Yoakam, Dwight (David )
- Travis D. Stimeling
(b Pikeville, KY, Oct 23, 1956). American Country-music singer-songwriter, screenwriter, and actor. As a young boy Yoakam and his family moved from the eastern Kentucky coalfields to Columbus, Ohio, but his family returned frequently to their ancestral home, allowing Yoakam to absorb Appalachian traditional musics and listen to “The Grand Ole Opry” on their long overnight drives. An avid record collector, Yoakam was drawn to the Bakersfield sound of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard and the Bakersfield-influenced country rock of the Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Gram Parsons, and Emmylou Harris.
After briefly studying drama at Ohio State University, Yoakam moved to Nashville in 1976 to pursue a recording career, finding little success. He moved to Los Angeles in 1977 or 1978, where he explored the intersections of punk and country music in the nascent “cowpunk” style. Collaborating with the guitarist and producer Pete Anderson, Yoakam recorded a six-song EP in ...