Dwight Yoakam Fact Sheet
"A Thousand Miles From Nowhere" from dwightyoakamacoustic.net is nominated for "Best Male Country Vocal Performance" GRAMMY. The 43rd Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held at the Shrine Auditorium in February.
Tomorrow's Sounds Today & DwightYoakamAcoustic.net made Brian Mansfield's USA Today's Top 10 list.
Jay Leno invited DWIGHT back again on December 19 to perform "Run Run Rudolph" from his 1997 holiday album COME ON CHRISTMAS.
Friday, December 15 marks the Los Angeles opening of DWIGHT'S directorial film debut "South of Heaven, West of Hell" at the Mann Westwood Fourplex. This limited engagement preceeds a national opening of the film in 2001.
CMT's "Hit Trip" films an interview with DWIGHT on location in and around Los Angeles for their final 2000/2001 season episode.
Online retailer CDNow.com just announced their list of "10 Essential Country Albums of 2000" and DWIGHT's Tomorrow's Sounds Toda ranked #2 with Dwightyoakamacoustic.net ranked at #9.
Online retail leader Amazon.com named Grammy-winning country singer and songwriter DWIGHT YOAKAM their "Country Artist Of The Year."
DWIGHT is set to co-star in the film "Panic Room" which goes into production in December 2000. The film will be directed by David Fincher and stars Nicole Kidman and Forrest Whitaker.
KZLA radio in Los Angeles invited DWIGHT to perform at their annual "Country Cookout" concer held at the Universal Amphitheater in Universal City, CA. The Hollywood Reporter wrote: "...the most adventurous performance came from veteran Dwight Yoakam, who always stays true to his honky-tonk roots while stretching boundaries. It was actual artistry during an afternoon and then evening of acts who mostly played a few hits then pushed their newest single."
DWIGHT performs at a benefit concert for My Friend's Place -- a non-profit organization dedicated to helping homeless and impoverished youth move from the street to self-sufficient, productive lives -- on November 4.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno invited DWIGHT back on November 3 to perform "What Do You Know About Love."
AOL hosts a chat with DWIGHT on November 1 to discuss the release of his new studio album.
DWIGHT's 16th album entitled Tomorrow's Sounds Today was released on Tuesday, October 31, 2000.
The 34th Annual CMA Awards taps DWIGHT to present the "Best Music Video" award on Tuesday, October 3, 2000 from the Opryland Theater in Nashville.
DWIGHT debuts the first single, "What Do You Know About Love," from his forthcoming album Tomorrow's Sounds Today on The Late Show with David Letterman on Monday, September 4, 2000.
Folks in Nashville helped raise funds for the Belcourt Theater and the Nashville Film Festival when tickets sold out to a screening of "South of Heaven, West of Hell" on July 3.
Dwight held his third webchat to discuss "dwightyoakamacoustic.net" with Sonicnet on June 26 from Austin, Texas.
Dwight left his hand and foot prints at the Celebrity Walk of Fame in Fargo, ND on June 16 to commemorate his performance at the Red River Valley Fair.
On Tuesday, June 13, Dwight conducted a webchat with PEOPLE.com on AOL Live! He talked to fans about his new acoustic album, the summer tour and answered questions.
dwightyoakamacoustic.net is released through Reprise Records on May 30. "The idea for this album came as a result of the audience's gracious and enthusiastic response to the acoustic performances I did on our 1999 'Last Chance' Tour," explains Dwight. "The 25 songs on the album span the fifteen years that I have been fortunate enough to spend recording as a singer and songwriter."
"South Of Heaven, West of Hell," Dwight 's directorial film debut will premiere on May 12 in Cannes, France. The film is being distributed in France and Italy by Goldmount Forum Film. Corp.
Dwight performed at a benefit concert for the Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch at Floore's Country Store in Helotes, TX along with the DeRailers, Flaco Jiminez, Kinky Friedman and some special guests on Saturday, March 25.
Based on Dwight 's performance with Asleep at The Wheel during their NARAS post-Grammy party, Jay Leno invited them to perform "New San Antonio Rose" on The Tonight Show Tuesday, March 7.
Though Dwight didn't take home a Grammy Award this year for "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," he celebrated the evening's festivities by performing a 30 minute set with Asleep At The Wheel at the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) post-Grammy party held February 23 at the Biltmore hotel. Marty Stuart also joined in.
