New Music: Dwight Yoakam returns with ‘Second Hand Heart’

Dwight Yoakam

Second Hand Heart | Dwight Yoakam

A wek from now (April 14) veteran country singer/songwriter and actor delivers his latest album, Second Hand Heart, his 14th studio effort. Already the title track has been getting plenty of recognition and airplay, and has been favorably compared to something that would have been done by the late Roy Orbison. A true highlight of Second Hand Heart is his take on Man of Constant Sorrow, a folk song more than 100 years old. Yoakam describes his version as “a collision of Bill Monroe meeting the Ramones.” But, that’s not surprising as Yoakam has spent as much of his career chasing his punk sensitivities as he has his country roots. This has given rise to his recent work begin tagged “cowpunk.” Whatever it is, Yoakam’s newest album, which has just 10 cuts, is worth a listen or two. Snag the MP3 version on Amazon for $8.99 or the CD for $10.