Dwight Yoakam Covered Prince’s “Purple Rain” as a Gift to People Everywhere


Dwight Yoakam is still taking the genre of country music to places it has never been. Most recently with his cover of Prince’s “Purple Rain” off his forthcoming bluegrass record Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars…

The track is a bluegrass interpretation of Prince’s legendary hit and comes just a few months after the legendary artist’s death.

For the making of Swimmin Pools, Movie Stars…,Yoakam assembled a band of bluegrass luminaries to reinterpret favorites from his catalogue of gems featuring eleven Yoakam compositions and a new cover of Prince’s “Purple Rain.” The new album reflects the love for bluegrass music that Yoakam developed at an early age in Kentucky, and that has inspired him for many years thereafter. Yoakam’s choice to partner with Sugar Hill for this release speaks volumes about the seriousness of this endeavor; Sugar Hill and its sister label Rounder have long been at the forefront of bluegrass, roots and Americana music.

The full album is out September 23.