A special non-competition screening of "South Of Heaven, West of Hell" was shown January 28, 2000 at the Treasure Mountain Inn as part of the indie festival Slamdance (an offshoot of Sundance) in Park City, UT.
Dwight participated in VH1's Storytellers webcast live from Park City, UT on Thursday, January 27. Other artist that are participating include Lisa Loeb, Lyle Lovett, Aimee Mann and John Popper (Blues Traveler).
Country Music Television (CMT) Canada posted their Top 99 of '99 and the video for "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" was listed at #36.
Billboard Magazine's 1999 Year in Music Charts (December 25 - January 1 issue) recapped of Dwight 's accomplishments:
#46 Top Country Artists
#29 Top Country Album Artists
#46 Hot Country Singles & Tracks Artists
#64 "Crazy Little Thing Called Love": Hot Country Singles & Tracks
Dwight 's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" received a Grammy nomination for Best Male Country Vocal Performance. The 42nd annual Grammy Awards was telecast live February 23 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
On New Year's Eve, DWIGHT rang in the new millennium, performing with Buck Owens at Buck's Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, CA.
The Dwight Yoakam iSong CD-Rom was released November 19. iSong is interactive instruction software that gives players the ability to learn to play directly from the original artist recordings, note for note. It synchs to the original master recordings. Whether you read music or not, iSong offers guitar and keyboard players of all skill levels a revolutionary new way to learn favorite songs. All you need is a computer and basic music skills. Dwight's iSong CD-Rom will feature six iSongs, original recordings, note-accurate transcriptions, animated scores, synched virtual fretboard/keyboard, synched video instruction, looping function, tempo control.
Gibson Guitars issued a DWIGHT YOAKAM signature acoustic guitar called the "Y2K" (Y for Yoakam, 2K for the year 2000), which is an all maple J-200 Jr., approximately 80% of size of the traditional Gibson jumbos. A very limited run of the "Y2K" will be manufactured through the end of the year 2000.
Dwight's triple platinum album "This Time" was named one of the Top 20 LPs of the decade by the Austin American Statesman and was the only country LP to make the list.
DWIGHT was voted one of the Top 20 acts of 1999 by Country Song Round-Up readers.
DWIGHT contributed two songs for the Daddy & Them soundtrack -- the forthcoming film directed by and starring Billy Bob Thornton -- including "Ghost Riders In The Sky" and "Riding On A Dream," which also features guest vocals by Sheryl Crow. Both tracks were produced by Marty Stuart.
DWIGHT presented the Hard Rock award to Limp Bizkit at the first annual ARTISTDirect Awards that were netcast live through ARTISTDirect.com. The award program was held at the House of Blues in Los Angeles on October 7.
On October 2, DWIGHT appeared on the Merle Haggard Pay-Per-View program from the Las Vegas Hilton performing "Swinging Doors" and some other surprises. This show will air again on TNN November 23 and December 29.
Since wrapping up his "Last Chance For A Thousand Years" tour in September, DWIGHT has been busy putting the final touches on South Of Heaven, West Of Hell, his feature film directorial debut, which he also stars in and co-wrote with Stan Berthheaud. Shot on location earlier in the year, the film is a gothic western which also stars Billy Bob Thornton, Peter Fonda, Bridget Fonda, Vince Vaughn, Paul Reubens (Pee Wee Herman) and Michael Jeter.
DWIGHT is featured on Ride With Bob, the all-star Asleep At The Wheel tribute album, with the track "San Antonio Rose," available on Dreamworks.
DWIGHT'S on "Bakersfield Biscuits" will be launching a website soon at www.bakersfieldbiscuits.com. For now, biscuits can be purchased by phoning 1 (800) 794 0611 between 8 am and 5 pm (Pacific).
Dwight appeared in a new feature film, "The Minus Man" which debuted in Los Angeles and New York on September 10 and opened nationwide on September 24. The film also starred Owen Wilson, Janeane Garofalo, and Sheryl Crow.
On September 22, DWIGHT performed "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" on the 1999 CMA Awards. That same evening, "Same Old Train," from the record "Tribute To Tradition," received a CMA Vocal Event nomination. The cut featured a who's who in country music including Marty Stuart, Clint Black, Joe Diffie, Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Patty Loveless, Earl Scruggs, Pam Tillis, Randy Travis, Travis Tritt, Dwight Yoakam and Ricky Skaggs. "Same Old Train" previously won a Grammy Award for best country collaboration with vocals and best bluegrass album in February 1999.
