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A long way home : twelve years of words
Yoakam, Dwight.
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Songs. Texts
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Hyperion, [1999]

Physical Description:
xi, 142 pages ; 22 cm
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ML54.6.Y63 L6 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Dwight Yoakam has long been known to country music fans as a musiciam who is as much artist as he is superstar. Over the course of his fifteen-year career, he has received fourteen Grammy nominations.

One reviewer described his work this way: "Yoakam's lyrics--Leonard Cohen meets Ernest Tubb--work so well because they're literary without being high-minded. The artfulness of the words . . . doesn't always hit you until you read them on the lyric sheet."

Newsweek called Yoakam's most recent record--titled, like his book, A Long Way Home--"a daring departure. It's lush and languid, more introspective than hit-driven. He's looking for subtle emotions, melodic evocations of the distances between people, and he draws on sources as varied as Bobby Darin, Chet Baker, and Buck Owens to get there."

A Long Way Home is the first collection of Yoakam's lyrics in book form. It spans his career, from such early albums as Hillbilly Deluxe and Buenas Noches from a Lonely Room to the recently released, critically acclaimed A Long Way Home. Yoakam's songwriting is really storytelling--he poetically writes of subjects ranging from God to drinking to love--and proves him to be as fine a writer as he is a musician.

Author Notes

Dwight Yoakam is a Grammy Award winner and fourteen-time nominee. He is an acclaimed musician and songwriter and now actor, with critically appraised performances in such films as Sling Blade and The Newton Boys. His 1998 release A Long Way Home made People magazine's Best of Song list. A native of Kentucky, Dwight Yoakam now lives in Los Angeles.