There were many so-called outsiders inside Staples Center on Friday for Eric Church's stop as part of his "The Outsiders World Tour." So many outcasts that they couldn't help but bond like a bunch of insiders.
he'd hit the Whisky a Go Go, yet another of the boulevard's music-related landmarks, for a raucous concert marking the April 14 release of his new album, "Second Hand Heart."Of the Whisky gig, where he performed tunes from "Second Hand Heart" for the first time since recording the album, Yoakam, 58, laughed and said, "It was like coming down the backside of Coldwater Canyon with no brakes." Even so, the show, like everything he'd done over the last few days, felt significant.
"It all kind of bookends what I was doing at the beginning of my career."Memories of Yoakam's scrappy early days on the L. club circuit — including a record-release show he played at the Roxy nearly 30 years ago to celebrate his debut album — course through "Second Hand Heart," which roars with the punky guitars and headlong tempos this Kentucky native picked up from bands like X and the Dils after he moved here in the late '70s.
That history meant something to Yoakam, whose musical knowledge runs deep enough that he can expound for 15 minutes on the provenance of the studio's linoleum floors.
"But it's not just deifying something because it's old," he insisted. That car is an embarrassment."Instead, Yoakam was drawn to the room's still-crisp acoustics — "Capitol B is a shrine because it tells you no lies," he said — and to its famous reverb chambers.
Consider that on "3 Pears" Yoakam affectionately covered the Bee Gees' "To Love Somebody," while the new album has a blistering version of the folk standard "Man of Constant Sorrow" that the singer described as "Bill Monroe meets the Ramones."Which isn't to say that one record represents the real Dwight Yoakam more than the other.