- June 07 Friday 8:00 PM
One of America’s most prolific songwriters and dynamic performers, Dwight Yoakam, brings his distinctive perspective on love, loss and surviving both to Canadian audiences. Yoakam’s ability to deliver tales of unrequited love, fresh heartbreak and other “honky-tonk” foibles with unapologetic emotion and hips swaying is why audiences can’t just listen—they move to his music. Whether performing traditional country, cow punk, honky tonk, or bluegrass-- the sound is quintessential Dwight Yoakam. Vanity Fair declared that “Yoakam strides the divide between rock’s lust and country’s lament.” That stride comes with a sizeable portion of swagger, and the audience comes away all the better for it.
Born in Kentucky and raised in Ohio, Yoakam moved to Nashville to try his hand at a music career. Not fitting in with the “Urban Cowboy” phase that was sweeping music row at the time, Yoakam moved west to California to further construct his interpretation of country music. That move proved fortuitous as he pioneered the “hillbilly” music that brought a new rock and punk rock audience to the country music genre. His self-financed EP, Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc,. (1986), was a breakout hit, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Dwight Yoakam is a multiple GRAMMY (2), Country Music Association (1), and Academy of Country Music (2) award winner, with 9 platinum or multi-platinum selling albums, 12 gold selling albums and winner of 2013’s Artist of the Year from the Americana Music Association.
Along with his critically acclaimed music, Yoakam is a formidable film and television actor whose films include Sling Blade and The Newton Boys. In 2016, he performed in a recurring role in David E. Kelly’s Amazon series, Goliath starring alongside Billy Bob Thornton.
Whether collaborating in music (Buck Owens, Beck, Jack White), or in film (Jodie Foster, Daniel Craig, Matthew McConaughey), Dwight Yoakam stands toe-to-toe with some of the world’s top thespians and musicians, seamlessly delivering the goods--and all with his signature swagger.