DWIGHT's Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc. Etc. was certified double platinum by the RIAA on September 22.
On August 19, DWIGHT performed "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" on the Late Show With David Letterman.
In August, CMT aired DWIGHT's video biography.
On June 3, DWIGHT performed "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" on The Tonight Show.
DWIGHT released Last Chance For A Thousand Years: Dwight Yoakam's Greatest Hits From The 90's on May 18.
In the May 13th issue of Rolling Stone, DWIGHT's album If There Was A Way was names one of the top 5 country albums of the decade.
On April 18, DWIGHT released A Long Way From Home: Twelve Years of Words (Hyperion), a complete book collection of 61 song lyrics which DWIGHT wrote or co-wrote, including an introduction from the man himself.
DWIGHT recording Queen's hit "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" for THE GAP clothing store. The commercial premiered March 21 during the 1999 Academy Awards.
At the 1999 Grammy Awards on February 24, DWIGHT won a Grammy for "Best Country Collaboration" for "Same Old Train" along with Clint Black, Joe Diffie, Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Patty Loveless, Earl Scruggs, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart, Pam Tillis, Randy Travis and Travis Tritt.
On December 5, 1998, DWIGHT performed "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain" and segued into "Hello Walls" at the Kennedy Center Honors for Lifetime Achievements Awards at the Kennedy Center For the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. honoring Willie Nelson. The show aired nationally December 30, 1998.
DWIGHT participated in a 13-hour, CBS-produced documentary that aired on TNN entitled A Century Of Country. It is the network's definitive history of the music and its makers for the next millennium.. CBS felt DWIGHT's music was such a strong example of how modern country can build upon tradition. In particular, DWIGHT discussed his interpretations of 1950's honky-tonk and the 1960's Bakersfield-sound, and how his own style defies any attempt at labeling.
Hallway Entertainment produced the authorized documentary on the music and life of Roy Orbison. The program was endorsed by Mrs. Barbara Orbison and was released worldwide as a television special and home video. The documentary chronicled Roy's career and life with classic performances, footage, personal home videos and photos and featured interviews, comments and anecdotes from friends, peers, collaborators and associates, including DWIGHT.
In preparation for his second single "These Arms" from his critically acclaimed album A Long Way Home, DWIGHT once again directed his own video. The single, musically described by YOAKAM as "kind of a classic, hillbilly shuffle," was released early September. According to the Los Angeles Times, "'These Arms' voices a single-minded yearning for love like vintage Buck Owens."
E! Entertainment Television produced and "Extreme Close Up" episode on DWIGHT. "ECU" is a series of original, half-hour programs.
On June 27, the HBO film "When Trumpets Fade" premiered starring DWIGHT alongside Ron Eldard and Frank Whaley. (The film was shot on location in Budapest in November '97.)
DWIGHT performed with Buck Owens on July 4th drawing thousands of people to the KNIX Free Radio show in Phoenix, Arizona.
DWIGHT performed "Things Change" on the Tonight Show June 12.
DWIGHT released A Long Way Home June 9.
CMT named DWIGHT "Artist of the Month" for June.
DWIGHT directed three versions of the video "Things Change," the first single from A Long Way Home.
DWIGHT performed the Everly Bros./Linda Rondstadt classic "When Will I Be Loved" with Tish Hinajosa on the Alma Awards which broadcasted June 8 on ABC.
DWIGHT contributed "Cattle Call" to The Horse Whisperer soundtrack. (Robert Redford produced, directed and starred in the film.)
On March 27, The Newton Boys, directed by Richard Linklatter opened nationwide starring DWIGHT alongside Matthew McConaughey, Ethan Hawke, Skeet Ulrich, Vincent D'Onofrio, Julianna Margulies and Chloe Webb. According to a review in Rolling Stone: "Stealing the show is country singer DWIGHT YOAKAM (Sling Blade), who plays explosives expert Brent Glasscock with sly mischief. Brent helps out the boys on a train robbery that leads to their capture and the film's action highlight."
At the 1998 Grammy Awards in January, DWIGHT received a nomination for Best Country Album for his 1997 release Under The Covers.
DWIGHT recorded "Rapid City South Dakota" for the Kinky Friedman Tribute Album (due 1998).
