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Dwight Yoakam

August 15, 2013

YellowBrix

Aug. 15--Country star to appear at The Pageant

With his signature pale cowboy hat pulled low, skin-tight blue jeans and hip swivels that could rival Elvis, Dwight Yoakam has never quite fit into the mainstream country mould. His blend of honky tonk, rockabilly and even punk rock music come together to form an individual style that is unmatched in the music industry. While he is generally considered to be a country music artist, Yoakam's talents go well beyond the constraints of a single genre.

Born in Kentucky and raised in Ohio, Yoakam's music career took a meandering path to stardom. His big break came in 1986 with the release of his debut album, "Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc." The album, laced with elements of traditional country and modern pop/rock overlaid with Yoakam's distinct twang, was a hit with both critics and fans. Three of the album's 10 tracks made the Top 40 of the Hot Country Singles chart in 1986, and the album became Yoakam's first of three consecutive No.1 Billboard Country Albums.

His hit single, "Honky Tonk Man," which was a cover of a 1956 Johnny Horton song, peaked at No. 3 on the country charts. Yoakam made history with the song when it became the first ever country music video to be played on MTV.

Throughout the 1980s, Yoakam's star continued to rise with his unique combination of traditional country and mainstream rock. An article in "Vanity Fair" declared of him, "Yoakam strides the divide between rock's lust and country's lament."

Yoakam's impressive career boasts 12 gold albums and nine platinum or multi-platinum albums, including the triple-platinum "This Time."Five ofthosealbums have topped Billboard's Country Albums chart with another 14 landing in the Top 10.More than 30 singles have charted, with 22 going Top 20, including the incomparable hits "Honky Tonk Man,""Please Please Baby," "Little Ways," "I Sang Dixie," "It Only Hurts When I Cry," "Fast as You" and "Thousand Miles from Nowhere." He has also won two Grammys and earned 21 nominations.

Yoakam has proved himself to be a true renaissance man gaining success onscreen as well as onstage. He has appeared in the films "Red Rock West" in 1992, the Academy Award-winning film "Sling Blade" starring Billy Bob Thornton, "Panic Room," "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada," "Four Christmases," "Crank" and "Crank 2: High Voltage," and the hit comedy "Wedding Crashers."

Yoakam released his latest studio album, "3 Pears," in October, 2012 with Warner Bros. This album "balances his country core with a fiercely independent embrace of rock, Americana, pop and soul," according to information on Yoakam's website at www.dwightyoakam.com. Yoakam collaborated with a number of diverse artists for "3 Pears," including singer/songwriter Beck and Kid Rock.

Yoakam produced "3 Pears" and on it he has been described as portraying a "growing positivity."

"The music just kind of dropped in, in that way," stated Yoakam on his website. "Music is a bit of a mystery. Like all emotions are. And I think maybe it was something I needed to express and to share with the world at large, something positive when all of us are kind of carrying around this collective, emotional weight."

Experience the music of this mercurial musician for yourself when Dwight Yoakam with special guest Sturgill Simpson performs on Aug. 18 at the Pageant in St. Louis. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m.

General admission tickets are $35 in advance and $37.50 on the day of the show. Reserved balcony tickets for guests 21 and older are $45.

Tickets are available from all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

The Pageant is located at 6161 Delmar Blvd. in St. Louis, Mo. For more information, visit www.thepageant.com.

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