Most of the artists follow trends, but only a few dare to go against the stream and leave their mark, setting standards for the people to come, like Dwight Yoakam. American singer and songwriter, film director and actor Dwight Yoakam was born on October 23, 1956. His full name is Dwight David Yoakam and he belongs to Betsy Layne, Kentucky. He is considered among the pioneers of country music, and has been very popular since 1980s. He was born in Pikeville, Kentucky but like many other families at that time, his parents moved to Columbus, Ohio in pursuit of a better lifestyle. Dwight Yoakam was very strongly connected to his hometown and always felt nostalgic. His family visited Kentucky on weekends and that time gave him great comfort. Yoakam took his education from Northland High School and graduated in 1974.
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During his school days he was fairly interested in musical and artistic activities and his participation in co curricular activities like drama and stage was remarkable. He was also fortunate enough to have the guidance of mentors in school like Charles Lewis for drama and Jerry McAfee for music. He was often seen during his teenage singing with local garage bands and performing at local venues. One of the favorite tasks that he did at that time to entertain his friends was to impersonate Richard Nixon. After graduation, he went to Ohio State University for some time, but having little interest in further education and passion for music made him drop out of the university. He then left first for Nashville and then for California in an endeavor to become a recording artist.
In his professional career that started at Nashville, Dwight Yoakam was inclined towards Urban Cowboy type of music, but the style he used was not considered by the critics there at that time to be successful among public. During 1970s and 1980s, he was struggling hard to make his style of Honky Tonk music presentable to public and moved to Los Angeles in this pursuit. His music was different and not like the typical country music that was being produced at that time, a fact that brought him difficulties initially but eventually made him very popular. One of the earlier hits in his career was a small video that he released for his song The Blasters and Long White Cadillac. He released his debut compilation album A Town South of Bakersfield in late 1980s and received some recognition for it. His singing style was unique and soon attracted listeners towards him. Some of his songs remain legendary for their content, expression as well as emotional significance, like Readin’, Rightin’, Route 23 that gives a clear picture of what Kentuckian lifestyle was at that time. He never liked the idea of leaving his homeland in search of fortune and considered it tragic, evident from this and some other songs that he sang at that time.
Dwight Yoakam has been popular as a bluegrass and honky tonk singer initially, but his overall career shows many variations. His rockabilly songs like Crazy Little Things Called Love and some others give us a clue about how diverse his singing style has been. His work has been critically acclaimed, winning him many awards and titles, including Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance and Artist of the Year for 1993. He has also been titled A Renaissance Man by Time Magazine.
Apart from being a great musician, Dwight Yoakam has also been involved in other businesses, including his food brand named Bakersfield Biscuits. The brand also produces frozen foods at retailers including Walgreens, Wal – Mart Superstores, Kroger and Sam’s Club. He has also been active in films and television and his acting career has also been quite a success.
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