Dave and Dwight performed together on Art Fein's "Lil Art's Poker Party" music talk show in January 1986. They played WHAT I DON'T KNOW and a medley of SWINGING DOORS and Patsy Cline's WALKING AFTER MIDNIGHT on acoustic guitars. The performances can be seen on YouTube.
McLeese views the Blasters and Yoakam connection as important in his career development. "Alvin heard something real in Dwight," McLeese writes: "and the Blasters adopted Dwight as their opening act, giving him the opportunity to make their crowd his crowd."
In the studio, Gene Taylor of the Blasters played piano on Yoakam's version of the Johnny Cash hit RING OF FIRE on the Guitars, Cadillacs album.
Yoakam returned the favor to Dave by covering his LONG WHITE CADILLAC on the 1989 best-of album Just Lookin' for a Hit. The album, which reached No. 3 on the country charts, provided a much-needed infusion of cash for Dave. "I was about forty grand in debt, living hand to mouth," he told McLeese when Dwight made the recording.
"I did it because I loved that song," Yoakam recounted to McLeese. "I thought it was one of the greatest songs ever written, a rock-and-roll homage to Hank Williams, who was essentially the first rock star."
LONG WHITE CADILLAC also was included on Dwight Live, a 1995 concert album, and Reprise Please Baby: The Warner Bros. Years, a four-CD box set in 2002. Along with Shakin' Stevens' recording of MARIE MARIE, a Top 20 single in England, Dwight's version of LONG WHITE CADILLAC is the best-known cover of a Dave Alvin song.
The last collaboration between Dwight and Dave came in 1991 when Dwight added backing vocals to HALEY'S COMET, one of the standout songs on Dave's debut album Blue BLVD for HighTone Records. In 2002, Dave was a contributor to the liner notes for Reprise Please Baby. -- AM