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1. Dwight Yoakam

Starting his radio career in the mid-1980’s, Dwight was a superstar with audiences right out of the gate but he didn’t start out that way. Trying to get a recording contract in Nashville didn’t seem to be working for him, as he was playing traditional honky-tonk music instead of the pop-country that was all the rage at that point in time. So, he headed off to Los Angeles, performing at rock and punk shows. This not only allowed him to diversify his audience, but he added slight rock styles into his own music. With those more electric sounds in his songs, he ended up carrying on the tradition of the ‘Bakersfield sound’ in country music. This sound and new audience finally allowed him to get a record contract, and from there he had success. He was never one who wanted to play by Nashville’s rules and always desired to experiment with the sounds and styles he was recording, while still sounding country. This mostly honky-tonk music gained him an audience with the country radio listeners and he was able to keep his rock crowd happy with his rebellious attitude. Thus, while never one to burn up the charts, Dwight carved a place for himself in country music history.

The Bullet Points

  • Eligible Since: Sunday, 01 January 2006
  • Country of Origin: Pikeville, Kentucky, U.S.A>
  • Why they will get in: Large sales, beloved songs, and he kept a traditional sound of country music alive
  • Why they won't get in: He was always an outsider of the Nashville industry
  • Radio Career: 1986-1995, 1998-1999
  • Top Twenty Hits: 21
  • Album Sales: Over 30 million
  • Essential Albums: Honky Tonk Man (From Guitars Cadillacs Etc. Etc., 1986)
    Guitars, Cadillacs (From Guitars Cadillacs Etc. Etc, 1986)
    Streets Of Bakersfield (From Buenos Noches From A Lonely Room, 1988)
    Ain’t That Lonely Yet (From This Time, 1993)
    A Thousand Miles From Nowhere (From This Time, 1993)

Should Dwight Yoakam be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 100%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 0%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%

DWIGHT YOAKAM AT RYMAN AUDITORIUM IN NASHVILLE, TN

Jan 19, 2022

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DWIGHT YOAKAM AT RYMAN AUDITORIUM IN NASHVILLE, TN

Jan 20, 2022

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DWIGHT YOAKAM AT RYMAN AUDITORIUM IN NASHVILLE, TN

Jan 21, 2022

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DWIGHT YOAKAM AT RYMAN AUDITORIUM IN NASHVILLE, TN

Jan 22, 2022

Buy your Tickets to see Dwight Yoakam at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN HERE for as little as $!

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