Dwight David Yoakam, born October 23 1956, is an American singer-songwriter, actor, and film director, most famous for his pioneering country music. Popular since the early 1980s, he has recorded more than twenty one albums and compilations
Yoakam’s own brand of hip honky tonk music was not originally considered marketable, but his debut album hit the market during a sea change in country music: the urban cowboy music was out of style, and neo-traditional music such as Yoakam’s honky-tonk inspired music, was now in demand.
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Dwight David Yoakam, born October 23 1956, is an American singer-songwriter, actor, and film director, most famous for his pioneering country music. Popular since the early 1980s, he has recorded more than twenty one albums and compilations, charted more than thirty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, and sold more than 25 million records. He has recorded five Billboard #1 albums, twelve gold albums, and nine platinum albums, including the triple platinum This Time. In addition to his many achievements in the performing arts, he is also the most frequent musical guest in the history of The Tonight Show.
Yoakam was born in Pikeville, Kentucky, the son of Ruth Ann (née Tibbs), a key-punch operator, and David Yoakam, a gas-station owner. When he began his career, Nashville was oriented toward pop “urban cowboy” music, and Yoakam’s own brand of hip honky tonk music was not considered marketable. Yoakam’s recording debut was the self-financed EP Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. on independent label Oak Records The record hit the market during a sea change in country music: the urban cowboy music was out of style, and neo-traditional music based on classic styles, such as Yoakam’s honky-tonk inspired music, was now in demand.
He has never been associated only with country music; on many early tours, he played with hardcore punk bands like Hüsker Dü, and played many shows around Los Angeles with roots/punk/rock & roll acts. His middle-period-to-later records saw him branching out to different styles, covering rock & roll, punk, 1960’s, blues-based “boogie” like ZZ Top, and writing more adventurous songs like “A Thousand Miles From Nowhere”.
In June 2014, Rolling Stone ranked the song “Guitars, Cadillacs” #94 in their list of the 100 greatest country songs.
Johnny Cash once cited Yoakam as his favorite country singer. Chris Isaak called him as good a songwriter that ever put a pen to paper. Time dubbed him “A Renaissance Man” and Vanity Fair declared that “Yoakam strides the divide between rock’s lust and country’s lament.” Along with his bluegrass and honky-tonk roots, he has written or covered many Elvis Presley-style rockabilly songs, including his covers of Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” in 1999 and Presley’s “Suspicious Minds” in 1992. He recorded a cover of The Clash’s “Train in Vain” in 1997, a cover of the Grateful Dead song “Truckin'”, as well as Cheap Trick’s “I Want You to Want Me”.
Dwight Yoakam Backing Tracks – 1000 miles … Baby Don’t Go … Back Of Your Hand … Claudette … Crazy Little Thing Called Love … Fast As You … Guitars And Cadillacs … Heartache By The Number … Heart That You Own … Honky Tonk Man … I Got You … I Sing Dixie … I Want You To Want Me … It Only Hurts When I Cry … Little Chapel … Little Sister … Little Ways … Little White Cadillac … Nothing … Only You … Pocket Of A Clown … Send A Message To My Heart … Sorry You Asked … Streets Of Bakersfield … Suspicious Minds … These Arms … Things Change … Thinking About Leaving … Try Not To Look Pretty … What Do You Know About Love …