audiotrack Dwight Live

reviewed by Jill Hill

Published in Issue No. 23 ~ April, 1999

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.

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Jill Hill lives with some kids, some dogs, writes, and manages a restaurant where she tries out her new CD's. She listens to a variety of music, from Classical to Blues, but tries to stay away from most rap. In her words: "I am always on the look out for a new band or singer/songwriter that I will like. I like a CD that does not grow old and weary sounding, which mean I don't want buy a CD that can be found on the used CD sale table a month later. One of my favorite CD's is Neal Young's Everyone Knows this is Nowhere. My favorite writer is Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and my favorite novel of his Of Love and Other Demons. X-Files is about the only TV I watch. I do not watch sitcoms and do not like music inspired by sitcoms. I'd rather listen to a sampled rap version of the Jetsons theme song."