Genre: Country; Lead Performer: Dwight Yoakam is the best thing Dwight Yoakam’s done in years: 25 of his past recordings, cut anew…just the man and his guitar. Yoakam responds to the intimate setting beautifully, singing his heart out. There are many fine moments; the best comes on ”Two Doors Down,” when he tosses off an improvised vocal lick with the offhand brilliance of Bing Crosby. It stops time. A-

Originally posted June 2 2000 — 12:00 AM EDT

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