Gone by Dwight Yoakam
Released: Oct 1995
Label: Reprise
Appearing in 1995, this seventh album from the country music renaissance man may not have any songs as timeless as "A Thousand Miles from Nowhere," but "Don't Be Sad," "Gone (That'll Be Me)" and "Baby Why Not?" bring the real honky-tonk, while "Nothing," "Near You" (which sounds like Elvis Costello!) and "This Much I Know" show how far afield Yoakam is brave enough to go. He has a knack for folding countless styles into his music without losing touch with his roots. You'd swear "Heart of Stone" -- like This Time's "Pocket of a Clown" -- came out in 1960.
Mike McGuirk
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