On December 21, 1997, DWIGHT performed his second benefit concert for the Los Angeles Mission at Billboard Live in West Hollywood.
On December 18, DWIGHT again appeared on the Tonight Show, performing "Silver Bells" from Come On Christmas.
DWIGHT recorded "T For Texas" for Jimmie Rodgers: A Tribute, the first release from Bob Dylan's own label Egyptian Records (distributed via Sony Music Entertainment).
DWIGHT went on location mid-November to Budapest to film the World War II drama "When Trumpets Fade," an HBO production also starring Ron Eldard and Frank Whaley.
On December 19, DWIGHT performed several songs from Come On Christmas on CNN's "Showbiz Today".
On December 10, DWIGHT performed "Run Rudolph Run", "I'll Be Home For Christmas" and a duet with Buck Owens of "Santa Looks A Lot Like Daddy," for "Prime Time Country" in Las Vegas.
DWIGHT made an appearance on the Tonight Show on August 1 of this year where he performed "Claudette" from his release Under the Covers.
DWIGHT taped a duet of "It Only Hurts When I Cry" with Dean Miller for a Roger Miller Remembered Tribute Special to air in January of 1998. DWIGHT and Roger co-wrote this song for DWIGHT'S album If There Was A Way.
DWIGHT released two albums in 1997. On July 15th, the critically acclaimed Under the Covers, and in the Fall, Come on Christmas was released just in time for the holidays. Come on Christmas includes two original songs by DWIGHT, as well as holiday favorites.
On April 30, DWIGHT appeared in the coming-out episode of "Ellen" along with Laura Dern, k.d. lang, Billy Bob Thornton and Melissa Etheridge.
In March, DWIGHT joined Matthew McConaughey, Ethan Hawke, Skeet Ulrich, Vincent D'Onofrio, Julianna Margulies and Chloe Webb in Texas to film The Newton Boys, a true Midwestern tale of bank robbers in the 1920's directed by Richard Linklatter (Suburbia, Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise). While on location, DWIGHT penned many of the songs for A Long Way Home (released in 1999)
At the 1997 Grammy Awards, DWIGHT received a nomination for Best Country Album for his 1996 release Gone.
On October 10, 1996, DWIGHT YOAKAM received the Premiere Performance Award (recognizing outstanding breakthrough performances in film) at the 57th Annual Motion Picture Club Awards in New York for his role as Doyle Hargraves in the Miramax Academy Award winning feature Sling Blade. The film was written and directed by Billy Bob Thornton (One False Move), who also stars. Additionally, Sling Blade features Robert Duvall, J.T. Walsh and John Ritter.
At the 30th Annual CMA Awards in Nashville, DWIGHT presented Buck Owens with an induction into the Country Music Hall Of Fame and the two performed their hit duet "Streets Of Bakersfield."
The Kentucky Tourism Development Cabinet and the Kentucky Governor's office dedicated a stretch of Highway U.S. 23, newly designated "Country Music Highway," in Floyd County, KY in honor of YOAKAM.
DWIGHT and his band performed "Sorry You Asked" on the Tonight Show on May 9, 1996, just prior to launching their North American "GONE Tour `96" with a show in Tucson, AZ on May 16. The tour continued through the summer with a show at Los Angeles' Universal Amphitheater June 13.
The Disney Channel broadcast the world premiere of DWIGHT's first-ever television special Dwight Live on May 5, 1996. The 60-minute show featured live concert footage and conversational interludes between YOAKAM and actor Dennis Hopper as they haunted various Hollywood locales including the landmark Roosevelt Hotel. Following the special, DWIGHT's "Sorry You Asked" video was aired in its entirety.
DWIGHT presented a moving, emotional tribute to the late Minnie Pearl at the Academy Of Country Music Awards held April 24, 1996 at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles.
YOAKAM's self-directed music video for "Sorry You Asked" is a seven-plus minute film short starring Harry Dean Stanton and Bo Hopkins which was shot on location at a roller skating rink in California's San Gabriel Valley. The two videos which preceded, "Nothing" and "Gone," were also directed by DWIGHT. (DWIGHT co-directed videos previously for "A Thousand Miles From Nowhere," "Ain't That Lonely Yet" and "Try Not To Look So Pretty" from This Time.)
