When it comes to country stars, Dwight Yoakam blazed his own trail. Instead of taking the Nashville route, he opened for punk and rock bands in 1980s L.A., which probably explains his sense of humor and stage presence.
His debut album Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc., hit in 1986 and was an immediate success. That same year he was named Top New Male Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music and his career path was set.
30 years later he’s still making headlines and touring the country with his album Second Hand Heart. So when a clip of the young Dwight Yoakam in his full glory surfaces it’s a rare chance to enjoy his stage presence, wit and dance moves.
In this live show from 1988 on the Austin City Limits stage Yoakam gets right into the set with “Please, Please Baby.”
Wearing an embellished jacket and his signature jeans, he hits every note perfectly and busts out some of his most memorable moves.
But the set hits a hilarious pitch after the song ends and Yoakam starts talking. He reflects on the realities of men and women. Yoakam softly speaks into the microphone, “You know guys, it’s all a big bluff us being tougher than the women.”
That’s only the beginning of his humorous monologue. As he embellishes on this statement, it only gets funnier, until he finally sets up for the song “Little Ways”.
Enjoy this classic moment of Dwight Yoakam in all of his entertaining glory.