When Buck Owens' career stalled in the mid-'70s, he began concentrating on his many business ventures and investments. He seemed to be waiting for the Bakersfield sound that he helped develop to come back into style. It did in 1988 in the guise of Dwight Yoakam, who recorded "Streets of Bakersfield" as a duet with Owens, briefly re-establishing him with a number one single. That same year he released Hot Dog!, his first album since 1976. While the snappy title track received light country airplay, it disappeared quickly. This isn't one of Owens' best albums by a long shot, but it is a fun session, with Buck covering a few rock & roll classics from the '50s ("Summertime Blues" and "Memphis Tennessee"), plus a reworking of his 1959 hit "Under Your Spell Again."
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AllMusic Review by Al Campbell