Entertainment Weekly - 6/2/00, p.79
"...The best thing Yoakam's done in years...just the man and his guitar....[He] responds to the intimate setting beautifully, singing his heart out. There are many fine moments..." - Rating: A-
CMJ - 8/00, p.72
"...A mindblower...Yoakam has written a ton of damn good country tunes over the years..."
Solo performer: Dwight Yoakam (vocals, guitar).
"A Thousand Miles From Nowhere" was nominated for the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance.
Inspired by fan reaction to the show-closing solo acoustic portion of his 1999 tour promoting that year's LAST CHANCE FOR A THOUSAND YEARS, this set draws from throughout Dwight Yoakam's career. Powering these stripped-down versions of Yoakam favorites are the singer-songwriter's nuanced vocal style and surprisingly impressive finger picking (with the occasional guitar solo by producer/running buddy Pete Anderson). Thanks to the trademark vibrato and yodeling the Ohio native uses on songs such as the bluesy shuffle of "Nothing's Changed Here" and "This Drinkin' Will Kill Me," it's easy to hear the ghosts of Lefty Frizzell and Johnny Horton hanging over this recording session.
Although Dwight Yoakam is most often associated with the Bakersfield sound, the narrative flow of songs like "Buenas Noches From a Lonely Room (She Wore Red Dresses)," and "Johnson's Love," shows he has just as much in common with Lubbock cousins the likes of Joe Ely and Guy Clark. Tunes such as his hiccuping cover of "Little Sister," and an uptempo arrangement of "Fast As You" that sounds like a Sun Studios outtake, point to the major role rockabilly plays in Yoakam's sound. Perfectly wrapping up Dwight Yoakam's soulful experiment is a chilling a cappella rendition of "Guitars, Cadillacs."