Speaking of sinful omissions from Music Monday, my wife is going to kill me when she finds out I’ve gone two months without singing the praises of Dwight Yoakam. But, if only to avoid having to change the subtitle of my blog from “Texas Country” to “Kentucky Country,” I’m going to leave the Kentucky boys be and show some love to my home state instead.
Sarah Shook grew up in a fundamentalist household, fell in with the right wrong element when she moved to North Carolina, and looks like a character from a country noir story. And she kinda sings like Dwight Yoakam with a little more Hank and writes like Chris Knight.
Dwight Yoakam is not actually about Dwight Yoakam, just a song about a woman-stealing man who sings just like him. It is just so beautifully and simply written, with lines like “He don’t walk around like he’s broken” and “She took every last one of my good years,” but it is Shook’s mournful voice, with a little warble and a lot of soul, that makes the song.
Dwight Yoakam is off Sarah Shook & the Disarmers album Sidelong.
Music Monday is the brainchild of Drew at The Tattooed Book Geek. No Music Monday post at The Tattooed Book Geek this week, so check out the twangy The Drying of the Lawns over at The Past Due Review.
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