It has been a while since I did a post on famous Kentuckians. This man needs to be added to my ongoing list.
Dwight David Yoakam was born in Pikeville, Kentucky on October 23, 1956. He learned to play guitar at the age of six and loved the music of Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, and Buck Owens. Dwight attended Ohio State University but dropped out to pursue a career in country music.
Yoakam hit Nashville in the 1970’s and found out his type of country rock music was not accepted. Dwight headed out to California and struck gold in the 1980s as a songwriter and country/rock artist. His first full-length album, Guitars and Cadillacs, was debuted in 1986 and was an instant sensation going platinum. In 1988, Yoakam had his first number one hit with Streets of Bakersfield recorded with Buck Owens.
Dwight Yoakam branched out and began acting as early as 1993 in Red Rock West where he played a truck driver. Dwight played a rodeo clown in the movie Painted Hero and an abusive drunk in Slingblade. He wrote, directed and starred in South of Heaven, West of Hell. Dwight was in the movie Panic Room with Jodie Foster as well.
Some people might not know that Dwight Yoakam along with Modern Foods launched his own line of biscuits, chicken lickins fried chicken bits, and several other frozen foods based on his grandmother, Earlene’s Kentucky recipes.
I wrote another post earlier about this man and country music in Kentucky where I mentioned seeing him on our Kentucky Educational Television. He told about his Kentucky roots and his aunt that moved away from the “holler”, did well and bought herself a cadillac. When she drove it back to Eastern Kentucky everyone thought she was rich! This was his inspiration for writing the song, Guitars and Cadillacs. You can read the earlier post here: Country Music in Kentucky.
We are proud to call Dwight Yoakam a famous Kentuckian.
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