Country Legend Dwight Yoakam Returns to the EKU Center

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Dwight Yoakam is returning to the EKU Center for a live concert event on Sunday, September 30 at 7:30 PM. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 13 at 9:00 AM, and are priced at $50 and $70. Tickets can be purchased online at EKUCenter.com, by calling the box office at 859-622-7469, or in person at 1 Hall Drive in Richmond, on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University. Friends of the Center can buy tickets early starting on Tuesday, July 10.

Dwight Yoakam has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide and is a 21-time nominated, multiple Grammy Award winner. He has 12 gold albums and 9 platinum or multi-platinum albums, with five of those albums topping Billboard’s Country Albums chart, and another 14 landing in the Top 10. Nearly 40 of Yoakam’s singles have charted, with 14 peaking in the Top 10. He received the Artist of the Year award at the 2013 Americana Music Honors & Awards ceremony, the most prestigious award offered by the organization.

In September of 2016, Yoakam released his first ever bluegrass album, "Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars…", on Sugar Hill Records. Featuring a band of bluegrass luminaries, the album boasts a collection of reinterpreted favorites from his catalogue, as well as a cover of Prince's "Purple Rain." Produced by nine-time Grammy winner Gary Paczosa (Alison Krauss, Dolly Parton), Jon Randall (songwriter of "Whiskey Lullaby"), and Yoakam himself, this album reflects the love for bluegrass music that Yoakam developed at an early age in Kentucky, and that has inspired him for many years thereafter.

In addition to his musical career, Yoakam is a formidable film and television actor, capable of seamlessly melting into his roles, and impressively standing toe-to-toe with some of the world’s top thespians over the course of his storied and successful acting career, including Jodie Foster, Tommy Lee Jones, Jared Leto, Forest Whitaker, and Matthew McConaughey.