Happy Birthday Grammy award winner Dwight Yoakam! Yesterday the, “I’m a Honky Tonk Man,” singer turned 60. Dwight won’t be working on his birthday, but today the pioneering singer picks up his “Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars…” tour north of the border in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.
After 30 years in the spotlight, Dwight’s career is still going strong, and his current tour is booked through the end of the year with tour dates extending into summer 2017. You might say his career has legs as long as his own!
Dwight has grabbed the Billboard number one spot five times during his illustrious career, with over 25 million albums sold. He’s recorded over 23 albums and been a Grammy nominee over 20 times.
In 1986 he was the ACM’s Top New Male Vocalist and he won his first Grammy in 1994 for, “Ain’t That Lonely Yet.”
Dwight’s latest offering has impressed fans and critics alike. People magazine reported…
With three decades of music under his buckled belt, Dwight Yoakam has cemented his status as a country icon—and on his [new] album, he’s not only covering his own songs but one by a pop legend as well.”
The bluegrass sounds on, “Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars…” is a bit of a public departure for Dwight, but bluegrass has influenced his soul since his early upbringing in Pikeville, Kentucky. The album recently debuted at the No. 1 spot on Soundscan Bluegrass Chart as well as the No. 6 spot on Country Current Chart.
Since leaving Kentucky in 1977, Dwight’s spent over half of his life in the public eye. In addition to making music he’s starred in several high profile films including Sling Blade in 1996 and Panic Room in 2002.
Dwight also has a line of biscuits, Bakersfield Biscuits, which retails at Wal-Mart.
With an incredible resume that stretches three decades and includes music, film, and food, we can’t wait to see what surprises Dwight has in store for his fans over the next 30 years!
Written by Tanya Clark