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Under the Covers is a 1997 album of cover songs recorded by Dwight Yoakam. It peaked at No. 8 on Billboards Top Country Albums chart, and No. 92 on the Billboard 200.


*Dwight Yoakam – vocals, guitar, percussion

*Pete Anderson – guitar, 6-string bass, mandolin, background vocals

*Dean Parks – guitar

*Tom Brumley – pedal steel guitar

*Taras Prodaniuk – bass

*Chuck Domanico – bass

*Jim Christie – drums

*Skip Edwards – piano, organ, accordion, keyboards

*Ralph Stanley – banjo, vocals

*Scott Joss – fiddle, mandolin

*Alex Acuña – percussion

*Lee Thornburg – trumpet

*Chris Tedesco – trumpet

*Greg Smith – saxophone

*Lon Price – saxophone

*Eric Jorgensen – trombone

*Nick Lane – trombone

*Sheryl Crow – background vocals

*Lonesome Strangers – background vocals

*Beth Andersen – background vocals

*Anthony Crawford – background vocals

*Tommy Funderburk – background vocals

*Jeff Rymes – background vocals

*Randy Weeks – background vocals

Chart performance



Category:1997 albums

Category:Dwight Yoakam albums

Category:Covers albums

Category:Albums produced by Pete Anderson

Category:Reprise Records albums

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Artist/Band Information

Dwight David Yoakam (born October 23, 1956) is an American singer-songwriter, actor and film director, most famous for his pioneering country music. Popular since the early 1980s, he has recorded more than twenty-one albums and compilations, has charted more than thirty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, and sold more than 25 million records.

Early life

Yoakam was born in Pikeville, Kentucky, the son of Ruth Ann, a key-punch operator, and David Yoakam, a gas-station owner.Country Music Magazine, May/June 1986 Like many Kentucky families of the mid-20th century, the Yoakams moved to Ohio in hopes of creating a better life. However, Yoakam has always maintained a strong connection with his Kentucky roots, as evident by many of his songs, such as "Readin', Rightin', Route 23," "Bury Me," "Floyd County," "Louisville," "Miner's Prayer" and "I Sang Dixie."

He was raised in Columbus, Ohio, but his family would return to Kentucky on weekends, thereby maintaining a sense of "home." Yoakam graduated from Columbus' Northland High School in 1974. During his high school years, he excelled in both music and drama, regularly securing the lead role in school plays, such as "Charlie" in a stage version of Flowers for Algernon, honing his skills under the guidance of teacher-mentors Jerry McAfee (music) and Charles Lewis (drama). Outside of school, Yoakam sang and played guitar with local garage bands, and entertained his friends and classmates with his impersonations, including one of Richard Nixon.

Yoakam briefly attended Ohio State University, but dropped out and moved to Nashville in the late 1970s with the intent of becoming a recording artist. Eventually he headed West to California.

Music career

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When he began his career, Nashville was oriented toward pop "Urban Cowboy" music, and Yoakam's brand of hip Honky Tonk music was not considered marketable.

After Yoakam moved to Los Angeles, he worked towards bringing his particular brand of new Honky Tonk or "Hillbilly" music (as he himself called it) forward into the 1980s.

Writing all his own songs, and continuing to perform mostly outside traditional country music channels, Yoakam did many shows in rock and punk rock clubs around Los Angeles, playing with roots rock or punk rock acts like The Blasters (Yoakam scored a small video hit with his version of their song "Long White Cadillac"), Los Lobos, and X. This helped him diversify his audience beyond the typical country music fans.

Yoakam's recording debut was on the compilation album A Town South of Bakersfield, which was a collection of "New Country" artists who were based in Los Angeles. He released an E.P. on independent label Oak Records; this was later re-released, with several additional tracks, as his major-label debut LP, 1986's Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc.. It launched his career. "Honky Tonk Man", a remake of the Johnny Horton song, and "Guitars, Cadillacs" were hit singles. The follow-up LP, Hillbilly Deluxe, was just as successful. His third LP, Buenas Noches from a Lonely Room, included his first #1 single, a duet with his musical idol, Buck Owens, on "Streets of Bakersfield". 1990's If There Was a Way was another best-seller.

Yoakam's song "Readin', Rightin', Route 23" pays tribute to his childhood move from Kentucky, and is named after a local expression describing the route that rural Kentuckians took to take to find a job outside of the coal mines. (U.S. Route 23 runs north from Kentucky through Columbus and Toledo, Ohio and through the automotive centers of Michigan.) Rather than the standard line that their elementary schools taught "the three Rs" of "Readin', 'Ritin', and 'Rithmetic", Kentuckians used to say that the three Rs they learned were "Readin', 'Ritin, and Route 23 North".

Along with his bluegrass and honky-tonk roots, Yoakam has written or covered many Elvis Presley-style rockabilly songs, including his covers of Queen's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" in 1999 and Presley's "Suspicious Minds" in 1992. He recorded a cover of the Clash's "Train in Vain" in 1997, a cover of the Grateful Dead song "Truckin'", as well as Cheap Trick's "I Want You to Want Me". Yoakam has never been associated only with Country music; on many early tours, he played with Hardcore Punk bands like Hüsker Dü and Meat Puppets, and played many shows around Los Angeles with Roots/Punk/Rock & Roll acts. His middle-period-to-later records saw him branching out to different styles, covering Rock & Roll, Punk, 1960's, Blues-based "Boogie" like ZZ Top, and writing more adventurous songs like "A Thousand Miles From Nowhere". In 2003, he provided background vocals on Warren Zevon's last album The Wind.

