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Welcome to my Dwight Yoakam Guitars Cadillacs acoustic guitar songs page. Below you'll find a collection of Dwight Yoakam covers for the acoustic as I play them with one guitar.

There are also free chord sheets in pdf. format, rhythm tips and some history on each song. If you require the full tutorial lessons, there are purchase links for a small fee.

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Dwight Yoakam Guitars Cadillacs
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1. 1000 Miles

Dwight Yoakam wrote this song and put it on his 1987 Hillbilly Deluxe album but the song was never released as a single.

But it's still a cool song for the acoustic with only three chords.

There was no music video created for this song either.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = use a root down up bass down up or root down up bass up down up pattern
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = E, A, B7
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2. 1000 Miles From Nowhere

Dwight Yoakam wrote this number and recorded it for his second album "This Time" back in 1993.

The song peaked at #2 on the US country charts and was in two movies, Red Rock West and Chasers. The song has also been covered by Paul Hardcastle and Stephen Schijns.

Kelly Willis is featured in the music video which Dwight Yoakam also helped direct.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 5th fret
  • Rhythm = use a root down up root up down up pattern
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, Em, C, D

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3. Ain't That Lonely Yet

This song was the lead single from Dwight Yoakam's 1993 album "This Time" and became a #2 in the US and a #1 in Canada. It also won a Grammy Award fo rBest Male Vocal Performance.

This song was co-written by Kostas and James House. It's easy to see why this became one of those Dwight Yoakam top songs. He also co-directed the music video with Carolyn Mayer.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 5th fret
  • Rhythm = root up down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords =  G, G#, Am, F, C, E7 
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4. Buenas Noches From A Lonely Room

This song is also the title of the album which Yoakam released in Aug of 1988. The album spawned four singles including this song, which peaked at #46 on the county charts.

Dwight Yoakam changed up his band somewhat for this album by eliminating his fiddle play, replacing his bass player and adding a keyboardist.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root down up root up down up or root down up down up root up down up
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords =  E, A, B7
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5. Close Up The Honky Tonks

Red Simpson, a writer of many trucker themed songs over the years, wrote this tune which Dwight Yoakam recorded for his "Dwight Sings Buck" album from 2007. Many of the tracks on this album were written or co-written by Buck Owens.

As this was a tribute album to Buck Owens, to my knowledge there were no single releases.

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes
  • Capo = 3rd fret
  • Rhythm = down down down down up down up down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, G7, C, D 
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6. Guitars And Cadillacs

Dwight Yoakam shows not only can he perform a great country song but he can write them also. From the "Guitars Cadillacs Etc Etc" of 1986, he scored a #4 in the US and a #2 in Canada with this song. The wild guitar playing on this track is from album producer Pete Anderson who also played on other songs with Dwight.

The song made an appearance in two Terminator films, Judgement Day and Dark Fate. American rockers The Protomen also covered this song. 

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes
  • Capo = 2nd fret
  • Rhythm = walking bass down up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, D 
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7. Home For Sale

This is another song written by Dwight Yoakam from his "This Time" album from 1993, which by the way, was his biggest selling album. 

This song was not selected for a single release but a great song for the acoustic player.

An easy play and makes for a great Dwight Yoakam guitar lesson if you're a beginner.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root up down up root up down up and repeat 
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = E, B7, E7, A, D, Gbm, C, F, Ab 
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8. I Sang Dixie

This song was the 2nd single from Dwight's "Buenas Noches From A Lonely Room" album released back in 1988 and was a #1 on the US and Canadian country charts. He had written the song several years earlier and recorded a demo back in 1981, but never got around to putting in on an album until 1988.

At your next gig when someone yells, "play Dwight Yoakam songs", hit em' with this classic.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root up down up and repeat
  • Picking = No
  • Chords =  E, A, B7
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9. Johnson's Love

Another song from the pen of DY, Johnson's Love is a ballad and was one of three slow songs Dwight wrote early in his career. 7 of the 10 songs on the Hillbilly Deluxe album were written by Dwight and three were covers.

