Dwight Yoakam is one of the most striking country artists -- both in voice and looks, he of the stovepipe jeans and the over-the-eyes ten-gallon hat -- of the last three decades. And one of the most adventurous (a cover of The Clash's "Train in Vain" with Ralph Stanley; covers of the Grateful Dead's "Truckin'" and Prince's "Purple Rain"), incorporating rock, soul and bluegrass into his hillbilly and honky tonk. A Kentucky native who moved to Los Angeles in 1977, Yoakam came up not through country circles, but the L.A. punk scene that spawned X and The Blasters, among others. He took the country and rock worlds by storm with his 1986 debut album, "Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc. Etc.," and his cover of Johnny Horton's "Honky Tonk Man," and in the process brought new life to the hard-edged Bakersfield Sound hallmarked by Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. (Yoakam and Owens became great friends and collaborated on the 1988 hit "Streets of Bakersfield.") Yoakam has released 19 studio albums to date, the latest being "Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars ..." in 2016. He's also made a name as an actor on screens big and smallish -- most notably as Doyle, the abusive boyfriend, in "Sling Blade," and a homicidal maniac in "Panic Room," and on TV in shows from "King of the Hill" to "Under the Dome," and most recently the Amazon series "Goliath" with Billy Bob Thornton.
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