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Dwight Yoakam: Hillbilly Hipster

Cynthia Rose, Mail On Sunday, 12 April 1987

DWIGHT YOAKAM was eight years old when he wrote his first song: an American lament patterned after those of 1940s blue mountain balladeers the Stanley Brothers. The Stanleys dealt in poisoned wine, pining hearts and the sancity of motherhood – topics guaranteed to inspire a young acolyte. But what Dwight Yoakam really dug was their ancient sound.

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