Lucinda Williams's illustrious career is credited to the craftiness with which she nurtures her albums to fruition. The Grammy-Award winner hasn't had the commercial success of other famous country artists, however, she has received critical praise and her stage presences is unparalleled. Lucinda Williams tour dates are currently schedule nationally to cater to her adoring fans. In addition to touring, Lucinda Williams recently released her tenth studio album, Blessed, in 2011. Don't miss a date on the Lucinda Williams concert schedule (2011); Use Eventful as your source for Lucinda Williams tour dates and performance information.
The Louisiana native's creativity was fostered in an artful and intellectual home. Williams's father, Miller Williams, is an award-winning contemporary poet who brought his daughter along with him through his different visiting professorships around the American South and Mexico. Lucinda Williams' songwriting abilities were albeit aided by her poetic father who fostered her inclination towards writing and to playing the guitar. Lucinda Williams's first concert performance was in Mexico City when she was only 17-years-old. Lucinda Williams' concert performances were scheduled throughout the '70s where she played alt-country music in honky-tonks and local taverns throughout Texas before moving to Mississippi. She released her debut album, Ramblin', in 1978 and her sophomore album, Happy Woman Blues, in 1980; both of which went largely unnoticed.
Lucinda Williams recorded and toured throughout the '80s until she finally reached critical success with a Grammy Award in 1994. Her single "Passionate Kisses" from her 1988 self-titled album, was covered by Mary Chapin Carpenter in 1993 and earned Williams a Grammy for Best Country Song. Williams reached moderate commercial success with her fifth album, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, which appeared on the Billboard 200 and earned Williams a second Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album. Williams earned a Gold plaque for the effort and Lucinda Williams tour dates were scheduled alongside folk-icon Bob Dylan to support the album. Williams followed up in 2001 with Essence, which earned her third Grammy-Award and solidified her as an anomaly in contemporary country music.
Lucinda Williams continued to tour and record viable albums throughout the decade. Her songwriting capabilities and her craftsmanship earned her the title of "America's Best Songwriter" by Time magazine in 2002. In 2007, Lucinda Williams tour dates were scheduled on two five-night concert events in New York and Los Angeles where Williams performed all of her songs on the consecutive tour dates. She released a Live album from her tour date at the famed Filmore in 2005 and she released her only top ten album to-date, Little Honey, in 2009. More recently, Williams released Blessed in 2011 and has been touring to promote the disc ever since. She is a storyteller above all-else, but also a gifted guitarist and singer. Don't miss a date on the Lucinda Williams concert schedule. Use Eventful as your source for Lucinda Williams tour dates and venue information.
With a career spanning music, acting, and writing; Its quite obvious that the essence of Steve Earle lay within his storytelling capabilities. Whether he is performing his rockabilly country hits or writing novels, Steve Earle's gift is his ability to transmit real experiences into relatable stories. Steve Earle recently published a novel and released his latest country album, I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive, in 2011. To promote his projects, Steve Earle tour dates have been scheduled nationally. Don't miss a date on the Steve Earle concert schedule (2011); Use Eventful as your source for Steve Earle tour dates and venue information.
Earle moved to Nashville, Tennessee soon after graduating high school to pursue his musical ambitions. He scored a publishing deal with RCA and wrote songs for other artists including Vince Gill and Patty Loveless. Earle scored hit first top ten single with "Desperados Waiting for a Train", sung by Johnny Lee in 1981. In 1986, Earle released his debut album, Guitar Album, which earned a Gold plaque and critical acclaim. Earle entered a period of career decline, but reemerged in 1994 with his come-back album, Train A Comin', which earned a Grammy Award in 1996.
Since returning in the mid-90s, Earle has scored a succession of top ten country albums. His most recent disc, I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive, debuted at #4 on the Billboard Country Albums chart in 2011. Earle also published a novel based on the album in 2011 and appeared in the season three finale of 30 Rock. Steve Earle remains an eclectic folk hero who speaks from within and performs an excellent live show. Stay on top of this icon of rockabilly when he visits a venue near you. Use Eventful to stay updated with the Steve Earle concert schedule (2011).
Few entertainers have attained the iconic status of Dwight Yoakam. Perhaps that is because so few have consistently and repeatedly met the high standard of excellence delivered by the Kentucky native no matter what his endeavor. His name immediately conjures up compelling, provocative images: A pale cowboy hat with the brim pulled low; poured-on blue jeans; intricate, catchy melodies paired with poignant, brilliant lyrics that mesmerize with their indelible imprint. Then there’s Yoakam the actor, who seemingly melts into his roles, impressively standing toe-to-toe with some of the world’s top thespians: Jodie Foster, Tommy Lee Jones, Forest Whitaker, Nicholas Cage. Add to that Yoakam the entrepreneur and you have a singular talent without peer.
Is it any wonder that Time Magazine dubbed Yoakam “A Renaissance Man?” But that’s getting ahead of the story.
Much has been made that the Kentucky-born, Ohio-raised Yoakam was too country for Nashville when he first sought out his musical fortune in the mid-80s, but the truth is his music has always been too unique, too ruggedly individualistic to fit neatly into any one box. Like the icons he so admires --Elvis, Merle, Buck-- Yoakam is one of a kind. He has taken his influences and filtered them into his own potent blend of country and rock that honors his forbearers and yet creates something beautifully new. As Vanity Fair declared, “Yoakam strides the divide between rock’s lust and country’s lament.”
