Dwight Yoakam

Born: October 23, 1956
Pikeville, KY, USA

Dwight Yoakam was born in Kentucky, but raised in Ohio. He began playing the guitar at the young age of six, and he loved listening to his parent's collection of honky tonk albums. He began playing in country and rock bands during high school until he began attending Ohio State University. His first love was music, however, and soon he dropped out and moved to Nashville with a career in country music on his mind. While in Nashville, he met a guitarist named Pete Anderson who shared his love for honky-tonk music, and they moved to Los Angeles. In LA, they played the same club circuit that hosted rock and punk bands, and they began to attract a diverse crowd of traditional honky-tonk lovers and punk rockers they called cowpunks. Yoakam landed a record contract with Reprise Records and released his debut album called Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. in 1986. It was hailed by rock and country critics, and crossed over on the charts. The album eventually went platinum. Hillbilly Deluxe was Dwight's 1987 follow-up. It was just as successful, spinning hits such as "Little Ways" and "Please, Please Baby." In 1988, he released his third album, Buenas Noches from a Lonely Room, which also saw a string of hits that includes "I Sang Dixie" and "I Got You." In 1989, Yoakam released Just Lookin' for a Hit, which went gold. The following year, he released If There Was a Way, which was also a great success, and it would eventually go platinum despite the fact that there were no top ten hits on the record. In 1993 he released This Time, which was a huge hit, launching the hit singles "Ain't That Lonely Yet" and "Fast As You." In the summer of 1995, he released a live album called Dwight Live. Next was Gone, which eventually went gold without the help of any top ten hits. Under the Covers, a collection of cover songs, did fairly well in 1998. The following year, he released another greatest hits album entitled Last Chance for a Thousand Years: Greatest Hits from the '90s. In 2000, he released dwightyoakamacoustic.net, and Tomorrow's Sounds Today.

Instruments Played / Skills:
Backup Vocals Guitar Songwriter Vocals

Contemporary Country Traditional Country Resurgence
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