Dwight Yoakam’s new album is ‘Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars…’ ‘ It’s the Grammy winning veteran country music superstar’s first ever bluegrass album and features a cover of Prince’s ‘Purple Rain.’ The critics are weighing in and you can see a of reviews right here.

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It’s been thirty years since Dwight Yakum rose to fame with his debut album ‘Guitars, Cadillacs’ in 1986. He’s gone on to sell more than 25 million records worldwide and to blaze the country music charts with more than two dozen hit singles.

This time around, for his 22nd album, Dwight Yoakam explores his early roots and the bluegrass style of his native Kentucky in an album that’s a reworking of some of his earlier songs one of his biggest hits, the title track of ‘Guitars, Cadillacs.’ The album boasts some notable collaboration with such luminaries in the bluegrass scene as guitarist Bryan Sutton, banjoist Scott Vestal and fiddler Stuart Duncan.

It also includes the aforementioned re-envisioning of Prince’s iconic song ‘Purple Rain.’ In an interview with Rolling Stone Country, he said of the stunning rendition — which he and his band recorded upon learning of the untimely and shocking death of the music legend in August — “The melody can haunt you.” He elaborated, adding, There’s such a purity and innocence to it. I don’t think that maybe it’s a musical approach he would have taken [laughs] but it works for us.”

As the album arrives in full the critics have been weighing in. Here’s a roundup of reviews.

“….Of course, the bulk of the headlines concerning this album revolve around his cover of Prince’s “Purple Rain,” and as he always has, Yoakam delivers on the cut. In all honestly, if you had never heard the song….you might think it’s a pure-bred Bluegrass classic. He does an exceedingly great job at making it come across as authentic as possible. And, in the case of Dwight Yoakam, this music from the hills rings as true and as heartfelt as his contributions to the Los Angeles “Cowpunk” scene in the early to mid 1980s, as well as his musical allegiance to the Buck Owens Bakersfield sound…..” –Sounds Like Nashville

“….An avid historian of all things Americana, Yoakam brings a deep understanding of the depth and breadth of roots music to every track here. The exquisite harmonies coloring “Listen” recall the glory days of A-Team vocal groups such as the Jordanaires and the Anita Kerr Singers. Similarly evocative, the galloping “Gone” receives an uptempo treatment that conjures the vintage virtuosity of bluegrass greats Flatt and Scruggs. …..” –Tone Audio

Check back as more reviews arrive. Meanwhile, you can see Dwight Yoakam’s ‘Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars…’ album cover art below and listen to the full audio stream, via NPR here.

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