Dwight Yoakam Americana Artist of the YearCongrats to our own Dwight Yoakam who received the Artist of the Year Award from the Americana Music Association in Nashville, TN last week. Respect from Nashville has been a long time coming but anyone listening to country radio today can easily hear Dwight's influence. 

Those who recall the shouting match between Steve Earle and Dwight in the 80s as to who was the "real thing" know the answer now: they both were. But Dwight's allegiance to the sound of Buck, Wynn, and Merle--with a healthy dose of The Beatles thrown in--is still what drives him. Last year's album 3 Pears is still going strong.  Get ready for Act II.

Dwight was on tour for the awards show but mandolin hero Sam Bush picked up the award in Yoakam absence. "Hey take it easy," said Bush when the crowd started to moan, "I wore the tightest pair of pants I own." Yoakam is on tour this fall throughout the U.S.  He'll hit Austin City Limits in late November for a taping and will have a two night residency at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas. 

Congrats, Dwight from all of us at Epiphone!