Dwight put his own bluegrass spin on Prince’s mega hit “Purple Rain” for his new album, Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars…pre-order your copy today and get “These Arms” and “Guitars, Cadillacs” instantly!
Via Rolling Stone:
In April of this year, Dwight Yoakam and his band spent four days in a recording studio, working up 13 tracks for Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars…, his upcoming album featuring bluegrass renderings of some of the Kentucky native's best-known tunes. But on the third day, the album took an unexpected turn as Yoakam – and the rest of the world – learned of the death of music icon Prince. In a spontaneous expression of grief, Yoakam and his fellow musicians cut a grassy, upbeat version of "Purple Rain," replacing the blazing guitar work with fiddle, mandolin but retaining the same youthful spirit with which Prince had imbued the original.
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Dwight’s upcoming album doesn’t come out until next Friday, September 23, but you can listen to it in its entirety now, thanks to NPR!
"Has any country artist made a more convincing case for the hipness of hillbilly sensibilities than Dwight Yoakam? He's built a singular career out of challenging the opposition between what's perceived as artless and rustic and what's seen as cultivated and citified. It's proven to be a richly complex, consuming and decades-long project, furthered by his stylishly sharpened, post-British Invasion honky-tonk sound; a hat-sporting stage persona that exudes magnetic, peacocking masculinity; and a smartly crafted narrative that frames him as a Kentucky-born California migrant who carved out space for his defiantly down-home aesthetic in the midst of a cool rock scene…”
Read more and listen to the album HERE!
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Dwight’s upcoming project, Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars… will feature bluegrass renditions of some of his biggest hits – and one notable cover song.
People magazine has the exclusive first listen to Dwight’s version of “Purple Rain,” performed by the late, great Prince.
"With three decades of music under his buckled belt, Dwight Yoakam has cemented his status as a country icon – and on his forthcoming album, he's not only covering his own songs but one by a pop legend as well.”
LISTEN and read Dwight’s interview with People HERE.
Dwight’s new album, Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars… is out September 23 and currently available for pre-order. Purchase your copy today and you’ll receive the bluegrass renditions of “These Arms” and “Guitars, Cadillacs” instantly.
"Fleshed out by an assortment of deeper cuts from Yoakam's vast catalog and an inspired cover of Prince's 'Purple Rain,' the record doesn't shy away from the cowpunk progenitor's more mainstream fare. 'Guitars, Cadillacs' – Number 94 on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time – covers that mark, with Yoakam slowing down the tempo to recast the radio hit as a backporch jam. His lament about being a "naïve fool who came to Babylon" sounds even more tortured in this more sparse arrangement (via Rolling Stone).”
Rolling Stone premiered “Guitars, Cadillacs” on Friday – read more and preview the track here.
Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars… is available for pre-order HERE.