Dwight Sings Buck
Label: New West Records
Bakersfield's patron saint gets the best homage anyone could have paid. Like the album title says, Dwight Yoakam sings the hell out of these Buck Owens hits and guess what? Some of them sound better than the originals. Listen to "Love's Gonna Live Here" and hear for yourself. Yoakam also produced this album, making sure it sounded punchy and crisp. The Telecasters burn warm tones and he even got some guitar parts to recall Owens' old guitar player Don Rich's signature style of call-and-response licks intertwining with the lead vocal. Yoakam didn't have to do honky-tonk homework on this one. He lives it.