Few entertainers have attained the iconic status of Dwight Yoakam. His name immediately conjures up compelling, provocative images: A pale cowboy hat with the brim pulled low; poured-on blue jeans; intricate, catchy melodies paired with poignant, brilliant lyrics that mesmerize with their indelible imprint.
Then there’s Yoakam the actor, who seemingly melts into his roles, impressively standing toe-to-toe with some of the world’s top thespians: Jodie Foster, Tommy Lee Jones, Forest Whitaker, Nicholas Cage. Add to that his entrepreneurial skills, and you have a singular talent without peer. Is it any wonder that Time Magazine dubbed him A Renaissance Man?
Like the icons he so admires - Elvis, Merle, Buck - Dwight is one of a kind. He has taken his influences and filtered them into his own potent blend of country and rock that honors his forbearers and yet creates something beautifully new. As Vanity Fair declared, “Yoakam strides the divide between rock’s lust and country’s lament.
He has 12 gold albums and 9 platinum or multi-platinum albums, including the triple platinum This Time. Five of those albums have topped Billboard’s Country Albums chart with another seven landing in the Top 10. More than 30 singles have charted, with eighteen going top 20, including the incomparable self-penned hits Guitars, Cadillacs, Please Please Baby, Little Ways, I Sang Dixie, It Only Hurts When I Cry (with Roger Miller), Fast As You and Thousand Miles From Nowhere. He’s won two Grammy Awards and earned a staggering 21 nominations.
At the core of his creative expression, whether it is musical, theatrical or entrepreneurial, is an unwavering desire to articulate human connection. The thread that ties it all together continues to be Dwight himself, and his devotion to discovery. But we’ll let Dwight have the final word. As he told Newsweek, “I’m committed to an earnest exploration of life, no matter what medium I’m using.”