In 2000, Yoakam released, an album featuring solo acoustic versions of many of his hits. He then left his major label and started his own label.

His most recent album of new material is 2005's Blame the Vain, on New West Records. Yoakam also released an album dedicated to Buck Owens, Dwight Sings Buck, on October 23, 2007.

Yoakam is currently working on a new original album, expected in 2011. His duet with Michelle Branch, a song titled "Long Goodbye", is expected to be released as a single at the beginning of 2011 as well.

Music videos

Yoakam has directed most of his own music videos.

Film career

Yoakam has also starred in many films, most notably in critically acclaimed performances as an abusive alcoholic in Sling Blade (1996), as a sociopathic killer in Panic Room (2002), as the sheriff in The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2002) and as a police detective in Hollywood Homicide (2005). He appeared in a supporting role as Doc Miles, the doctor for Chev Chelios, in Crank and its sequel, Crank 2: High Voltage. In addition, he also guest starred in the King of the Hill episode Nine Very Angry Men as Lane Pratley. Yoakam also had a cameo appearance in the 2005 comedy movie Wedding Crashers. In 2008, Yoakam played Pastor Phil in Four Christmases, starring Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon, and he appears in the upcoming film Dirty Girl. He also appeared in The Last Rites of Ransom Pride, an independent 2010 Western that also stars fellow country singer Kris Kristofferson.

In 2000, Yoakam co-wrote, starred in, produced and wrote the soundtrack for South of Heaven, West of Hell, also starring Vince Vaughn and Bridget Fonda.

Food ventures

Yoakam's food brand, Bakersfield Biscuits, sells frozen foods at retailers such as Wal-Mart Superstores, Walgreens, Sam's Club, and Kroger.

Awards and recognition

Yoakam won the Grammy Award for "Best Male Country Vocal Performance" in 1993 for the song "Ain't That Lonely Yet". He was also named "Artist of the Year" by CMT Europe in 1993., Dwight Yoakam official website

Johnny Cash once cited Yoakam as his favorite country singer. Chris Isaak said Yoakam "is about as good a songwriter that ever put a pen to paper. I think he is someone who years from now will still be remembered, like Hank Williams or Buck Owens."Houston Chronicle,, 11/19/2009 - article by Andrew Dansby Time magazine dubbed Yoakam "A Renaissance Man" and Vanity Fair declared, "Yoakam strides the divide between rock's lust and country's lament."


In 1994, Yoakam described his political views as "libertarianism, the pure Jeffersonian ideal.", Advocates for Self-Government He said that the United States should "consider taking that road less traveled with less government. I'm not an active member of the Libertarian Party, but I do think there is room for their concepts in our experiment in democracy."


Studio albums

*Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. (1986)

*Hillbilly Deluxe (1987)

*Buenas Noches From a Lonely Room (1988)

*If There Was a Way (1990)

*This Time (1993)

*Gone (1995)

*A Long Way Home (1998)

*Tomorrow's Sounds Today (2000)

*South of Heaven, West of Hell (2001)

*Population Me (2003)

*Blame the Vain (2005)

Christmas albums

*Come On Christmas (1997)

Covers albums

*Under the Covers (1997)

*In Others' Words (2003)

*Dwight's Used Records (2004)

*Dwight Sings Buck (2007)

Compilation albums

*Just Lookin' for a Hit (1989)

*Dwight Live (1995)

*Last Chance for a Thousand Years (1999)

* (2000)

*Reprise, Please, Baby (2002)

*The Very Best of Dwight Yoakam (2004)

International releases

*This Is... (1990)

*La Croix D'Amour (1992)


*Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) ("Guitars, Cadillacs" plays on Juke in bar scene, but makes no physical appearance)

*Red Rock West (1992) (Actor and end credits song)

*Roswell (1994)

*The Little Death (1995)

*Painted Hero (1995)

*Don't Look Back (1996) (TV)

*Sling Blade (1996)

*Dave Matthews live at Budokon (1997)

*The Newton Boys (1998)

*When Trumpets Fade (1998) (TV)

*The Minus Man (1999)

*South of Heaven, West of Hell (2001) (Director, writer, lead actor and musical score)

*Panic Room (2002)

*Hollywood Homicide (2003)

*Three Way (2004)

*Wedding Crashers (2005)

*The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)

*Bandidas (2006)

*Crank (2006)

*Two:Thirteen (2008)

*Four Christmases (2008)

*Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show 2008

*Crank: High Voltage (2009)

*Dirty Girl (2010)

*The Last Rites of Ransom Pride (2010)

*Provinces of Night (2010)


Specific references:

General references:

*Himes, Geoffery. (1998). "Dwight Yoakam". In The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Paul Kingsbuey, Editor. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 605–6.

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