This reissue of Yoakam’s debut Guitars, Cadillacs, Et. Etc. gathers up the demos from 1981 that originally scored Yoakam a record deal and began his shift into the public eye. The second disc is a live show recorded at the Roxy in L.A. with Yoakam at his rock-a-billy best. Yoakam’s re-invention of the classic Bakersfield sound would go on to inspire countless acts for the next three decades, including many of the artists featured here in the past.
Also: Another less known Dwight Yoakam release that An Aquarium Drunkard fully endorses is the all-acoustic album dwightyoakamacoustic.net. This was originally an Internet only download, but has since been released on CD. It’s a fantastic, stripped down, look at Dwight’s outsider oeuvre.