by Sandra Lewis    Sun, Nov 27, 2005, 06:36 PM

I am not a person with a huge collection of music and the music I do own is quite eclectic, classical, rock, alternative, gospel, and some I don't know how to classify like the Red Elvises.

And then there’s country. Half of my country music collection is Dwight Yoakam. Since I only have four country music CDs ripped to iTunes, that means two of those are Dwight. If I count a couple of cassettes of his music I purchased several years ago, then more than half of my country collection is Dwight.

Dwight performed at Billy Bob's Texas Saturday night and I was there with my friend Gracie to hear him.

His voice is crystal clear and every bit as strong in person as it is recorded. And he does this thing with his voice that, well, I’m not even sure how to describe except it’s pure enjoyment when I hear it.

I admire singers who are also songwriters and Dwight definitely fits into this category.

He kicked off the show with “She’ll Remember” from his most recent album, “Blame the Vain”; Dwight penned every song on this album and it’s one of his best in years.

ACF13A8.jpgGracie and I had the cheap, general admission tickets so we didn’t get to see much of Dwight, we mostly just listened. This was ok as we were too busy between his opening song and encore scootin' our boots and twirling around the dance floor to even care; really, I had no idea I could spin like that.

Dwight’s encore song was “Crazy Little Thing Called Love."  If I had to pick out a favorite Dwight song (which is hard to do because all his stuff is a favorite) this one makes the list.

I had a suspicion that Dwight didn’t write it, but who did?  Elvis, maybe? It sounds like something Elvis would sing.  So, as I often do out of pure curiosity, I turned to the Internet to find out.

And I was shocked at what I discovered.

Freddie Mercury of Queen wrote “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” during a soak in the tub.

Wow. It’s a Freddie Mercury tune. Go figure. Dwight recorded it in 1999 for The Gap; the song debuted in a commercial for the clothing retailer during the 1999 Academy Awards.  I'm glad he did.

I had a chance encounter with Dwight sans the cowboy hat this past July at a back table in Terrilli’s a couple of days following his concert at Gilley’s. I couldn’t resist the opportunity to shake his hand and tell him I enjoyed the concert.

I doubt my luck will hold for another chance encounter with Dwight following last night’s concert, so this will have to do – thanks for a crazy little evening at Billy Bob's Texas Mr. Yoakam.

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