Dwight Yoakam’s new album “Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars…” is out today on Sugar Hill Records. NPR Music’s “First Listen” exclusively premiered the record earlier this week.
“Yoakam made a deliberate choice to amplify his expression in this unamplified setting, because in his memory, bluegrass has always rocked. His version does, too.” NPR Music “First Listen” stated.
For the making of “Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars…”, Yoakam assembled a band of bluegrass luminaries to reinterpret favorites from his catalogue of gems featuring eleven Yoakam compositions and a new cover of Prince’s “Purple Rain.”
The new album reflects the love for bluegrass music that Yoakam developed at an early age in Kentucky, and that has inspired him for many years thereafter. Yoakam’s choice to partner with Sugar Hill for this release speaks volumes about the seriousness of this endeavor; Sugar Hill and its sister label Rounder have long been at the forefront of bluegrass, roots and Americana music.
2. Free To Go
3. Sad, Sad Music
4. These Arms
5. I Wouldn’t Put It Past Me
7. Two Doors Down
8. Guitars, Cadillacs
9. Home For Sale
10. Please, Please Baby
11. Gone (That’ll Be Me)
12. Purple Rain
Yoakam is currently out on tour and made a stop for a special performance and Q&A at AmericanaFest in Nashville on Wednesday, September 21st at The Ford Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.