On February 28, 1996, DWIGHT performed "Fast As You" at the 38th Annual Grammy Awards where Dwight Live was nominated for "Best Country Album" and "A Thousand Miles From Nowhere (live)" was nominated in the "Best Male Country Vocal Performance" category. YOAKAM's first ever live album was also certified gold, signifying 500,000 sales in the U.S.
Gone (released October 31, 1995) was certified gold by the R.I.A.A. coinciding with the release of the album's second single and title track "Gone (That'll Be Me)" which DWIGHT and his band performed on the Late Show With David Letterman on February 1, 1996.
DWIGHT's December 19, 1995 sold-out benefit show at L.A.'s Viper Room raised money for the Los Angeles Mission, an organization for the homeless, and the L.A. Firemen's Relief Fund for widows, orphans and disabled firefighters.
The double impact of Dwight Live and Gone in 1995 earned YOAKAM a spot on Rolling Stone's critics' poll as the #2 country artist of the year, while USA Today's David Zimmerman cited Gone as the second best country album of the year.
YOAKAM's November 1, 1995 Tonight Show performance--an inspired rendition of "Nothing" (the first single from Gone)--was complete with strings, horns and a painting by Swiss-born painter Hans Burkhardt.
October 31, 1995 marked the release of DWIGHT's seventh full-length studio album, Gone, featuring 10 self-penned gems (two co-written with Kostas) that make up his most diverse album to date. In a 3-1/2 star USA Today review, David Zimmerman noted that YOAKAM "pushed the buttons of a classic jukebox, a little Beatles, some Yardbirds, a little mariachi, some 50's rock and 60's country...He's here for the long haul."
On October 4, 1995 DWIGHT performed "Nothing" (from Gone), on the 29th Annual Country Music Association Awards in Nashville, accompanied by his band, four back-up vocalists, 12 string players and a five-piece horn section. Later that evening, DWIGHT reappeared to play "It Only Hurts When I Cry," joining Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Marty Stuart and Dolly Parton in a tribute to the late songwriting pioneer Roger Miller, with whom he co-wrote the song.
In 1995, CMT aired DWIGHT's Gone special several times in Europe and the U.S.
Gone received critical praise from an array of publications including Rolling Stone, Spin, Musician, Newsweek, CD Review, People, Us, Billboard, USA Today, Country Music, New Country, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Dallas Morning News, The Boston Globe, The Tennessean, The Houston Chronicle and The San Francisco Chronicle, among others.
SJS Entertainment Radio network broadcast a live DWIGHT YOAKAM concert nationwide via satellite on Monday, May 22 at 7 pm (pacific), the eve of his new Reprise Records release Dwight Live. The 90 minute set, part of SJS' "Country In Concert" series, emanated from Hollywood's Capitol Recording studio and entertained an audience of 40 people. The show was hosted by KZLA-FM (Los Angeles) afternoon personality, Shawn Parr and was broadcast to over 200 SJS affiliate country stations. Dwight Live marks YOAKAM's first-ever live album. It was recorded at the final stop on his sold-out and critically-acclaimed "This Time" tour -- July 30, 1994 at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco -- and features 17 songs by the trail-blazing songwriter and Grammy Award winner.
DWIGHT made a surprise guest appearance March 8, 1995 at the House Of Blues in Los Angeles, dueting on the Rolling Stones classic, "The Last Time," with the evening's headliner, Tom Jones. The performance was taped for later broadcast on the TBS concert series, Live From The House Of Blues.
DWIGHT's single, "Pocket Of A Clown," was nominated for "Best Country Vocal Performance, Male" at the 37th Annual Grammy Awards (1994), in the same category that he won the year before with "Ain't That Lonely Yet," off the same album, This Time. DWIGHT also presented the award for "Country Album Of The Year" at the ceremonies which were held at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium on March 1, 1995.
N.A.R.A.S./B.M.I. honored DWIGHT with a star on the Country Star Restaurant "Boot Walk Of Fame" in a presentation held at Universal Studios City Walk on February 26, 1995. Accepting his own star alongside DWIGHT, was his friend and mentor, the legendary Buck Owens.
In January 1995, DWIGHT toured Australia for the first time in support of Gone.
On November 10, 1994, while celebrating his 10th anniversary as a recording artist with a reception and performance at L.A.'s historic Palomino club, DWIGHT accepted a double platinum award for This Time, in addition to platinum awards for both Hillbilly Deluxe (his second album) and the greatest hits package, Just Lookin' For A Hit. The evening included a testament to DWIGHT's musical achievements from Warner Bros. Records Chairman of the Board Mo Ostin and a congratulatory telegram from Merle Haggard. Proceeds benefited the economically hard-hit venue and the L.A. Fireman's Relief Association.
DWIGHT's performance of "Mystery Train" at the Elvis: The Tribute pay-per-view concert in Memphis on October 8, 1994, was singled out by critics as one of the event's highlights. As Chris Willman noted in the Los Angeles Times, DWIGHT "definitely had a little Elvis in him." Other performers included Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Tony Bennett, Iggy Pop, Chet Atkins, Melissa Etheridge and Michael Bolton with Pricilla Presley, Lisa Marie Presley Jackson and Michael Jackson in attendance. DWIGHT's performance also landed on the Mercury/Polydor live album, It's Now Or Never: The Tribute to Elvis, and ABC-TV's prime-time broadcast, which aired December 15, 1994.
DWIGHT co-starred with Kyle MacLachlan and Martin Sheen in Showtime's production of Roswell which aired in the summer of '94. He played Mac Brazel, a rancher who discovers the crash site of a UFO on his land. It's a dramatized account of a true story which took place in Roswell, NM in '47.
DWIGHT's concert on July 30, 1994, at San Francisco's historic Warfield Theater, was marked by extraordinary energy, partly because it was the last date on the second leg of the "This Time Tour" (in support of DWIGHT's This Time album), and also because it was recorded for DWIGHT's first-ever live album, Dwight Live (released in mid-1995).
DWIGHT's version of "Holding Things Together" appears on Tulare Dust: A Songwriter's Tribute to Merle Haggard.
Along with Pete Anderson, DWIGHT served as music supervisor on the motion picture soundtrack, Chasers (in theaters during the summer 1994), featuring such diverse artists as Buck Owens and the Meat Puppets, along with tracks by Pete and DWIGHT.
DWIGHT received two nominations for the Academy of Country Music's 29th Annual Awards (1993)--"Single Record Of The Year" for "Ain't That Lonely Yet," as well as "Album Of The Year" for This Time. DWIGHT also performed during the ceremonies at the Universal Amphitheater May 3, 1994.
DWIGHT earned his first Grammy at the 36th Annual Grammy Awards for "Best Country Vocal Performance, Male" for "Ain't That Lonely Yet," the first single released from the double-platinum This Time. He was also nominated for "Country Vocal Collaboration" with Ralph Stanley for their version of the YOAKAM original "Miner's Prayer" on Stanley's album Saturday Night & Sunday Morning.
DWIGHT made his big screen acting debut in early '94 in John Dahl's Red Rock West with Nicholas Cage and Dennis Hopper. "John Dahl's terrific film noir Red Rock West brings to mind the Coen brothers' Blood Simple, Carl Colpaert's Delusion and his own Kill Me Again in its clever plotting and wide open-spaces setting," noted The Los Angeles Times in a review. Interestingly, the film made an unusual journey from its initial theatrical release, to video, and back to an impressive run in art-house theatres across the U.S.
In conjunction with This Time, DWIGHT performed on Saturday Night Live (in `94), twice on the Late Show With David Letterman (in '93) and once on the Tonight Show (in '93).
DWIGHT played to sold-out crowds on a five-month 90 city full-scale North American tour in '93. It was his first full-fledged tour in four years and by far his most successful. DWIGHT followed up in the summer of `94 by doing a limited U.S. tour (15 cities), in addition to an extensive European tour.
DWIGHT is responsible for the most successful CMT (Country Music Television) sweepstakes ever sponsored by the network, earning them a Midsouth Regional Emmy award. In a CMT cross-promotion with Musicland/Sam Goody, (the grand prize of which was DWIGHT's 1964 classic Cadillac Coupe De Ville) over 125,000 entry forms were received between Thanksgiving and Christmas of '93, more than doubling the entries submitted for any other previous promotion.
CMT Europe named YOAKAM their "Artist Of The Year" for 1993.
Along with VJ Duff, DWIGHT co-hosted MTV's very first country music special "Knockin' The Boots," which aired twice in November 1993. This prime-time 60-minute program featured country videos, interviews and live performances. YOAKAM was seen in three videos--including "Fast As You" and "A Thousand Miles From Nowhere" from This Time, plus "Suspicious Minds" from the Honeymoon In Vegas soundtrack--as well as in live concert footage from a Houston show filmed in late September.
Rolling Stone featured DWIGHT in their summer of '93 "College Issue" in a major five-page profile. In a four-star lead review of This Time in Rolling Stone, Don McLeese wrote: "Though YOAKAM is rarely mentioned with Randy Travis or John Anderson among the first rank of neotraditionalist vocal virtuosos, This Time suggests that he has no contemporary peer, that his emotional precision and command of nuance have attained a kind of perfection--if one can imagine Buck Owens and Johnny Horton as spiritual mentors."
DWIGHT was featured in an array of publications from the cover of Country Guitar, Country Fever, Country Music, Modern Screen's Country Music, Country Music Foundation, Country Music Roundup, Country Music USA, Music Connection, Music Express, to the cover of the life section of USA Today, to major features in Us, Creem, People and LA Style, to stories in Musician and Interview, a feature in Buzz with photos of his Corvette, and nearly everything and everywhere in between.
DWIGHT performed on the internationally broadcast '93 Country Music Awards in Nashville.
As testament to DWIGHT's vast popularity in the mainstream, he was named "Artist Of The Month" by VH1 for April '93 following Sade (January), Prince (February) and Sting (March).
DWIGHT made his critically acclaimed theatrical debut in April '93, starring in "Southern Rapture," an original play at the MET Theatre in Los Angeles. Director Peter Fonda was quoted in the Los Angeles Daily News regarding DWIGHT's performance: "Audiences won't see a singer trying to look like he knows how to act. You're going to come out having watched an actor who also knows how to sing."
On April 4, 1993, DWIGHT made the cover of the Los Angeles Times Sunday Calendar section, in a feature (headlined "Outlaw In A White Hat") written by Richard Cromelin.
DWIGHT opened an exciting new chapter in March '93 with the release of his sixth album, This Time, his most successful to date, which remained among the Top 20 Country Albums after 75 weeks on the chart. Two singles hit #1--"Ain't That Lonely Yet" and "A Thousand Miles From Nowhere"--and "Fast As You" went #2. The fourth single, "Try Not To Look So Pretty" and the fifth, "Pocket Of A Clown," both reached the Top 20.
On This Time, there are clear-cut excursions down several stylistic avenues, from the pure psychobilly country of the title track to the folk-rock feel of "A Thousand Miles From Nowhere," from the lovely acoustic ballad, "Try Not To Look So Pretty," to "Wild Ride," with its echoes of the vintage Stones. There is also the honky tonk heartache of "Lonesome Roads," the bluesy, riff-anchored fire of "Fast As You," and the moody, Spanish-tinged "Home For Sale." Special guests on the album include: Skip Edwards, Al Perkins and Jim Lauderdale. This Time was produced and arranged by longtime associate Pete Anderson and mixed by David Leonard. It includes six songs penned by DWIGHT, four co-written by DWIGHT and Kostas and one composed by Kostas and James House.
Five singles released from the previous platinum-plus If There Was A Way went Top 10: "Turn It On, Turn It Up, Turn Me Loose," "You're The One," "It Only Hurts When I Cry" (written with Roger Miller), "Nothing's Changed Here" and "The Heart That You Own."
DWIGHT was invited by John Mellencamp to perform a song, "Common Day Man," on the soundtrack to Falling From Grace -- Mellencamp's directorial film debut.
DWIGHT's recording of "Suspicious Minds" for the Castle Rock film soundtrack Honeymoon In Vegas, starring Nicolas Cage, successfully charted as a single and hit the television/cable airwaves as a widely seen video..
DWIGHT participated in MTV's '92 "Rock The Vote" campaign, filming two different PSAs.
Photos of DWIGHT were included in a "coffee table" art/photo book from famed European lensmaster Anton Corbijn, known for his photographs of U2.
DWIGHT's great visibility on the video airwaves was underlined when his video for "It Only Hurts When I Cry" was named one of 1992's Top Ten videos by CMT.
In an Atlanta Journal story on Keith Richards, the Rolling Stones guitarist said, when asked about the country music crossover, "What's happening now is the realization of the vision Gram Parsons had 20 years ago. He and DWIGHT and Garth Brooks are the architects of what's happening now." (11/27/92)
DWIGHT also performed on the TNN special, "Minnie Pearl Tribute: Hats Off To Minnie", at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, which aired October 26, 1992.
DWIGHT spent the Fourth Of July in 110 degree heat, where he drew over 150,000 people to the grounds of the AZ State Capital in downtown Phoenix.
On June 8, DWIGHT appeared on The Arsenio Hall Show and led The Posse, Arsenio's house band, in a set of songs designed to fit the theme of this special show. The show focused on "Youth In Crisis," the problems facing young Americans including drug abuse, self-esteem and problems relating to the L.A. riots. These issues were discussed by Arsenio and guests Jesse Jackson, Gloria Steinem and DWIGHT (when he took the couch). The show concluded with the Crenshaw high School Choir, a 42 member choir including rapper Young M.C.
DWIGHT turned in a rousing rendition of a Warren Zevon song, "Carmelita" for the new Partners album by acclaimed accordion player Flaco Jiminez. The album was released in June on Reprise Records.
DWIGHT made his motion picture acting debut this year in the film Red Rocks West starring Nicholas Cage and Dennis Hopper.
DWIGHT was joined by Ry Cooder for his acoustic set at a May 16th benefit concert for the Gene Autry Museum in L.A., saluting singing cowboys like Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Rex Allen and Autry himself. TNN aired the event later in the year as a special "Music of the West: A Tribute To The Singing Cowboys." The event, held on the lawn adjacent to the Gene Autry Museum in Griffith Park, brought out some 4,000 western fans and also featured Emmylou Harris and Clint Black.
DWIGHT performed "The Heart That You Own" on The Arsenio Hall Show May 14th.
On May 6th, Dwight participated in the taping of the star-studded Minnie Pearl tribute "Hats Off To Minnie!" at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. TNN broadcast the special.
On April 29, DWIGHT performed the national anthem at the Hollywood Park Racetrack opening day to kick off the season.
TNN aired "Dwight Yoakam In Concert" on April 28, taped at the Ventura Theater in California.
DWIGHT's TNN special, Dwight Yoakam: In The Spotlight, aired on April 27, 1992. The show featured concert footage which originally aired on DWIGHT's December/January pay-per-view special plus new footage and videos. This special was re-aired on July 6 and September 4, 1992.
DWIGHT hosted the season premiere of TNN's American Music Shop on April 18, 1992, performing with guests Emmylou Harris, Patty Loveless, Kelly Willis and Ralph Stanley.
DWIGHT appeared in a McDonald's commercial that ran on network television. The spot was filmed on Dwight's ranch and was part of a new McDonald's ad campaign.
On April 17th, DWIGHT appeared on the CNN talk show Sonya Live, via satellite from Hollywood with guest host Bobby Batista.
The video for "The Heart That You Own" made its network television debut on Entertainment Tonight on Friday, April 17th.
DWIGHT's video "It Only Hurts When I Cry" went to #1 on both The Country Music Channel and The Nashville Network
Coming off four Top 10 singles from his gold-plus If There Was A Way album DWIGHT YOAKAM released the much-acclaimed "The Heart That You Own" as the fifth single which was tapped by director Roger Donaldson for his film White Sands as a featured song on the film's soundtrack. The film, released April 24th, is an intriguing murder mystery starring Willem Dafoe as a backwater New Mexico Deputy Sheriff and Mickey Rourke as a charismatic arms dealer.
In 1992, DWIGHT performed at festivals in Japan and Switzerland, as well as performing to a packed house at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, attended by Mick Jagger, Jerry Hall and Ron Wood.
DWIGHT -- whose If There Was A Way disc marks his fifth consecutive gold album -- won "Best Country Artist" at the L.A. Music Awards.
In mid-February, Dwight participated in a photo shoot for the Ebel Watch company.
In February and March of '92, DWIGHT performed four, unplugged-type, acoustic dates at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, one at the Ventura Theater, as well as a show at The Palace in Hollywood, where he was joined by Ralph Stanley--the legendary bluegrass guitarist. All of the California shows were sold out.
DWIGHT recorded a distinctive version of "Truckin" for the Grateful Dead tribute album Deadicated, and was personally invited by the band to open for them at RFK stadium in Washington, D.C. in 1991.
DWIGHT made his television acting debut on the CBS detective series "P.S. I Love You" in the Fall of '91.
--- from the official Dwight Yoakam website