The long-time Los Angeleno has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide, placing him in an elite cadre of global superstars. Yet the sales have never come at the expense of his musical integrity. Whether singing about the twisted wreckage of romance or broken dreams of this hard life, Yoakam brings a knowing, glorious edge to his delivery and stands, in a world of artifice and flash, as a beacon of authenticity. He has 12 gold albums and 9 platinum or multi-platinum albums, including the triple platinum “This Time”. Five of those albums have topped Billboard’s Country Albums chart with another fourteen landing in the Top 10. More than 30 singles have charted, with twenty-two going top 20, including the incomparable hits “Honky Tonk Man,” “Please Please Baby,” “Little Ways,” “I Sang Dixie,” “It Only Hurts When I Cry,” “Fast as You” and “Thousand Miles from Nowhere.” He’s won two Grammys and earned a staggering 21 nominations.
His debut album, “Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc.,” had critics and fans alike taking notice, heralding a new voice that arrived fully formed with no contemporary rival. With those 10 songs, full of twang and truth, Yoakam led the New Traditionalist movement. From the start, it was clear this jaded, often inscrutable troubadour could put a voice to our thoughts, expressing them better than we ever could.
Over the next several albums, Yoakam morphed from talented newcomer to musical legend. With “Hillbilly Deluxe,” People’s Ralph Novak aptly praised Yoakam for his “uncluttered natural style, with a little rockabilly sob in his voice that harks back to Hank Williams.”
Indeed, as his artistry continued to develop—through such albums as “Buenas Noches from a Lonely Room” and “This Time”--- Yoakam progressed on a singular path. No less than the Washington Post’s Jon Podhoretz declared Yoakam “as serious a country performer as there is today.” Furthermore declaring him, “the best songwriter going.” The New York Times’ Peter Watrous confirmed Yoakam’s much broader role as the eyes of this country: “He fits into a general cultural reinvestigation of things American, including jazz and grassroots rock-and-roll.” Fellow New York Times scribe Jon Pareles compared Yoakam to one of his heroes: “Like Presley, he doesn’t always stay within musical genres; even more important, he makes sure a song’s conflicting emotions all come through. His breakup songs are blue and lovelorn, but angry, too; his rambling-guy songs are footloose but regretful; his come-ons are both seductive and menacing.”
As stellar as his recordings are, his live performances are transcendent (check out 1995’s “Dwight Live”). Upon his appearance at the Kentucky State Fair in 2006, the Louisville Courier Journal’s Marty Rosen declared that “in his best moments, Dwight Yoakam ranks with the scant handful of country singers (or, more accurately, singers in any genre, from opera to blues) who can legitimately be called geniuses.”
So broad is his appeal that he was the only artist to appear this year at both indie rock extravaganza Coachella and at country music festival Stagecoach. His performances, as always, drew rapturous acclaim from critics: “I haven’t yet encountered another devoted love fest like the one Yoakam got this weekend,” wrote August Brown in the Los Angeles Times this spring. “Every alt-kid, rockabilly survivor, Latina hot-rodder and the rest of Stagecoach’s misfits all came under this tent to pay rowdy respect to a singer-songwriter who’s done as much as any to keep the fangs in modern pop-inclined country.”
Yoakam also recently headlined the last night of the CMA Festival in Nashville, marking his first appearance at the event in two decades. The potency of his performances makes him a much in-demand guest on the television circuit. So much so that he holds the record for the most performances by any musical artist on the top-ranked “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”.
But the music only tells part of the story. Over the last 15 years, Yoakam has carved out a niche as one of the top character actors on film.
Starting with a role as a truck driver in John Dahl’s spicy film noir “Red Rock West” in 1992, Yoakam was an instantly mesmerizing presence on the big screen. However, nothing prepared viewers for his riveting appearance as the malevolent Doyle Hargraves in the Academy Award winning film “Sling Blade,” for which he and his co-stars were also nominated for the Screen Actors Guild’s award for outstanding performance by a cast. In David Fincher’s box office hit “Panic Room,” as the brilliantly underplayed antagonist Raoul, Yoakam once again seamlessly shapeshifted in front of our eyes. As David Smith for the BBC wrote, “…the film is stolen by Yoakam.” His performance in Tommy Lee Jones’ Cannes Film Festival award-winning “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada” was effusively praised for its penetrating honesty. Entertainment Weekly’s Sean Smith told USA Today, “As a character actor, he disappears into his roles. There’s something amazingly natural about what he does. All his characters have this tense undertone to them.”
Yet just when Yoakam appears to get pigeonholed, he deftly transcends categorization. This holiday season he’ll once again display his vast range when he plays the hilarious Pastor Phil alongside Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn in the broad comedy romp, “Four Christmases.” He then returns to action when he reprises his role as the infectiously eccentric Doc Miles with Jason Stratham in “Crank 2: High Voltage,” the sequel to the 2006 smash “Crank.”
There is Yoakam the artist, and then there’s Yoakam the entrepreneur. In typical Yoakam fashion, even his endeavors that start out as a genial gesture at a friend’s behest somehow turn into a brilliant move. In the mid-90s, Buck Owens repeatedly joked with Yoakam about creating something special for the opening of Owens’ Crystal Palace club and museum. In typical tongue-and- cheek fashion, Yoakam created a fictitious brand of biscuits to be served to mark the occasion, dubbed Dwight Yoakam’s Bakersfield Biscuits. Once again, Yoakam’s creative instincts led to something lasting. The initially imaginary Bakersfield Biscuit and Dry Goods Company has evolved into a successful national brand with dozens of products in stores across the country.
At the core of Yoakam’s creative expression, whether it is musical, theatrical or entrepreneurial, is an unwavering desire to articulate human connection. The thread that ties it all together continues to be Yoakam himself, and his devotion to discovery. But we’ll let Yoakam have the final word. As he told Newsweek, “I’m committed to an earnest exploration of life, no matter what medium I’m using.”