Dwight YoakamActor / Country Singer
Born: 23 October 1956
Birthplace: Pikeville, Kentucky
Best known as: Alternative country star who recorded Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc.
Dwight Yoakam's rocky-tonk debut album Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc.
was a hit on both the pop and country charts in 1986 and established Yoakam as a sly Nashville expatriate with a California twang. Part Buck Owens and part Buddy Holly
, Yoakam won a Grammy Award in 1993 for his tune "Ain't That Lonely Yet," (from the album This Time
) and has won numerous awards from the Country Music Association; he is often credited with helping return country music from the slicker urban sounds of the 1970s and 1980s to its honky-tonk roots. His other albums include Hillbilly Deluxe
(1987), If There Was A Way
(1990), A Long Way Home
(1998) and Blame the Vain
(2005). As an actor, Yoakam proved to be more than a hack with his role in Billy Bob Thornton
's 1996 movie Sling Blade
. In 2000 he wrote, directed, starred in and composed the music for the feature South of Heaven, West of Hell
, an offbeat western whose eclectic cast included Peter Fonda
, Paul Reubens
and Vince Vaughn
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