Just Call Me Lonesome

Album: Del Rio, Texas, 1959 (1992)


  • Singer/songwriter Radney Foster told us that he is often mistaken for Country music artist Dwight Yoakam on this song. "I think it was mostly because of the Bakersfield shuffle, and he owned so much of that real estate, so to speak," he says. This song is reminiscent of the sounds of several Country music legends, and that is exactly what Foster was striving for when he wrote it. "I was writing with George Ducas, and just really trying to figure out how to write something that Harlan Howard would have written, or Ray Price, or Buck Owens would have sung. Just how much I love that feel, and the whole thing." And with this song, he hit pay dirt. "When I turned it in to Arista Records, they jumped up and down - literally - and said, 'That's it. That's your first single, buddy.'" (Check out our full interview with Radney Foster.)
  • Emerging in the '60s, the Bakersfield sound - so called because its creator lived in Bakersfield, California - is the product of Buck Owens. It is a more rock-influenced interpretation of the hardcore honky tonk made popular in the '40s by artists such as Hank Williams. Owens scored 15 consecutive #1 hits in the mid-'60s.
  • Dwight Yoakam grew up listening to the music of Hank Williams and Buck Owens, and their sound was incorporated into his own style. Yoakam is credited with helping return country music to its roots in the '80s with his stripped-down approach to honky-tonk music.


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Grunge Bands Quiz

Grunge Bands QuizMusic Quiz

If the name Citizen Dick means anything to you, there's a chance you'll get some of these right.

Experience Nirvana with Sub Pop Founder Bruce Pavitt

Experience Nirvana with Sub Pop Founder Bruce PavittSong Writing

The man who ran Nirvana's first label gets beyond the sensationalism (drugs, Courtney) to discuss their musical and cultural triumphs in the years before Nevermind.

Oliver Leiber

Oliver LeiberSongwriter Interviews

Long before she was judging contestants on American Idol, Oliver was producing Paula Abdul. Here's how he helped turn this unknown choreographer into a star.

Roger McGuinn of The Byrds

Roger McGuinn of The ByrdsSongwriter Interviews

Roger reveals the songwriting formula Clive Davis told him, and if "Eight Miles High" is really about drugs.

Barney Hoskyns Explores The Forgotten History Of Woodstock, New York

Barney Hoskyns Explores The Forgotten History Of Woodstock, New YorkSong Writing

Our chat with Barney Hoskyns, who covers the wild years of Woodstock - the town, not the festival - in his book Small Town Talk.

Mac Powell of Third Day

Mac Powell of Third DaySongwriter Interviews

The Third Day frontman talks about some of the classic songs he wrote with the band, and what changed for his solo country album.