Personnel includes: Dwight Yoakam (vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion); Buck Owens, K.D. Lang (vocals); Pete Anderson (acoustic, electric & baritone guitars); Tom Brumley (pedal steel guitar); Scott Joss (mandolin); Flaco Jiminez (accordion); Skip Edwards, Glen D. Hardin (piano); J.D. Foster (bass); Jeff Donaovan (drums).
Personnel: Dwight Yoakam (vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion, background vocals); k.d. lang, Buck Owens (vocals); Pete Anderson (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, percussion); Tom Brumley (steel guitar); Scott Joss (mandolin, background vocals); Brantley Kearns (fiddle, background vocals); Don Reed (fiddle); Flaco Jimnez (accordion); Glen D. Hardin, Skip Edwards (piano); Dusty Wakeman (bass guitar, 6-string bass); J.D. Foster, Taras Prodaniuk (bass guitar); Jeff Donovan, Jeff Donavan (drums); Jim Lauderdale (background vocals).
Recording information: Capital Studios; Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA.
Photographer: Peter Darley Miller.
Released in 1989 just three years after his debut, Just Lookin' for a Hit may have been a bit premature for a greatest-hits album, but it did the trick and sold better than any album Dwight Yoakam had thus far issued. This set is chock-full of the definitive Dwight -- at the time -- from the opener, a hard rocking version of the Dave Alvin & the Blasters' "Long White Cadillac," to his self-penned honky tonk soul jam "Little Ways," before moving into hardcore barroom twang with Johnny Horton's "Honky Tonk Man" and the rockabilly country kicker "I Got You." Just how closely Yoakam walked the line between hard country and soulful rockabilly is nowhere more evident than it is on his cover of Doc Pomus' "Little Sister." Thankfully his theme "Guitars, Cadillacs" is here as is his duet with k.d. lang on Gram Parsons' "Sin City." Add "I Sang Dixie," "Please, Please Baby," and his duet with Buck Owens on "Steets of Bakersfield." When one considers that these are merely highlights -- and some of them arguable choices -- from his first three records, the true value of Yoakam as a recording artist who single-handedly revitalized traditional country music becomes evident. This is a smoking hits collection but is only a taste of the treasures that lie within the individual albums themselves. ~ Thom Jurek