“In another time and place,” sings Dwight Yoakam on the buoyant opening track of “Second Hand Heart,” the new album that takes the pioneering honky-tonker back to the label where began thirty years ago.
Yoakam’s distinctive vocals accented with his Kentucky croon sound as strong today as they did on his debut album. Its release immediately yielded hit singles, and over the course of some 21 albums totaling more than 25 million in sales worldwide, Yoakam has continued to sing, write and play music brimming with hard country and rock & roll. “Second Hand Heart” was self-produced by Yoakam and reflects where he’s been, but even more so, where he’s going.
His deep knowledge of music history seeps into his own sonic playbook, with hints of Elvis, The Everly Brothers, The Beatles and the Beach Boys, among other influences. Yet once Yoakam “puts his hillbilly voice on it,” as he refers to it, he makes it his own.