Photo by Emily Joyce Dwight Yoakam became a star when MTV played "Honky-Tonk Man" (click link to watch videos) as its first-ever country video, announcing the arrival of an artist with one boot planted firmly in country tradition and the other stepping right over it. His broken-hearted songs and earnest vocals confirmed he was the real deal musically; his 10-gallon-shrouded, soulful blue eyes, pouty lips and hyper-sexualized, Elvis-meets-Chuck-Berry moves suggested he was a lady-killer, a notion his videos often reinforced.
Yoakam scored his two No. 1 singles back to back in 1988: the honky-tonk-and-Tejano “Streets Of Bakersfield,” the Homer Joy tune on which he duets with Buck Owens, and his own "I Sang Dixie," a gorgeous, moving ballad. He goes solo in this live clip; no poses, just his rich, fluid voice and powerful words.
Yoakam earned three consecutive Grammy nods for Album of the Year — for the albums after the one considered his best: 1993’s This Time. That album did produce three consecutive No. 2 singles, however, including his first Grammy-winner, "Ain't That Lonely Yet." The video might be his only one without stage moves, vehicles, women or even an instrument; just Yoakam, exuding melancholy as he scuffles around an abandoned building.
“A Thousand Miles From Nowhere” was equally Grammy-worthy, a perfectly crafted hit with a... Sign In to Keep Reading