Anna Rose Notes - Dwight Yoakam
- DWIGHT YOAKAM HONORS BUCK
DWIGHT SINGS BUCK
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
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tour dates and more, please visit
For a photo of Dwight & Buck and additional press materials
- Tamworth in a Dwight
state of mind
- Photos and Review courtesy of Anna
- 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
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,
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.
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
- BRISBANE CONCERT ADDED TO THE
CHANGE IN ROCKHAMPTON AND MACKAY SHOWS
Due to overwhelming demand, country music superstar Dwight Yoakam
had added a Brisbane concert to his "Blame The Vain" Australian
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
QUEENSLAND CONCERT DETAILS ARE:
November 6 TOOWOOMBA CLIVE BERGHOFER RECREATION CENTRE
Box office (07) 4631 1588
- November 8 BRISBANE RIVER STAGE +NEW
SHOW ON SALE SEPTEMBER 25.
Ticketmaster 136 100
November 9 MACKAY CANELANDS PARK
CANCELLED. REFUNDS AVAILABLE
- November 10 ROCKHAMPTON GREAT WESTERN
+DATE CHANGED FROM NOVEMBER 8
Box office (07) 4922 3888
November 11 TOWNSVILLE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE
Box office (07) 4771 4000
‘BLAME THE VAIN’ AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2006
support The Baileys
“Only country’s greatest showmen have toyed so boldly with the genre
while simultaneously sounding like such purists.” (Country Music
“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
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
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
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),
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
November 5 support act The Baileys - TAMWORTH REGIONAL ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE
Visitor Information Centre (02) 6767 5300
November 6 support act The Baileys -TOOWOOMBA THE CLIVE BERGHOFER RECREATION CENTRE
Box office (07) 4631 1588
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
TICKETS ON SALE MONDAY JULY 24
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