This particular song was not one of the four singles from the album. Grab the free Dwight Yoakam lyrics sheet below.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = arpeggio for the beginning and then root up down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes root up down up root up down up and repeat
  • Chords =  G, C, G, C/G
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10. Love Caught Up To Me

This is one that Dwight Yoakam wrote for his album "Tomorrows Sounds Today" which was released back in 2000.

Two singles came from the album and peaked at #26 and #49 but this song was not released as a single.

Download the free Dwight Yoakam chords sheet below.

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = down down down up down up  and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = D, G, A, Gb, E, F, A#
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11. Pocket Of A Clown

In 1994 the album "This Time" was released and with it this single called "Pocket Of  A Clown". There were five singles from the album and three went to #2, one went to #14 and this one peaked at #22 in the US and #4 in Canada.

The song was written by Dwight and a music video was also produced for the song.

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes
  • Capo = 2nd fret
  • Rhythm = down up down up down up and repeat with walking bass
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, D, C, A  
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12. Purple Rain

Purple Rain of course is a song initially recorded by Price back in 1984 and the song peaked at #2 on the charts in the US.

Dwight Yoakam put this track on his 2017 album "Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars" but he performed the song bluegrass style. 

Below are the Dwight Yoakam Purple Rain chords needed for this one.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = Capo 3rd fret
  • Rhythm = root down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, D, Em, C, D7 
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13. Stop The World And Let Me Off

Dwight would play this song in concert as a tribute to Waylon Jennings who had success with this song, but Waylon wasn't the first to record this song. In fact it was by Carl Belew who wrote and recorded it back in 1957. And then later that year Patsy Cline did a version and had success with the song.

Waylon did his version in 1965.

Dwight's version can be found on the compilation album "Dwight's Used Records" from 2004.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = D, A, G 

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14. The Back Of Your Hand

This song was one of two singles released in 2003 but neither song cracked the top 40 country singles chart. When an artist signs with a label, those labels have influence on getting your songs on the radio. The larger the label, the more influence.

Dwight changed labels from Reprise to Warner Bros and for this album to a much weaker label called Audium out of NYC. They never had the clout to get much airplay for this album called "Population Me". It was also the last album with guitarist and producer Pete Anderson after a 20 year friendship which ended up in a court battle.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = you'll combine some single note arpeggio playing with this song and use a root down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking = No
  • Chords = G, C, D, Em, D/Gb 
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15. The Streets Of Bakersfield

This song was Dwight Yoakam's first #1 in the US but his first #1 was Honky Tonk Man in Canada two years earlier.

From his "Buenas Noches From A Lonely Room" album of 1988, The Streets Of Bakersfield was a duet with his mentor Buck Owens. Homer Joy wrote the song years earlier and it was recorded by Buck back in 1972, but he had little commercial success at that time.

This duet version was the first time Buck Owens had seen a #1 in 16 years.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 2nd fret
  • Rhythm = root down root up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, C, D 
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16. Things Change

"A Long Way Home" was the 9th album from Dwight Yoakam and hit the airwaves in 1998. This song was one of two singles from that album and reached #17 on the US country charts.

This song was also written by Dwight Yoakam.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root down up down up down down repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords =  A, E, D, Gbm
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17. Turn It On Turn It Up Turn Me Loose

It's not often that five singles come off of one album but that's what happened in 1990 with Dwight's "If There Was A Way" album. Two songs were in the top 10 and the other three were in the top 20, including this one, which peaked at #11 in the US and #5 in Canada.

The song was co-written by Kostas and Wayland Patton.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root down up bass up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = E, B7, E7, A
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18. Two Doors Down

This track can be found on the 1993 album "This Time".

Dwight co-wrote this song with Nashville writer Kostas.

Of the 5 singles released from this album, this song was not one of them.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking = No
  • Chords = G, D, C, A7 

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19. You're The One

In 1991 this single was released from the album "If There Was A Way" and peaked at #5 in the US and #4 in Canada. There was also a music video created for the song.

This is another song that Yoakam had written 9 years earlier and it sat and gathered dust until it found it's place on this album.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root up down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, C, D, Am, D/Gb, D7, Adim, Em, E/Eb, E/D, A7, Am7

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