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.
Yoakam was born in Pikeville, Kentucky, the son of Ruth Ann, a key-punch operator, and David Yoakam, a gas-station owner. Like many Kentucky families of the mid-20th century, the Yoakams moved to Ohio in hopes of creating a better life. However, Yoakam has always maintained a strong connection with his Kentucky roots, as evident by many of his songs, such as "Readin', Rightin', Route 23," "Bury Me," "Floyd County," "Louisville," "Miner's Prayer" and "I Sang Dixie."
Yoakam has also starred in many films, most notably in critically acclaimed performances as an abusive alcoholic in Sling Blade (1996), as a sociopathic killer in Panic Room (2002), as the sheriff in The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2002) and as a police detective in Hollywood Homicide (2005). He appeared in a supporting role as Doc Miles, the doctor for Chev Chelios, in Crank and its sequel, Crank 2: High Voltage. In addition, he also guest starred in the King of the Hill episode Nine Very Angry Men as Lane Pratley. Yoakam also had a cameo appearance in the 2005 comedy movie Wedding Crashers. In 2008, Yoakam played Pastor Phil in Four Christmases, starring Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon, and he appears in the upcoming film Dirty Girl. He also appeared in The Last Rites of Ransom Pride, an independent 2010 Western that also stars fellow country singer Kris Kristofferson. In 1993, he played a truck driver in the Wyoming crime thriller, Red Rock West.
I will start off this review with a "WARNING!!DWIGHT YOUAKAM AND HIS MUSIC IS HIGHLY ADDICTIVE AND ONCE YOU HAVE EXPERIENCED DWIGHT YOAKAM LIVE IT MAY BECOME HABBIT FORMING AND YOU COULD BECOME ADDICTED TO HIS MUSIC! The show on Dec.8th was so full of energy and excitement it was like none other I have ever seen, Dwight was on fire and so was his band and the fans as well. The show on the 9th was also fantastic however there was a little bet less energy than the first night. Security was tighter. I suppose because the first night they must have not been ready for what was to come! Everyone in the house went wild and so did Dwight and his band. This was the 9th time I've seen Dwight in the last two years and I am looking forward seeing him again on March 29th @ the Palms Hotel and Casino. I would highly recommend Dwight and his band. "Rock on Dwight!!"
I've been a Dwight fan since he emerged on the scene in the 80's. His concert last night really blew me away. He is such a humble man giving constant recognition to the greats his style of music derives from. If you closed your eyes during his performance you could imagine they were right there on the stage with him. Fantastic backup band. Just a really awesome concert-a real class act.