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.
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1000 Miles was written by Dwight Yoakam and put it on his 1987 Hillbilly Deluxe album but the song was never released as a single.
The track is a melancholic ballad that speaks to the longing and heartache of a man who is separated from the woman he loves. The narrator sings of how much he misses his lover and how he feels lost without her. Despite the distance between them, he still feels a deep connection to her, and he dreams of the day when they can be reunited.
But it's still a cool song for the acoustic with only three chords.
There was no music video created for "1000 Miles." However, Dwight Yoakam did perform the song live on several TV shows and concerts throughout his career.
1000 Miles From Nowhere was a Dwight Yoakam number he wrote 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 story of "1000 Miles From Nowhere" is about a man who is trying to escape from his troubles by running away to a place where no one knows him. He travels a thousand miles from his old life and finds himself in a small town in the middle of nowhere.
There, he tries to start over and forget about the past, but he finds that it's not easy to leave his problems behind. The song's haunting melody and Yoakam's emotive vocals capture the sense of loneliness and isolation that the narrator feels in this new place.
Ain't That Lonely Yet 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.
The story of "Ain't That Lonely Yet" is about a man who has just ended a relationship and is trying to convince himself that he's not as lonely as he feels. He goes out to bars and tries to distract himself with other people, but he realizes that he's just pretending and that he still feels a deep sense of loss.
The song's melancholy melody and Yoakam's soulful vocals capture the sense of heartbreak and longing that the narrator feels.
Buenas Noches From A Lonely Room (She Wore Red Dresses)" is a song that was included on Dwight Yoakam's album titled "Buenas Noches from a Lonely Room," which was released in 1988. The song was written by Dwight Yoakam himself.
The song was released as a single in 1988. It peaked at #46 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
The song is about a man who is in love with a woman who wears red dresses. He is infatuated with her, but she only uses him for her own pleasure. The narrator is aware of this but cannot resist her charms. He knows that their relationship is doomed, but he still wants to be with her, even if it means he will end up lonely in the end.
The song's haunting melody and Yoakam's distinctive vocals capture the sense of desperation and longing that the narrator feels.
There was an official music video produced for "Buenas Noches From A Lonely Room." The video features Yoakam performing the song in a dimly-lit room while various scenes of a woman wearing red dresses play out. Les Rose directed the music video for "Buenas Noches From A Lonely Room," which was filmed in black and white to enhance the song's brooding and melancholic mood.
Close Up The Honky Tonks was written by Red Simpson, a writer of many trucker themed songs over the years 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.
"Close Up The Honky Tonks" was not released as a single by Yoakam. However, the song has been covered by several other artists, including Buck Owens and Merle Haggard.
The story of "Close Up The Honky Tonks" is about a man who is trying to forget a woman who has left him. He advises the bartender to "close up the honky tonks" and turn off the jukebox because the music is only making him more miserable. The narrator knows that he needs to move on from his heartbreak but is struggling to do so.
The song's classic country sound and Yoakam's emotive vocals capture the sadness and resignation of the narrator's situation.
Fast As You is a song that Dwight Yoakam recorded for his album titled "This Time," which was released in 1993 and was written by Dwight Yoakam himself.
The track was released as a single by Yoakam in 1993. The song peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and became one of Yoakam's most successful singles.
The story of "Fast As You" is about a man who is trying to convince his lover that he is the one for her. He boasts about his ability to keep up with her and says that he can love her "as fast as" she can run. The song's catchy guitar riff and upbeat tempo give it a rockabilly feel, and Yoakam's energetic vocals capture the confident and playful tone of the lyrics.
An official music video was produced for "Fast As You." The video was directed by Marcus Nispel and features Yoakam performing the song with his band in a warehouse while various images are projected onto the walls behind them. The video's edgy and stylized look reflects the song's rockabilly vibe and helped to further popularize the single.
Guitars And Cadillacs is a Dwight Yoakam country song that he wrote himself. 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.
"Guitars, Cadillacs" is about a man who has left behind his old life to pursue his dreams of playing music and driving fast cars. He sings about his love for guitars and Cadillac cars and how they represent the freedom and excitement of his new life. The song's twangy guitar riffs and upbeat tempo capture the energy and enthusiasm of Yoakam's character.
There was an official music video produced for "Guitars, Cadillacs." The video features Yoakam performing the song with his band in a honky-tonk bar while various images of guitars and Cadillacs are shown on a screen behind them. The video's simple and straightforward style reflects the song's traditional country sound and helped to establish Yoakam's image as a classic country artist.
The song made an appearance in two Terminator films, Judgement Day and Dark Fate. American rockers The Protomen also covered this song.
Home For Sale 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.
"Home For Sale" is a melancholic song about a man who is forced to sell his home and leave behind all of the memories he has made there. The song's slow tempo and mournful lyrics capture the sadness and loss that the man feels as he prepares to move on.
There was no official music video produced for "Home For Sale," as it was not released as a single from the album. However, Yoakam did perform the song on various television programs and during live performances.
Home Of The Blues ... info soon
I Sang Dixie 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
The song tells the story of a man who encounters a dying hobo in a Los Angeles alley. The man, who claims to be from Dixie, mistakes the protagonist for a fellow Southerner and begins to ramble about his life. The protagonist is moved by the man's story and sings "Dixie" to comfort him as he passes away.
At your next gig when someone yells, "play Dwight Yoakam songs", hit em' with this classic.
Johnson's Love is another great number written by Dwight Yoakam. 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.
Love Caught Up To Me 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.
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Pocket Of A Clown is from the 1994 album "This Time" and was released as a singl. 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.
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.
Sorry You Asked ... info soon
Stop The World And Let Me Off was played by Dwight 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.
The Back Of Your Hand 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.
The Streets Of Bakersfield 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.
Things Change hails from the album "A Long Way Home" which 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.
Turn It In Turn It Up Turn Me Loose is one of five singles that came off of this one album 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.
Two Doors Down 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.
You're The One was a 1991 single which was 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.
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