In Dwight Yoakam’s 30-plus-year career as a high-grade, hardcore, honky-tonkin’, musical maverick, he hasn’t recorded too many songs he co-wrote with other artists. He’s covered a lot of songs other artists have written, but generally speaking, he wrote the majority of his singles by himself.
Of course there are exceptions, like “It Only Hurts When I Cry,” which he co-penned with Roger Miller, and cuts like “It’s Never Alright,” which he co-penned with Ashley Monroe. My point is, it’s big deal when Dwight co-writes with other artists, as least from a fan’s perspective—which I most certainly am.
Chris Stapleton can add his name to small list of artists Dwight has invited into his writing sanctuary.
The pair co-penned “Then Here Came Monday,” which will be available for streaming on May 25, along with another new tune from Dwight, “Pretty Horses.”
The release of the new music comes as Dwight gears up for his LSD Tour with Steve Earle and Lucinda Williams. The 20-date tour kicks off on June 12 in Boston and makes stops in New York, L.A., Nashville and more.
Listen to “Then Here Came Monday” below.
photo by Jim Casey