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Dwight Yoakam's tag as a rebel against Nashville certainly hasn't hurt his career, and it's actually helped him in some circles. A country star who emerged from the same Los Angeles roots-music scene as the Blasters and Los Lobos, Yoakam has successfully updated the hard-bitten honky-tonk sound of the '50s and '60s as something with which both rock and country audiences can identify.

Dwight David Yoakam (born October 23, 1956) is an American musician, songwriter, and actor. Yoakam was born in Pikeville, Kentucky, and raised in Columbus, Ohio. He later graduated from Ohio State University. When he began his career, Nashville was oriented towards pop Urban Cowboy music, and Yoakam's brand of Bakersfield honky tonk was not considered marketable. He began playing live in the Los Angeles area, performing with punk bands like Dead Kennedys, Butthole Surfers and X; and roots-rock bands The Blasters and Los Lobos.

Yoakam debuted with the college radio staple A Town South of Bakersfield in 1984 (1984 in music). His debut LP was 1986's Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. and it instantly launched his career (1986 in music). "Honky Tonk Man" (Johnny Horton) and "Guitars, Cadillacs" were hit singles. The follow-up LP, Hillbilly Deluxe, was just as successful. His third LP, Buenas Noches from a Lonely Room, included his first #1, a duet with Buck Owens, "Streets of Bakersfield". 1990's (1990 in music) If There Was a Way was another best-seller.

Yoakam has also taken some acting roles, most notably as the abusive alcoholic Doyle in Billy Bob Thornton's Sling Blade (1996) and as a psychotic killer in 2002's Panic Room.
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Having diverged from pop-icon status in country-western faire, Yoakam is today more likely to be identified as having an older, or more traditional style, and mentioned with his contemporaries such as George Strait. But along with his bluegrass and honky-tonk roots, Yoakam has written or covered many Elvis Presley-style rockabilly songs, including his popular covers of Queen's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" in 1999 and Presley's "Suspicious Minds."

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 roots; 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. On each of his records, he twists around the form enough to make it seem like he doesn't respect all of country's traditions. Appropriately, his core audience was composed mainly of roots rock and rock & roll fans, not the mainstream country audience. Nevertheless, he was frequently able to chart in the country Top Ten, and he remained one of the most respected and adventurous recording country artists well into the '90s.

Discography

Full albums
Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc. Etc. (Oak, 1984) - independent release
Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc. Etc. (Warner/Reprise, 1986)
Hillbilly Deluxe (Reprise, 1987)
Buenas Noches From A Lonely Room (Reprise, 1988)
If There Was A Way (Reprise, 1990)
This Time (Reprise, 1993)
Dwight Live (Reprise, 1995)
Gone (Reprise, 1995)
Come On Christmas (Reprise, 1997)
Under The Covers (Reprise, 1997)
A Long Way Home (Reprise, 1998)
dwightyoakamacoustic.net (Reprise, 2000)
Tomorrow's Sounds Today (Reprise, 2000)
South Of Heaven, West Of Hell (Soundtrack) (Warner, 2001)
Population Me (Warner, 2003)

Greatest hits albums
Just Looking' For A Hit (Reprise, 1989)
This Is... (Warner-Japan, 1990)
L'Croix D'Amour (Warner-France, 1992)
Last Chance For A Thousand Years (Reprise, 1999)

Filmography
Sling Blade (1996)
Panic Room (2002)
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