Dwight Yoakam will release a new album, Second Hand Heart, on April 14.
Dwight Yoakam is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and film director who is most famously known for his country music. He has recorded more than 21 albums and compilations, charted more than 30 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, and sold more than 25 million records. He recorded his opening verse to “Second Hand Heart” a few years ago, but he never finished it. According to his bio, Dwight says his opening verse leads the collection of songs and no longer wonders why it was not a part of another album.
The Second Hand Heart album is a return to Yoakamâ€™s fiery cowpunk sound. Cowpunk, also known as country punk, began in the UK and California in the late 1970s and early 1980s. It combines punk rock with country music, folk music, and blues. With Yoakam’s career in Nashville flailing, he moved to Los Angeles in the late seventies. Here, he discovered cowpunk opening for punk and rock bands like X and Los Lobos. While in Los Angeles, Yoakam did many shows in rock and punk clubs around the city.
Yoakam went seven years without releasing an album of original songs. He broke the spell in 2012 by releasing Three Pears. Now that he is releasing Second Hand Heart via Warner Bros. Records, he is back playing in theaters and casinos and no longer cares about making the charts.