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Dwight Yoakam

October 18, 1985 OHC336 52 min.


Country music performer. Born October 23, 1956. California-based singer, songwriter, and recording artist. Recognized for his distinctive interpretation of the Bakersfield Sound. One of country music’s best-selling artists of the 1980s-1990s. His credits include the 1994 Grammy Awards winning recording “Ain’t That Lonely Yet.”

Interview Summary

1985 October 18
(52 minutes)
Country performer Dwight Yoakam talks about what he means when he describes his music as hillbilly. Discussion includes the importance of Emmylou Harris and Buck Owens on the country music tradition; the importance of emotional integrity in country music; the role of youth in honky-tonk music; elements of his musical style; the essence of pure country music; his decision to sign with Warner Bros.; his songwriting; and comments on the key ingredient for lasting success as an artist.

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