POSTED AT 07:36PM ON Mar 06, 2014
We asked you all to recall your favorite memory from Dwight's music, a fond recall of a show, or any special memory relating to Dwight. A winner has finally been chosen! Audrey Conn is the new owner of '3 Pears' on vinyl signed by Dwight. Congratulations, Audrey!
There were many wonderful entries, thank you to everyone who submitted their stories! Read Audrey's story below:
I grew up listening to Dwight. My mom has always been a big fan. My granddad would teach me songs by Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash on the guitar, and I really started to love it. I got my first guitar on my 7th birthday. After that, I started teaching myself Dwight's songs. I would listen and pick out the chords and get the rhythm just right. Pretty soon I had taught myself every song on the dwightyoakamacoustic.net album. I started procuring his albums throughout my teenage years until I had them all and I continued to teach myself his songs. He always seemed to have the right words when I struggled in life. He was an integral part of my adolescence. I would sit and play all the Dwight songs I knew and would even teach them to my granddad. My grandmother loved hearing me play and sing the songs.
When my grandmother fell ill, I played my granddad's Yamaha for her. She had given the guitar as a wedding gift to him 45 years prior. I played her every Dwight song I knew and spent many an evening playing at her bedside. Soon, she began to call me, "Dwight." The name was so endearing to me. A particularly delicate memory was when my grandmother was very ill and speaking out of her head. She had trouble speaking and recognizing people. I walked into her hospital room and my mother asked her, "Do you know who that is?" She almost immediately replied without missing a beat, "That's Dwight." We both smiled and looked at each other for a long while. Not only did she know me, but also she remembered the nickname she had given me. As her health slowly deteriorated, she and I held our love of Mr. Dwight Yoakam to remain close to each other. I spent nearly every day with her since infancy. She lived very near and we were extremely close.
When my grandmother passed away last year, I clung to the memories of playing Dwight's songs for her and watching a DVD of Dwight on Austin City Limits as a young man. Dwight Yoakam has been a very special part of my life. Recently, by a chance of fate, Dwight traveled to Ashland Kentucky, only 30 minutes away from where I live, to play a concert. I feared I had found out about it too late and would not be able to attend the concert. When I got home from class one day, however, my mother surprised me with tickets. My sister and I saw him perform at the Paramount Arts Center in Ashland. I still consider it one of the best nights of my life. I could not contain my emotion as I thought of my grandmother and I saw him only rows ahead of me on the stage. I knew every word to the songs and had a wonderful time conversing with fellow Dwight fans. His song, "Never Alright" affected me deeply as I felt the lyrics were so profound and seemed to perfectly convey the feelings of losing a loved one. When my grandmother passed, I felt that the phrases, "It will be alright" and, "You'll be okay" were not true. I understood the sentiment but did not feel I could ever be "alright" again. The song made my heart feel at ease as I relished in the fact that someone understood how I felt.
So, in conclusion of my long-winded memory (ies), I feel that Dwight Yoakam will always have a cherished place in my heart. He will always be an important part of my past, present, and future.Read More
POSTED AT 08:44PM ON Jan 27, 2014
Dwight is one of the most frequent musical guests on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and tomorrow night he will make yet another appearance! Tune-in alert for 11:35 EST on NBC to see his performance. It's going to be a fun one!
POSTED AT 05:05PM ON Nov 20, 2013
Tune-in alert! Dwight joins "Nashville 2.0: The Rise of Americana," a PBS segment exploring the vibrant Americana music theme. This will premiere on Friday, November 22nd at 9 PM EST.
The film will kick off PBS' Americana Music Weekend, a span of days devoted entirely to the roots-inspired music that draws on multiple genres. Check your local listings and click here for more information.Read More
POSTED AT 06:04PM ON Nov 13, 2013
Bid on the chance to meet Dwight and receive two tickets to a show happening in January or December of your choice. All proceeds will support Sweet Relief Musicians Fund , a non profit that provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems.
Bid on your tickets and meet and greet passes for a cause HERE.Read More
POSTED AT 01:08PM ON Oct 04, 2013
Dwight Yoakam's 21st Century Hits: Best of 2000-2012 is now available!
The album is available digitally, on CD and as a deluxe CD+DVD combo featuring five music videos: “Close Up The Honky Tonks," “Intentional Heartache,” "Blame The Vain,” “Back Of Your Hand” and “Late Great Golden State.”
The 14-track LP is compiled of essential singles from five albums including Tomorrow’s Sound Today, Population Me, Blame The Vain,Dwight Sings Buck and 3 Pears as well as the smash hit “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” as featured in the film “The Break-Up,” and the never before commercially released duet with Michelle Branch, “Long Goodbye.” Also included is the Willie Nelson duet “If Teardrops Were Diamonds” and the rollicking “A Heart Like Mine” produced by Beck.
