Dwight Yoakam: Kentucky born, Ohio raised; Tennessee jilted, California praised. That’s the way the story goes, at least. In 1977 when Dwight moved to Nashville to pursue his honky-tonk dreams, Nashville was moving away from the traditional and Countrypolitan sound it had spent the better part of a century developing, and more towards the pop-country that still inhabits its airwaves. Dwight found that his musical aspirations were better suited on the leading edge of the post-Bakersfield, Los Angeles “Cowpunk” scene where his music was better received by the West coast punks and drunks than the then-current Music City establishment. The Nashville industry eventually embraced the LA-based outsider in the late 80’s and Dwight Yoakam turned out to be one of the best damn artists country music has ever known. Today, the massive influence of Yoakam’s unique style of country music on Nashville is clearly demonstrated by the sheer number of times “Guitars, Cadillacs” is picked on lower Broadway each day. It never gets old. It’s practically the city anthem.

Third Man Records, as you know, is thrilled to call Nashville home to its label headquarters, and calling Nashville home means putting out some real country music records. We did it earlier this year from one Margo Price, and we’re doing it again now, just in time for the CMA Music Festival next week. Dwight Yoakam recently took to the studio with our fearless leader Jack White III to record two of the swingin’est tunes we’ve ever had covered in our Blue Series: “Tomorrow’s Gonna Be Another Day” (Boyce/Venet, popularized by The Monkees) b/w “High On The Mountain of Love” (Dorman, popularized by Kenny Lynch, then Johnny Rivers, then The Beach Boys, and recorded by many others along the way). Produced by White and backed by the Third Man band of all-stars – Lillie Mae Rische, Daru Jones, Cory Younts, Dominic Davis, Fats Kaplin – these two renditions, into which Dwight’s delivery breathes new life, proves that with the right artist behind the microphone, any song’ll make an even better country song. Now, have you ever heard anything more Nashville than that?

Listen to a clip of each song here.

“Tomorrow’s Gonna Be Another Day” is available for pre-order now and officially in-stores June 10th, 2016. Pre-order is now available here.

Yoakam has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide, placing him in an elite cadre of internationally acclaimed recording artists. He has earned 12 gold albums and nine platinum or multi-platinum albums, including the triple-platinum This Time. Five of those albums have topped Billboard’s Country Albums Chart with another 14 landing in the Top 10. More than 30 singles have charted, with 22 going to Top 20. He is a 21-time nominated, multiple GRAMMY Award winner. In addition to  his musical career, Yoakam is a formidable film and television actor, capable of seamlessly melting into his roles, and impressively standing toe-to-toe with some of the world’s top thespians over the course of his storied and successful acting career, including Jodie Foster, Tommy Lee Jones, Jared Leto, Forest Whitaker, and Matthew McConaughey.

Dwight is on tour now in support of his current Reprise Records album, Second Hand Heart. All confirmed tour dates are as follows:


May 27                    Country 500 2016                                                       Daytona Beach, FL

Jun 3                        Venetian Casino                                                         Las Vegas, NV

Jun 4                        Venetian Casino                                                         Las Vegas, NV

Jun 5                     Celebrity Theatre                                                        Phoenix, AZ

Jun 11                      Red Rocks Amphitheatre                                           Morrison, CO
Jun 24                      AT&T Performing Arts Center                                    Dallas, TX

Jun 25                     Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion                                Woodlands, TX

Jul 3                     Dauphin’s Countryfest                                                Dauphin, MB

Jul 7                         Snoqualmie Casino                                                    Snoqualmie, WA

Jul 9                         Deep Water Amphitheater                                          Manson, WA

Jul 14                      Stanislaus County Fairgrounds                                   Turlock, CA

Jul 15                      Santa Barbara County Fairgrounds                             Santa Maria, CA

Jul 17                      California Exposition & State Fair                                Sacramento, CA

Jul 21                      Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino                                        Lemoore, CA

Jul 22                      Charles Brown Audit./Tri-county Fairgrounds              Bishop, CA
Jul 23                      Edgewater Hotel & Casino                                           Laughlin, NV

Jul 29                      Schermerhorn Symphony Center                                Nashville, TN

Jul 30                      Timberwood Amphitheater                                           Hot Springs, AR

Aug 5                       IP Casino                                                                     Biloxi, MS

Aug 13                    Hard Rock Hotel & Casino                                           Sioux City, IA

Sep 2                      South Dakota State Fair Grandstand                           Huron, SD

Sep 3                      Deadwood Mt. Grand Hotel & Casino                          Deadwood, SD

Sep 16                    Peppermill Concert Hall                                               West Wendover, NV

Sep 30                    All Seasons Arena                                                       Minot, ND

Oct 14                     La Hacienda Event Center                                          Midland, TX

Oct 21                 River Cree Resort & Casino                                        Enouch, AB

Oct 22                 River Cree Resort & Casino                                        Enouch, AB

Nov 3                      Majestic Ventura Theater                                            Ventura, CA

More info and tickets here.


About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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