Dwight Yoakam

(Dwight David Yoakam)

Dwight Yoakam
Dwight Yoakam
  • Born: October 23, 1956
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Singer-songwriter, Musician, Actor, Director

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Dwight David Yoakam is an American singer-songwriter, musician and actor, known for his pioneering-style of country music. His popularity starting in the mid-1980s, Yoakam has recorded more than twenty albums and compilations, charted more than thirty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, and sold more than 25 million records. He has recorded five Billboard #1 albums, twelve gold albums, and nine platinum albums, including the triple-platinum This Time. In addition to his many achievements in the performing arts, he is also the most frequent musical guest in the history of The Tonight Show.

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A voice expressing emotion in a musical way moves on. It's like the finale of the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) - the world turns in on itself, as a universe unto itself, in the shape of one human being.
As a writer, I always tend to take the liberty and the great artistic luxury of a composite form of writing.
As an artist, you have to maintain focus and eliminate the distraction of second-guessing yourself based on the opinions of others.
At the end of the film Val suggests there may be a way to rejoin the living, when he says, 'Let's see if we're able to live among the living, walk among the living.'
But that is a valid, continuing service that that music - which is, in some cases, 80 or 90 years old - is rendering. And proving its own timelessness. Music, Chants & Rapps
Control success before it controls you. Success
Country music originates with the colloquial, rural aspects of white America. It's really, truly, rural white America's blues. Music, Chants & Rapps
Film acting has been a very pure experience, because you have to give the purest form of yourself as an artist.
Fortunately any of the songs we've recorded can be extremely fulfilling to perform depending on the variety of circumstances that surround any given show.
However you arrive at the ability to ignore self-doubt - if you can acquire it or possess it or find it or discover it - move beyond self-doubt.
I am probably the last of a generation able to gain an education in country music by osmosis, by sitting in a '64 Ford banging the buttons on the radio. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Music, Chants & Rapps
I can't escape being born in Pike County, Kentucky, grandson of a miner, Luther Tibbs, and his wife, Earlene, and traveling as a child up and down Route 23 between Kentucky and Columbus, Ohio, where I was raised, experiencing life via working-class people. Nor do I want to escape. Life
I don't regret any of the musical decisions I have made.
I embrace country music because of love, a love of what I came from. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Music, Chants & Rapps
I like order. It allows me to have chaos in my head.
I live out of cans a lot. But I try to indulge only in healthy canned food. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
I played music and sang from my earliest memories. The first pictures of me show me wandering around with a guitar that was larger than I was, and it became almost second nature to me. Nature ;Music, Chants & Rapps
I think actors are at the mercy of the opportunities presented to them. So you kind of have to wait for them to choose you. My music is insular - I can choose that. Music, Chants & Rapps
I tried to pay some small tribute to A Man and a Woman (1966) with the recurring musical theme.
I was very fortunate in having David Fincher, the director come to me. Now I've seen the finished product, I feel that every bit of the nine months we spent on the film was worth it.
I'll never quit playing country music, or at least acknowledging it, always, as the cornerstone of what I am. Music, Chants & Rapps
In addition, I'm finishing a track for the movie 'Waking Up In Reno', but there are numerous other singers I look forward to recording with in the near future. Future
In the past 3-4 years I've developed a habit of keeping numerous small cassette recorders in my house and in a bag with me so that I'm able to commit to tape memory song ideas on a constant basis.
Ironically, the success I've experienced at country radio has left me ostracized from pop and other formats of radio. Success
It became a metaphor for the lives of the people in this film and for the Old West, for the abandonment that occurred in the early part of the 20th century.
It varies from song to song, although Buck Owens and I recently collaborated on writing a duet together and am looking forward with a great deal of anticipation to recording that track for the new studio album.
It's meant to reaffirm the validity of that music - clean, minimalist, honest, classic music. Music, Chants & Rapps
I've always been just kind of consumed by my own thoughts.
'm really proud of it. To me, it's a movie about character behavior and the pecking order of the pack, as well as the central character's massive survival guilt.
Musicians exist independent of any of the marketing terms or the categorization.
Music's the one thing I try not to analyze. I don't want to destroy the magic that has always been there for me. Music, Chants & Rapps
My music is very personal. I've created it in solitude. I face a white wall and beller. I like that sound - the expression of loneliness. That's what it's all about. Music, Chants & Rapps
My parents were not affluent people and were not - didn't come from the extremities of education. My mother had a high school diploma. I often think I so wish she'd come out of the hills in Appalachia and been able to go on to college. I think she would have made a wonderful teacher. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
No compression or as little as possible - that's how you get a good recording.
Quality is timeless: It will clearly define itself. And so I make reference to and acknowledge things that I feel have been dismissed, trying to restate those musical and cultural elements clearly and vehemently.
The actual work of recording a record or making a film just requires that you consciously block the time out to do that and nothing else. That's what I do. Time ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The future has a lot to do with the past. Future
To me, the hook of the riff is what makes a great guitar recording. It's the backbone of the whole song. When you have a strong riff, it's the rocket fuel for the track.
We share something in common with the fabric of the whole universe that connects us.
We started shooting, and then Jodie found out she was pregnant. Forest broke it to me - he'd gone to work and heard it on the radio! It seemed like the movie was doomed. But, like these characters, there was a disregard for all the signs along the way. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
When I was in junior high, a foreign-history teacher started a theater class. So I got my feet wet there and through high school, so I was very fascinated with acting as a means of expression. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training

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