Just in time for CMA Music Fest in Downtown Nashville, Third Man Records and Dwight Yoakam have teamed up to release a new 7″ vinyl single on June 10th featuring The Monkees’ “Tomorrow’s Gonna Be Another Day” and “High On The Mountain Of Love,” which was popularized by The Beach Boys, among others.
The single is part of the label’s Blue Series where artists are invited to record a song or two at Third Man Studio in Nashville that gets produced by founder Jack White. The songs are then pressed onto 7″ vinyl and also made available digitally as soon as possible. The artwork for each release is taken from photos at the label’s “blue room” photo studio/live venue.
Produced by White and backed by the Third Man band of all-stars — Lillie Mae Rische, Daru Jones, Cory Younts, Dominic Davis, Fats Kaplin — Yoakam breathes life into these renditions that the label states “proves that with the right artist behind the microphone, any song’ll make an even better country song.”
The label describes Yoakam as “one of the best damn artists country music has ever known” as his popularity gained in the late 80s and Yoakam became one of country’s top hitmakers throughout the 90s.
“Today, the massive influence of Yoakam’s unique style of country music on Nashville is clearly demonstrated by the sheer number of times ‘Guitars, Cadillacs’ is picked on lower Broadway each day,” the label says in a press release. “It never gets old. It’s practically the city anthem.”
The Kentucky native was raised in Ohio, but moved to Nashville in 1977 to pursue his country music dreams. However, Yoakam was considered an outsider as his musical styles were better suited for the West Coast — Bakersfield’s and Los Angeles’ “Cowpunk” scene — more than Nashville’s traditional and Countrypolitan sound it had spent the better part of a century developing. As the 80s progressed, Nashville began to embrace the LA-based singer/songwriter’s style and make Yoakam a country superstar.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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