Dwight Yoakam - Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. [LP] (180 Gram, download)
Perhaps that's because so few have consistently and repeatedly met the high standards of artistry and excellence delivered by the Kentucky native, no matter what the endeavor. As a highly acclaimed American singer-songwriter, actor, and film director best known for his pioneering signature sound in country rock music, Yoakam has recorded more than 20 albums, charted more than 30 singles, been nominated for 21 Grammy Awards (with 2 wins) and sold a staggering 25 million albums.
After spending some time in Nashville early in his career, Yoakam moved to Los Angeles and worked on his own brand of country-rock, or ''Hillbilly'' music (as he called it) which secured his place in history as a legendary cross-genre recording artist. Writing all his own songs and originally performing outside traditional country music avenues, Yoakam performed in rock and punk clubs around Southern California establishing a devoted following early on. This unique exposure helped diversify his faithful fan base well beyond the typical country music audience, all the while winning the respect and adoration of die hard country music fans as well. Yoakam is widely credited with bringing rock, pop and indie audiences into the world of country music.
His major-label debut LP, Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. included his first two hit singles: ''Honky Tonk Man'' and ''Guitars, Cadillacs.'' His video for ''Honky Tonk Man'' was the first country music video ever played on MTV, continuing the theme of Yoakam blurring boundaries and breaking the ''rules'' of the country music genre. His follow-up LP, Hillbilly Deluxe, was just as successful, while Yoakam's third LP, Buenas Noches from a Lonely Room, included his first #1 hit, ''Streets of Bakersfield.'' Yoakam has 12 gold albums & 9 platinum or multi-platinum albums, including the triple platinum ''This Time.'' Five of his albums have topped Billboard's Country Albums chart with another fourteen landing in the Top 10. Yoakam has appeared more times on ''The Tonight Show'' than any other musical artist in any genre.