Dwight divides the music into equal amounts of old and new material and covers. The new “Fast as You” is played along with his staple, “Streets of Bakersfield.” The cover of “Suspicious Minds” makes Elvis’ rendition sound girly and pathetic. And there are seventeen tracks and the listener gets seven-and-a-quarter minutes of “Suspicious Minds” – Dwight might cheat his lovers, but he never cheats his fans.