Dwight Yoakam was born in rural Pikeville, Kentucky in 1956. Soon after his birth Dwight's parents moved north to Columbus, Ohio, where his father found a clerical job in the auto industry. Dwight graduated from Northland High School in 1974 and was very active in both drama and music programs. Though he briefly attended The Ohio State University after high school, Dwight did what most aspiring country musicians do during their youth - he moved to Nashville, Tennessee to make a name for himself in the country music capital of the world.Somewhat surprisingly, the talented Yoakam didn't accomplish much in Nashville. The already oversaturated country scene in Nashville was dominated at the time by slick, pop-influenced music. Yoakam's rougher, grittier honky-tonk sound was not very popular with Nashville music executives, and by the early 1980's Yoakam had moved again to - this time to Los Angeles. Yoakam found support in the diverse L.A. music scene, often playing alongside punk and rockabilly bands like The Blasters and Los Lobos. Yoakam released his first album, Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc., in 1984 on independent label Oak Records. The record remained relatively unknown for two years, until it was picked up and re-released by major label Reprise Records. It went on to top the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and sell over two million copies, riding on the immense success of single "Honky Tonk Man". Dwight went on to release three more albums over the next four years, Hillbilly Deluxe, Buenas Noches From a Lonely Room, and If There Was a Way, all of which were certified platinum by the RIAA. This Time, Yoakam's most successful triple-platinum album, was released in 1993. He continued to release popular albums throughout the 1990's and into the 2000's. In 2005, Dwight departed from his longtime record label Reprise to found his own label, New West. Dwight has released two albums on New West, 2005's Blame the Vain ("Blame the Vain", "International Heartache") and 2007's Dwight Sings Buck - a cover album of Buck Owens songs ("Close Up the Honky Tonks").
Purveyor of the bakersfield sound, country singer-songwriter Dwight Yoakam grew up in Columbus, Ohio before first heading to Nashville and eventually west to Los Angeles, and bought a place in Bakersfield, CA near his idol & mentor Buck Owens. Active as a recording artist since the early 1980s, Yoakam has appeared in films, on over thirty charting singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, and a plethora of albums and compilations selling well in excess of 20 million units worldwide.
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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, has charted more than thirty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, and sold more than 25 million records.