Still want more Dwight in your life? Enter today to win a signed Blonde Epiphone Casino Guitar! Winner will be chosen November 29th.Read More
POSTED AT 09:12PM ON Sep 24, 2013
New West Records will release the new Dwight Yoakam compilation, 21st Century Hits: Best of 2000-12, on September 30. The album chronicles for the first time the key singles, hits and beloved songs Yoakam recorded while on New West Records, Warner Brothers and Koch between 2000-12. The collection picks up where the multiple Grammy Award winner’s last greatest hits compilation left off and will bring the listener right up to his latest album, 2012’s 3 Pears. It will be available digitally, on CD and as a deluxe CD+DVD combo featuring five music videos: “Close Up The Honky Tonks, “Intentional Heartache,” Blame The Vain,” “Back Of Your Hand” and “Late Great Golden State.” The bonus DVD will also contain hi-res 24/96 audio playback of the album.
The 14-track LP is compiled of essential singles from five albums including Tomorrow’s Sound Today, Population Me, Blame The Vain, Dwight Sings Buck and 3 Pears as well as the smash hit “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” as featured in the film “The Break-Up,” and the never before commercially released duet with Michelle Branch, “Long Goodbye.” Also included is the Willie Nelson duet “If Teardrops Were Diamonds” and the rollicking “A Heart Like Mine” produced by Beck.
Opening the album is “The Sad Side Of Town,” a torchy Buck Owens-Yoakam co-write delivered with aching restraint. Yoakam’s homage to former mentor Owens, Dwight Sings Buck, is represented here with three tracks including Yoakam’s take on The Baron of Bakersfield’s perennial favorite, “Act Naturally.” His 2005 New West debut, Blame The Vain, which saw Yoakam taking the reins for his first-ever self- produced album, is highlighted here with four tracks including the rocking, uproarious “Intentional Heartache,” the twangy, boot-stomping “I Wanna Love Again” and the Hammond organ-laced country-rock title track.
Few entertainers have attained the iconic status of Yoakam. In his illustrious three-decade career he has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide, has amassed 12 gold albums and nine platinum or multi-platinum albums and is a 21-time nominated Grammy award winner. 21st Century Hits shines the spotlight on this country pioneer’s second act, which showcases him embracing rock, Americana, pop and soul with aplomb and the same fiery passion first displayed on his trail blazing 1986 debut.
DWIGHT YOAKAM’S 21ST CENTURY HITS: BEST OF 2000-12 TRACK LIST
1. The Sad Side Of Town (Tomorrow's Sounds Today)
2. Late Great Golden State (Population Me)
3. The Back Of Your Hand (Population Me)
4. If Teardrops Were Diamonds (with Willie Nelson) (Population Me)
5. Long Goodbye (with Michelle Branch) (Previously Unreleased)
6. Intentional Heartache (Blame The Vain)
7. Blame The Vain (Blame The Vain)
8. I Wanna Love Again (Blame The Vain)
9. Just Passin' Time (Blame The Vain)
10. Crazy Little Thing Called Love (The Break-Up Soundtrack)
11. Close Up The Honky Tonks (Dwight Sings Buck)
12. My Heart Skips A Beat (Dwight Sings Buck)
13. Act Naturally (Dwight Sings Buck)
14. A Heart Like Mine (3 Pears)
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1. Close Up The Honky Tonks
2. Intentional Heartache
3. Blame The Vain
4. Back of Your Hand
5. Late Great Golden State
* Bonus DVD also contains hi-res 24/96 audio playback of the album
POSTED AT 03:03PM ON Sep 19, 2013
Dwight was granted the Artist of the Year award from the Americana Music Association at the 12th Annual Americana Music Honors and Awards last night in Nashville.
Dwight shared this thank you note via his Facebook page last night:
Thank you to the Americana Music Association for the enormous honor you have given me and the 3 Pears album tonight. Though I'm still physically in Canada finishing a tour, my heart is there with all of you and I am humbled by having been given the Artist of The Year Award...
POSTED AT 09:17PM ON Sep 10, 2013
Now is your chance to enter to win a Blonde Epiphone Casino Guitar signed by Dwight! All you have to do is submit your information and your name is in the running.
Click below for more information and to enter!Read More
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- A Heart Like Mine
- Guitars, Cadillacs
- Trying (clip)
- Streets of Bakersfield
- Fast As You
- A Thousand Miles From Nowhere
- Ain't That Lonely Yet
- Suspicious Minds
- Honky Tonk Man
- Little Sister
- Turn It On, Turn It Up, Turn Me Loose
- Crazy Little Thing Called Love
- Take Hold Of My Hand
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