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Dwight Yoakam

From his formative years playing pure, hardcore honky-tonk for mid-'80s Los Angeles punk rockers through his subsequent surge to the top of the country charts, Dwight Yoakam has enjoyed a singular career. An electrifying live performer, superb writer, and virtuosic vocalist, he has successfully bridged two musical worlds that usually have little use for each other-commercial country and its alternative/Americana/roots-rocking counterpart. Defying the label "too country for rock, too rock for country," Yoakam has triumphed while many of his peers have had to settle for cult acceptance. Four decades into his career, he has sold more than 25 million records and continues to tour regularly, with an extremely loyal fan base. In Dwight Yoakam, award-winning music journalist Don McLeese offers the first musical biography of this acclaimed artist. Tracing the seemingly disparate influences in Yoakam's music, McLeese shows how he has combined rock and roll, rockabilly, country, blues, and gospel into a seamless whole. In particular, McLeese explores the essential issue of "authenticity" and how it applies to Yoakam, as well as to country music and popular culture in general. Drawing on wide-ranging interviews with Yoakam and his management, while also benefitting from the perspectives of others closely associated with his musical success (including producer-guitarist Pete Anderson, Yoakam's partner throughout his most popular and creative decades), Dwight Yoakam pays tribute to the musician who has established himself as a visionary beyond time, an artist who could title an album Tomorrow's Sounds Today and deliver it.
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Offers the first musical biography of the electrifying artist who has most successfully bridged the disparate worlds of commercial country and alternative/Americana/roots music, Dwight Yoakam

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Thousand Miles from Nowhere How Far Is Heaven? Readin', Rightin', Rt. 23 South of Cincinnati, West of Columbus Corvette Cowboy From Kentucky Bourbon to Babylonian Cowboys Who You Callin' Cowpunk? Honky-Tonk Man "It's Jes' Ol' Hillbilly Stuff" Hillbilly Deluxe Streets of Bakersfield Bonus Cut "Well, I'm Back Again . . ." Wild Ride Gone, Real Gone Act Naturally The Same Fool Playing Out the String South of Heaven, West of Hell (and Off the Charts) Splitsville Produced by Dwight Yoakam The Buck Stops Here "I Wanna Love Again, Feel Young Again" Appendix. The Dwight Dozen: A Selected Discography Acknowledgments

About the Author

Don McLeese was formerly the pop music critic for the Chicago Sun-Times and the Austin American-Statesman, as well as country columnist and frequent contributor to Rolling Stone and a senior editor for No Depression. He has chronicled Dwight Yoakam in reviews, features, and interviews from the beginning of the artist's recording career through the present day. He currently teaches journalism at the University of Iowa. His most recent book is The New York Times Reader: Arts and Culture.


"A Thousand Miles from Nowhere does not aim at being a contextualizing "life and times" biography...It is tangentially about the music business...The choice plays to McLeese's strengths as a writer, as well as Yoakam's as an artist, and the result rewards any reader interested in popular music history. In short, A Thousand Miles from Nowhere is a provocative and engaging guide to modern country music's aesthetic concerns and commercial fortunes as seen through the lens of a single artist's career." - Jason Mellard, Southwestern American Literature "A Thousand Miles From Nowhere is a great way to get to know the story of the music of the best country voice of his generation. After you finish, take a country drive with the windows down and a Dwight record in the music player. I don't think you'll be wondering about his authenticity at all. I think you'll just be toe tapping, head bobbing and singing along to some of the greatest country ever recorded." - BookPeople's Blog "After seemingly vanishing in the wake of 2005's "Blame the Vain," trendsetting honky-tonker Yoakam resurfaced on Warner Bros in 2012 with "3 Pears," which reached the top 20 of the pop charts. Former Austin American-Statesman music critic Don McLeese chronicled the peaks and valleys of Yoakam's career in the 2012 biography A Thousand Miles From Nowhere tracing his progression from Bakersfield upstart to new-traditionalist chart-topper to big-screen character actor." - Austin American-Statesman

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