Dwight Yoakam, the intellectual punk of country music, just put out his 14th studio album, Second Hand Heat, and he performed on NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers both looking and sounding fresh as ever.
Yoakam chose to perform “Liar” from his newest release, and he swiveled and sang his way through a phenomenal performance. His appearance proved that Yoakam is certainly still one of a kind.
While most country stars draw from their personal experiences, Yoakam said that inspiration was found elsewhere. He told Rolling Stone Country, “I didn’t sit down and say, ‘Well, so this has happened to me today,'” he said. “I’m not a journal keeper and never have been. I have random thoughts and interactions in my personal life that become catalyst for song ideas, but then that’s where the journalizing stops. It is, basically, a thematic catalyst. What’s really important is that they live beyond me. Hopefully, it speaks in a more universal way.”
The singer-songwriter seems to be embracing his age. Quoting the 1974 film Chinatown, he explained why to Rolling Stone Country: “‘Well, you know, Jake, what they say: Ugly buildings, politicians and whores all get respectable if they last enough.’ So, you know, even rebellious upstarts get respectable if they last long enough.” Check out the performance below.