Dwight Yoakam mood today.
I've been listening to the man since maybe 1990 or so - and I was a late comer to his music.
About this time, Morty and I went through our "country phase", though he mostly grew out of it, I've held onto and retained some of mine.
Back then it was newer country to which we listened - Garth Brooks, Clint Black and such - and mostly via a dive gay bar jukebox. I kind of kept up with some country, but never a huge purchaser of it, I did morph off into following more of a folk and bluegrass thing. New country got newer, more pop and more about looks than sound.
Yoakam, while not an old-timer then, really hearkened back to the days of honky tonk country - ala Buck Owens and such. Not the Owens we knew from Hee Haw, but a harder lined singer / songwriter.
Yoakam has a lot more full-on honky-tonk'd music than my selection, "AThousand Miles From Nowhere", but you're a sensitive group who might not listen to something like that, let alone like it.
I've been listening to this song for, oh g-d, let's see....1993, and at the 0:00:32 mark, I still hear the line "I've got pickles in my head". I know that's not the line - well, I learned that eventually - but that is the only way I can hear it anymore. Of course it has become a source of amusement for 710 when I sing it that way.
Yoakam has some great stuff though - "Inside the Pocket of a Clown", "Fast as You Can", "Turn it On, Turn it Up, Turn it Loose" and a few dozen others. Sure it's an acquired taste, but it's the real thing.