Covers: Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (And Loud, Loud Music)

“Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (And Loud, Loud Music)” was written by “Joe Maphis, Rose Lee Maphis and Max Fidler. It was originally recorded in December 1952 by the bluegrass duo Flatt & Scruggs, and later released by Joe & Rose Lee Maphis in 1953 as a single.”

Covers include versions by the Flying Burrito Brothers (recorded in 1969 but released later), Dwight Yoakam (2013) and John Prine and Amanda Shires (2016).

I saw Yoakam, Lucinda Williams, and Steve Earle perform it together as the final song on their LSD tour show on June 19, 2018.  It was more country and less rock than Yoakam’s solo version.

Flatt and Scruggs

Joe & Rose Lee Maphis

Flying Burrito Brothers

Dwight Yoakam

John Prine featuring Amanda Shires

Rehearsal during the LSD tour


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