Dwight Yoakam is coming to San Angelo!

Dwight plays the Murphey Performance Hall in San Angelo on Sunday, March 25th. Tickets and details are available by clicking here. It's sure to be a terrific show.

Ever since the beginning, Dwight Yoakam has been more than just a guy with a guitar and a hat.

He continues to reinvent himself.  From hot country star, to huge musical influence, to critically acclaimed actor, in my opinion Dwight Yoakam is just plain COOL.

He was born in coal country.  Pikeville, Kentucky.  He was raised in Columbus, Ohio, not exactly a country music hotbed.

When he was 21, Dwight moved to Nashville. It was 1977 and at that time Nashville was moving away from the traditional country that Dwight was playing. Dwight moved to California after a short time in Nashville.  California was more receptive and with financial help from his sister and her husband, Dwight recorded and released a six-song EP in 1984, "Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc." and then hit the road.

Dwight gained a following among not only country fans but punk rockers and rockabilly fans as well. This eclectic fan base brought him to the attention of Reprise records who signed him in 1985.

In 1993, Dwight released what is considered his masterpiece, the album "This Time."  The supporting tour lasted more than a year and in 1994, he received his first Grammy for the song, "Ain't That Lonely Yet."

You may remember Dwight from his portrayal of the evil Doyle Hargraves in Billy Bob Thornton's movie Sling Blade (1996). The cast of that film was nominated for "Best Cast" by the Screen Actors Guild awards.

Dwight won a Grammy in 1999 for his contribution to the track "Same Old Train" from the various artists' album "Tribute to Tradition."

Dwight once once described his music as "electrified bluegrass".  But his latest album, Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars... is billed as his first-ever bluegrass album.   The title can be a little misleading because the album is not all “The Ballad Of Jed Clampett".

I mean, how ‘bluegrass’ can the album possibly be if it includes a cover of Prince’s “Purple Rain”?

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