Thursday, October 23, 2008
"Hey Bartender, I think I'll hit the throttle!"
Country music singer/songwriter and actor Dwight Yoakam (not to be confused with Iggy Yokum) was born on October 23, 1956 in Pikeville, Kentucky.
This hillbilly kid, who'd written his first song at the age of eight, headed for Nashville when he turned 22.
Nashville dismissed him for his analysis of an industry mired in the quicksand of the bland.So, Yoakam rented a marginally furnished LA room and worked as a trucker while playing suburban punkytonks and eventually snagging opening-act honours for the Blasters, Violent Femmes, Lone Justice, Los Lobos, and X in LA.
This helped him diversify his audience well beyond the typical Country music fans. At many of his shows you would see mohawked and leather-clad Punks alongside Rock & Rollers, as well as the typical cowboy-shirt wearing Country crowd.