Dwight Yoakam and the Buck Owens connection “Dim Lights, Thick Smoke”
by Walter Price
Joe and Rose Lee Maphis’ 1953 classic honky-tonk classic “Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (And Loud, Loud Music)” has always had a stranglehold on my authentic country heartstrings. Originally written in ‘52 and first recorded by legendary bluegrass duo Flatt & Scruggs; the song went on to be recorded by faves Flying Burrito Brothers, Jack Ingram, Marty Stuart and most recently by Dwight Yoakam for his spectacular 3 Pears album.
But little did I know why Yoakam recorded it, and I certainly didn’t understand the Buck Owens connection to the country standard. Dwight explained the track’s backstory on the Chris Shiflett podcast Walking The Floor.
Joe & Rose Lee Maphis 1959
Dwight Yoakam 2012