Dwight Yoakam recorded Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc. Etc., his debut record for Reprise Records, back in the late 1980s, when radio country music was awash in self-parody and music-by-numbers arrangements. And, I'm here to tell you, it felt like a giant cresting wave sweeping across the desert when I first heard it. A landmark in the growing alt-country sub-genre (but also a massive hit with mainstream country, too), that album remains on the essentials list.For Second Hand Heart, his 19th studio album, Yoakam has returned to the label that gave him his start.
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