Saturday, July 26, 2008
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-Dwight Yoakam
Song:You're The One
Album:Last Chance For A Thousand Years:Greatest Hits Of The 90s
Dwight Yoakam started out in the 80s as one of the artists who returned country music to its roots but by the 90s he had to reinvent himself. That's what this comp is about. Though Yoakam's music is obviously influenced by the Bakersfield sound of Buck Owens, he was born Oct. 23, 1956 in Pikeville, KY and grew up in Columbus, OH. He grew up listening to his mom's country music records and played in garage bands as a teen. He moved to Nashville in the late 70s but his attempts at reviving honky tonk music was not received well. He met guitarist Pete Anderson and the two moved to Los Angeles and found a more appreciative audience there. They not only played country clubs but played punk clubs and along with acts like The Blasters were called cowpunks. Yoakam released an EP independently in 1984 that got airplay in Los Angeles. This earned him a contract with Reprise Records and his 1986 debut album Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc. Etc. was a huge hit as Yoakam's reinvention of honky tonk music seemed fresh. He had a lot of success into the 90s. You're The One was a top 5 country hit in 1991 from the 1990 album If There Was A Way. Yoakam had adjusted his sound a bit to a more traditional country sound that would serve him well for the rest of the 90s. This comp covers that material though Rhino has also released a Dwight Yoakam box set covering his entire career. Dwight Yoakam left Reprise in 2001 and now records for New West Records. His latest CD Dwight Sings Buck was released in Oct. 2007. He has also built a career as a character actor in films, most notably the 1996 film Slingblade. He has two films being released later this year. Here's the video for You're The One by Dwight Yoakam.