Country, rock, singer, Dwight Yoakam
Singer ~ Songwriter
birth name: Dwight David Yoakam

Dwight Yoakam

October 23, 1956, Pikeville, KY

With his stripped-down approach to traditional honky tonk and Bakersfield country, Dwight Yoakam helped return country music to its roots in the late '80s. Like his idols Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and Hank Williams, Yoakam never played by Nashville's rules; consequently, he never dominated the charts like his contemporary Randy Travis. Then again, Travis never played around with the sound and style of country music like Yoakam. ~ Allmusic: Dwight Yoakam ~ retrieved October 23, 2013 © Allmusic

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Not making much headway in Nashville, Yoakam moved to Los Angeles and worked towards bringing his particular brand of new Honky Tonk or ‘Hillbilly’ music (as he called it) forward into the 1980s. Writing all his own songs, and continuing to perform mostly outside traditional country music channels, Yoakam did many shows in rock and punk rock clubs around Los Angeles, playing with roots rock or punk rock acts like The Blasters […], Los Lobos, and X. This helped him diversify his audience beyond the typical country music fans, and his authentic, groundbreaking music is often credited with rock audiences accepting country music. Yoakam's recording debut was the self-financed EP Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. on independent label Oak Records produced by lead-guitaristPete Henderson; this was later re-released by Reprise records, with several additional tracks, as his major-label debut LP, 1986's Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc.. It launched his career. "Honky Tonk Man,’ a remake of the Johnny Horton song, and ‘Guitars, Cadillacs’ were hit singles. His stylish video ‘Honky Tonk Man’ was the first country music video ever played on MTV. ~ Wikipedia: Dwight Yoakam ~ retrieved October 23, 2013 © Wikipedia

Dwight Yoakam ~ Awarded an Academy Of Country Music 2011 Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award.

Dwight Yoakam ~ Guitars, Cadillacs (Yoakam) ~ Ranked #94 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Country Songs in 2014 ~ Yoakam is often painted as a critic of Nashville, but in Guitars Cadillacs the hillbilly music that Tennessee once produced becomes the only thing that makes Tinsel Town tolerable for this “naive fool who came to Babylon and found out that the pie don't taste so sweet.” ~ 2014 © Rolling Stone



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