Any time Dwight Yoakam news rolls down the pike it deserves your rapt attention, especially when it involves new music. Though no solid indication has been given as to why exactly we’re being graced by two new Dwight Yoakam songs—whether they’re leftovers from a previous album or primers for a new project to come—we’ll sure take them.
On Thursday (5-24), Dwight Yoakam unveiled “Then Here Came Monday” and “Pretty Horses” sort of 45 rpm flip side style via YouTube, and both will be available for streaming and purchase come Friday, May 25th. “Then Here Came Monday” is a old fashioned heartbreaker about trying to recover from a breakup over a bad weekend, only to be faced down by the start of a new week. Yoakam co-write the song with Chris Stapleton. “Pretty Horses” is a bit more upbeat.
The two songs were first unveiled exclusively this week through Dwight’s new Sirius XM channel called Dwight Yoakam & The Bakersfield Beat (ch.349). The channel features plenty of Dwight’s music, along with many of the greats who make up the Bakersfield and California country sound like Buck Owens, Wynn Stewart, Tommy Collins, The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers, The Eagles, The Blasters, Ricky Nelson, Emmylou Harris, and Linda Ronstadt among others. Some of the cowpunk sound that influenced Yoakam early in his career is also featured such as X, Lone Justice and Los Lobos.
Dwight Yoakam is also getting ready to embark on the LSD Tour with Lucinda Williams and Steve Earle starting in June. Dwight’s last album of original material was Second Hand Heart released in April of 2015, which means he’s just about due. He also released remakes of some of his biggest hits done bluegrass style in 2016 with Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars…