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Anna Rose Notes - Dwight Yoakam

New Studio Album Out October 27, 2007 On New West Records

Multiple Grammy® Award winner and entertainer Dwight Yoakam is set to release Dwight Sings Buck, a one-of-a-kind new album honoring the legendary Buck Owens, out on October 27, 2007 on New West Records.
“After his death, it was the clearest way I could express my love for him and acknowledge the depth of our friendship” said Yoakam on why he chose to record an album of Buck Owens songs. A portion of the proceeds from sales of the album will be donated by Dwight Yoakam and New West Records to the “Buck Owens American Music Foundation” a charity devoted to the preservation of the Bakersfield sound and the Buck Owens legacy. The emotional “Close Up The Honky Tonks,” will be released as the album’s first single.

Dwight and Buck’s profound initial musical connection turned into a life-long friendship. Yoakam demonstrates the enormous amount of love and respect he had for his friend with this special album honoring Owens’ legacy and showcasing his many hits. The Bakersfield sound was developed in Bakersfield and throughout California in the 1950s and 60s by the
likes of Merle Haggard and Buck Owens and the Buckaroos. Bakersfield country was an alternative to the Nashville country sound of the late 1950s. It was a sound that added electric instruments and other stylistic elements, borrowed from rock and roll. Buck Owens was one of the first to bring this Bakersfield sound to mainstream audiences and his music also influenced later country stars. Yoakam pays tribute to this amazing artist and his music
with Dwight Sings Buck , a fifteen track collection of many of Owens’ most memorable singles including 11 top five hits, eight of which reached #1 on the country charts; “Act Naturally,” “My Heart Skips A Beat,” “I Don’t Care (Just as Long as You Love Me),” “Only You (Can Break My Heart),” “Love’s Gonna Live Here,” “Your Tender Loving Care,” “Think of Me,” and “Together Again.”

Hailed as a “Renaissance Man” by Time Magazine, this Kentucky native, who was raised in Ohio, migrated to Los Angeles and blazed out of the LA club scene in 1986. Yoakam shared stages with LA roots-rock acts such as X, Lone Justice, the Blasters and Los Lobos. Beginning by revitalizing the Buck Owens/Bakersfield sound for a new generation, Yoakam would later push the envelope of the country music genre and transcend its parameters by experimenting with big band, American and British pop elements. Yoakam
fashioned memorable hits ranging from “Ain’t That Lonely Yet,” “Fast As You,” “I Sang Dixie,” “Thousand Miles From Nowhere,” “Little Sister” and

“Guitars, Cadillacs.” With the success of the albums Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc. Etc, Hillbilly Deluxe and Buenas Noches From a Lonely Room, he was soon considered the hottest young country star in ages. In the ‘90s he reached a commercial apex with the multi-platinum-sellers If There Was A Way and
This Time. To date Yoakam has 17 Top 10 country hits and has sold more than 23 million albums worldwide. Since his 1993 film debut opposite Nicholas Cage in Red Rock West, he has worked steadily in movies and television with exceptional performances in Sling Blade, The Minus Man,
Panic Room, and Crank. In 2000 he also directed, wrote and starred in a film of his own South of Heaven, West of Hell.

Dwight’s first New West album, Blame The Vein, yielded a couple of country music airplay and video hits in Australia (the title track and “Intentional Heartache”), and prompted a hugely successful sellout Australian tour late in 2006.

Dwight Sings Buck Track Listing:
1. My Heart Skips A Beat
2. Foolin’ Around
3. I Don’t Care (Just As Long As You Love Me)
4. Only You
5. Act Naturally
6. Down On The Corner Of Love
7. Cryin’ Time
8. Above And Beyond
9. Love’s Gonna Live Here
10. Close Up The Honky Tonks
11. Under Your Spell Again
12. Your Tender Loving Care
13. Excuse Me (I Think I’ve Got A Heartache)
14. Think Of Me
15. Together Again
For more information on Dwight Yoakam, including message boards, tour dates and more, please visit
www.newwestrecords.com   and www.dwightyoakam.com .

For a photo of Dwight & Buck and additional press materials please visit
www.newwestrecords.com/press .
Tamworth in a Dwight state of mind
Photos and Review courtesy of Anna Rose
Dwight Yoakam might not have known what state he was in when he played at Tamworth Regional Entertainment Centre – but nobody seemed to mind.
The American superstar gave and then gave some more, playing for two and a half hours solid – without taking so much as a sip of water. They reckon a man is not a camel, but you’d have to question that in Dwight’s case. It was a magnificent effort from someone who truly believes in giving his audience value for money.
He told us all he was pleased to be in Tamworth, later saying how great it was to “be in Queensland”, and while there was some rumbling from the crowd, no one said anything audible.
Then when he mentioned Queensland later on in the show, some vocal yokels up front of the stage pointed out his geographical faux pas, which he quickly corrected. Lucky he didn’t make that same error in Queensland, or he could easily have been lynched by that lot north of the border.
It’s little wonder he was somewhat confused, as this concert was something like 200+ on the tour so far. One of the crew told me he actually has a sign in front of him on stage to remind him which city he’s playing.
He took us all on a nostalgic trip to the land of his heroes – playing songs from Elvis, Buck Owens, Waylon Jennings and more – and then likened the Tamworth crowd (all 3000 of them) to the people he plays for in Texas.
Each hip swivel or knee movement was met with loud applause and whistles from the vocal crowd.
Dwight was also full of praise for his support act, Tamworth band The Baileys, urging the audience to get right behind them in their musical journey.
It was a night to remember at TREC – and hopefully the large response to Dwight’s appearance there will be a signal to all promoters to follow the lead of Andrew McManus and include Tamworth on future touring itineraries.
People travelled from all over the north-west just to see the man, and I spotted cars in town with Victorian, Queensland and South Australian number plates.
A group of excited Dwight fans even made the trip from WA to attend the concert in Tamworth, wanting to soak in the entire country music experience.
Sunday certainly was D Day in Tamworth – Dwight’s day --- yee-ha!
If you visit his website, www.dwightyoakam.com  you’ll see the gruelling schedule he has been maintaining since beginning the Watch Out/Blame The Vain tour.
Dwight’s Australian tour concludes in Cairns next Saturday night. For the five young Tamworthians travelling with him, the exposure and the experience has been invaluable – and something none of them will ever forget.
                                                     ---Anna Rose                 The Baileys Artist Report         
Dave McDonagh, Leading Edge ComputersTamworth with David Woodward,
marketing manager, Tourism Tamworth  (Socialising at Dwight's concert)
Wally Franklin and Anna Rose and Jim!!   (Socialising at Dwight's concert)

Andrew McManus Presents


Due to overwhelming demand, country music superstar Dwight Yoakam had added a Brisbane concert to his "Blame The Vain" Australian tour.

The multi-Grammy Award-winning star will play at the River Stage on November 8. Tickets are available as A Reserve seats at the front of the stage and general admission, and will be on sale on Monday September 25.

The addition to the tour is great news for Brisbane fans who have been very vocal via phone and internet in pushing for the show.

When Dwight's tour was announced in July, a Brisbane concert could not be offered due to venue availability. Since then, promoters have seen a resurgence in the outdoor River Stage as a venue through the successful INXS and upcoming Carole King concerts. After discussions with management, promoter Andrew McManus has reshuffled the Queensland tour run allowing the outdoor River Stage show to be confirmed.

To enable this to proceed, the concert in Rockhampton on November 8 at the Soundshell has been moved to November 10 at the Rockhampton Great Western, and the concert at the Mackay Soundshell on November 9 has been cancelled.

Andrew McManus said: "With so many country fans in Queensland, I was very keen for Dwight to play in as many cities as possible, and the shows in Cairns, Townsville, Toowoomba and Rockhampton are all selling well. Unfortunately the pre-sales for the Mackay Soundshell concert are not strong which is disappointing. Brisbane fans have been very vocal in pushing for Dwight to perform there and so it's a change that needs to be made. I'm pleased we've been able to make it happen for all the Brisbane fans."

Dwight is undoubtedly one of the most exciting and influential superstars of the country music world. With hits like ‘Honky Tonk Man’, ‘Streets Of Bakersfield’, ‘Little Ways’, ‘Little Sister’, ‘A Thousand Miles From Nowhere’ and ‘Ain’t That Lonely Yet’ plus a red hot band, Dwight’s show is definitely one not to be missed. It’s a rare chance to experience one of country’s absolute masters at his very best.

Exciting new Australian band The Baileys, who are preparing to record their debut album for EMI, are the special guest support act for the tour

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“Only country’s greatest showmen have toyed so boldly with the genre while simultaneously sounding like such purists.” (Country Music People)

“He has one of the silkiest voices this side of George Jones, one of the funkier hip
swaggers since Elvis and a crack band that will make any one of you get up to bust a two step.” (Outside Left Magazine)

One of the most exciting and influential superstars of the country music world Dwight Yoakam is set to tour Australia, it was announced today.

The multi-Grammy award-winning Yoakam has sold more than 23 million albums since his 1986 debut ‘Guitars, Cadillacs Etc Etc’, and along the way has become one of country’s true icons.

The tour is a rare visit to Australia by a major U.S country artist and is sure to be greeted with rapture by country fans. Yoakam’s 10-city tour runs the Eastern seaboard, kicking off in Melbourne on October 27.

Yoakam holds a unique place in the country world. Shunning the traditional home of country, Nashville, he cut his teeth in Los Angeles playing as many rock’n’roll clubs as country bars. His debut, the brutally retro ‘Guitars, Cadillacs Etc Etc’, blew Nashville apart and sold two million copies. Rather than riding on traditional country coat tails, right from the get-go Yoakam honed his own style with Telecaster guitar leads and sharp, rock-flavoured rhythms. His influences come from pop, punk, soul, swing and honky tonk and his stylish image and sassy rock’n’roll attitude was just the shot in the arm country needed.

With hits like ‘Honky Tonk Man’, ‘Streets Of Bakersfield’, ‘Little Ways’, ‘Little Sister’, ‘A Thousand Miles From Nowhere’ and ‘Ain’t That Lonely Yet’, Yoakam has always fearlessly stretched country’s boundaries, securing his stature among country’s elite.

Along the way he’s garnered a staggering 21 Grammy nominations, earning praise from the likes of Time Magazine, hailing him as ‘a renaissance man’, Rolling Stone noting ‘he has no contemporary peer’ and Vanity Fair proclaiming ‘Yoakam strides the divide between rock’s lust and country’s lament’.

Dwight also remains dedicated to his acting career. He has major roles in the current movies “The Three Burials” (written and directed by Tommy Lee Jones) and “Bandidas” (starring Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz), plus a great cameo in the Vince Vaughan/Owen Wilson movie “The Wedding Crashers”.

Since his debut in Nicolas Cage’s “Red Rock West”, he’s appeared in Billy Bob Thornton’s “Sling Blade”, “The Panic Room”, “The Newton Boys” and “South Of Heaven West Of Hell”(which he wrote and directed), amongst others.

Yoakam is currently touring the U.S in support of ‘Blame The Vain’, his first album of new music since 2003, and one that has been lauded as amongst his best. The Australian leg of the ‘Blame The Vain’ tour is a rare opportunity for fans here to experience one of country’s absolute masters at his very best. Concert dates are:

October 27 support act The Baileys -MELBOURNE PALAIS THEATRE
Ticketmaster 136 100 & Box office (03) 9537 2444

October 28 support act The Baileys - MELBOURNE PALAIS THEATRE
Ticketmaster 136 100 & Box office (03) 9537 2444

October 29 support act The Baileys -WOLLONGONG WIN ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE
Ticketek 132 849

October 31  support act The Baileys - SYDNEY CAPITOL THEATRE
Ticketmaster 136 100  (Change of Date)

November 4 support act The Baileys - NEWCASTLE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE
Ticketek (02) 4921 2121

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November 8 support act The Baileys - ROCKHAMPTON MUSIC BOWL
Pilbeam Theatre Box office (07) 4927 4111

November 9 support act The Baileys - MACKAY CANELANDS PARK SOUNDSHELL
Box office (07) 4957 1777

November 11 support act The Baileys -TOWNSVILLE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE
Box office (07) 4771 4000

November 12 support act The Baileys - CAIRNS CONVENTION CENTRE
Ticketlink (07) 4031 9555



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