Because he's cool like that, longtime hero Dwight Yoakam invited us to Wednesday's Conan filming, where he played "Blame The Vain". Green room security rushed us because we weren't wearing our badge, but they eased off when we said we were there with Dwight. "Sorry man, Lindsay Lohan's here and interns keep trying to hang out..."
No sweat dude. While we chatted with the man hisself, Lohan and posse left in a flurry of blown kisses and "See you in LA" cries. But the low point was when she stepped on the elevator to leave and every third woman backstage was giving that old tired "Sooooo skinny, it's terrible! Really I think it's just sad" bullshit. OH, PLEASE - SAVE IT PEOPLE. Nobody asked for your commentary on that girl's body. Nobody.
Anyway, you can't actually watch the show live from the green room - there's just a monitor - and that kinna bummed us out, but then Dwight came off stage after yucking it up with Conan for a bit. Dude's definitely a vet (we were in fourth grade when we started listening to him) and he was breaking down the whole studio food chain. "Letterman was here for 25 years. I did Carson three times, then Letterman here 18 times, and this is my sixth time doing Conan..." Okay we can't remember exactly how many times he played each one, but it was something along those lines. Then he told us about how Tom Dowd came in and did the sound system in the studio.
After walking out of 30 Rock to a big crowd of autograph hounds, Yoakam sat on his parked tour bus and proceeded to meticulously break down the evolution of hillybilly music all the way through the post-Elvis dry-up in Nashville, the breakthrough with the Everly Bros, and the influence of all that on damn near every Beatles album. Yoakam even stopped along the way for asides on the Fab Four's mod threads, the intricacies of their gear (string gauges, John sanding off his guitar's tobacco finish), some bootleg recordings from Japan, a series of jokes about Imus - and then he tied all that back to various specific moments in his new record, many of which he recorded as an homage to various musical memories from his childhood. Whew. Thanks, Dwight.