Also called a New Traditionalist, Yoakam was one of the pioneers of the sound, influenced by Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and Bob Wills. In addition to music, Yoakam is a film actor and director with notable appearances in movies like Swing Blade, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, and Panic Room.
Yoakum is a dynamic live performer with his trademark twangy guitar, heartfelt lyrics, and crooning voice. Below, he sings “Buenos Noches from a Lonely Room”:
Dwight Yoakam will appear on Sunday, July 25 at 7:25 p.m. on the Fleur de Lis Stage. HullabaLOU Festival at Churchill Downs. Visit the official site for details, tickets, and the schedule for all bands over the three-day music festival. You can also download a free HullabaLOU app for the iPhone from the Apple's App Store.