Personnel: Dwight Yoakam (vocals, guitar); Dean Parks (acoustic guitar); Pete Anderson (electric guitar); Al Perkins (lap & pedal steel guitars, dobro); Scott Joss, Don Reed (fiddle); Skip Edwards (keyboards); Charles Domanico (acoustic bass); Taras Prodaniuk (bass); Jeff Donavan (drums); Scott Humphrey (programming); Tommy Funderburk, Beth Andersen, Carl Jackson, Jim Haas, Jim Lauderdale (background vocals).
Recorded at Capitol Studios, Los Angeles, California.
"Ain't That Lonely Yet" won Best Male Country Vocal Performance in the 36th Annual Grammy Awards.
"Pocket Of A Clown" was nominated for Best Male Country Vocal Performance in the 37th Annual Grammy Awards.
Personnel: Dwight Yoakam (vocals, guitar).
Recording information: Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA.
Dwight Yoakam's sixth release, THIS TIME, is a progressive country gem which embraces the past while forging forward into the future. Stretching vocally and musically (he wrote or co-wrote all but one song), Dwight, a rebel with a Kentucky twang and an L.A. swagger, presents the best album of his career.
"A Thousand Miles From Nowhere" is a haunting, folk-rockabilly song with a unique country twist. "Pocket Of A Clown," with its "oooh waah" chorus, is a brilliant send-up of overly serious ballads. "Ain't That Lonely Yet" is a supreme pop song, the story of a heartless lover told to kiss-off, with a vocal that glides sky high. "Fast as You" is a sexy moaner, with evil chuckles, erotic purrs, and Orbison-esque growls and sighs, over a fantastic Hammond organ and "Pretty Woman"/"Peter Gunn" rhythm. "This Time" is a loose-jawed, traditional Buck Owens tribute, and "Wild Ride" could be a Rolling Stones out-take. "Lonesome Roads" catches the very '90s Yoakam blowing with the tumbleweed, straight back to the hillbilly traditions of Hank Williams and Jimmie Rodgers.
Rolling Stone (6/10/93, p.67) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...the finest showcase to date of Yoakam's artistry...From him, a slight shudder conveys more than most singers can express through a sob...Yoakam has learned to get where he's going with fewer strokes, less self-consciousness..."
Entertainment Weekly (4/2/93, p.51) - "...old-fashioned country shuffles with Elvis Presley attitude and long, Eric Clapton-style guitar outros...this is music for the long haul..." - Rating: A-
Q (4/93, p.91) - 3 Stars - Good - "...shows the wisdom of what might be called predictability....an approach that in clumsier hands might pass for parody and sentimentalism but Yoakam does have integrity..."
Musician (6/93, p.88) - "[Yoakam is] musically willing to combine honky-tonk and hillbilly configurations with rockabilly beats and stone rock guitar...an interesting mix of the shrewd and the guileless, and of each at different times pretending to be the other..."
Village Voice (3/1/94, p.5) - Ranked #26 in the Village Voice's 1993 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll.