|Dwight Yoakam (New West Records)|
By Walter Price
The GTC would like wish a hip-swiveling & twang tinged Happy 57th Birthday to The Masterful Renaissance Man, Dwight David Yoakam!
I have always found it intriguing the way you delivered music to country radio in the 80’s in the grand authentic stylings of Buck Owens, Elvis, Johnny Cash & Carl Perkins and the music world called you a pioneer. A short while later they would call you the leader of The New Traditionalists. Interesting.
Interesting indeed. Whatever the peoples ‘in the know’ want to call you, we call you a bad-mamma-jamma that has never once written a song for mass appeal and yet the world took notice and solidified the fact that there is a place in the world for not overly produced country rockin’ sounds reminiscent of days past.
You have been one of the artists in my life that I’ve enjoyed every album you’ve given us. I’d like to point out the four albums that cemented you into the, currently fictional, Hall Of Legends of the music world and should have a home in every record collection.
I’d also like to single out your current release 3 Pears, for being one of the best of your career. As well as being one of the most adventurous albums released by any act in the past 5-6 years.
I haven’t forgotten your directing, entrepreneurship, writing and acting. Your turn in Panic Room (’02), South of Heaven, West of Hell (also writer & director ’01) were stellar examples of your multifaceted talents but it was how you brilliantly brought the disgusting Doyle to life in Sling Blade(’96) that had the world notice you are The Man of all ‘Renaissance Men’!
So, again, Happy Day of Birth Mr. Yoakam! We dig your work, style and bad-ass authentic personality in a time of ‘reality star’ dimwits and pop-country is ruling the airwaves, you continue to prove that if you stay true to who you are and to your craft(s) you will make a long lasting impact on the world around you.
Other artists should take notice and learn from your example.