Critical praise for Dwight Yoakam’s Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars…

“A return to the sounds that shaped him, with bluegrass reinventions…”–The New York Times

“You can hear Yoakam making masterful choices on every phrase of these new versions…” –NPR Music

“Yoakam sounds right at home on these new versions, adding some pluck to his West Coast swagger.” –Rolling Stone Country

“Yoakam made a deliberate choice to amplify his expression in this unamplified
setting, because in his memory, bluegrass has always rocked. His version does, too.” –NPR First Listen

“Not only is this album a chance for Yoakam to prove that his material does in
fact work in a bluegrass context, but he also reinterprets his songs with some of the genre’s most celebrated pickers behind him.” –NPR

“With three decades of music under his buckled belt, Dwight Yoakam has cemented his status as a country icon—and on his forthcoming album, he’s not only covering his own songs but one by a pop legend as well.” –People Magazine

“Yoakam’s a modest and stripped-back take, and
it doesn’t have to fundamentally alter the song’s DNA to make it work as a country song.”

“So great to hear him back in the studio with his amazing voice and incredible guitar work...” –WNYC

“Those traditional bluegrass sensibilities were just waiting to bubble to the surface… Yoakam isn’t just dabbling in tradition: This is an album he was meant to record.”
“His performance feels warm and complementary – at times even reverent – to the harmonies beside him and the deft picking in the backdrop.” –The Bluegrass Situation

“Dwight Yoakam has been an American original from the get-go.” –ToneAudio

“Dwight Yoakam is still taking the genre of country music to places it has never been.”
–One Country

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