Dwight Yoakam: A Thousand Miles from Nowhere
by Don McLeese
Critics say he lacked authenticity, but it paid off for him
By Greg Kot: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dwight Yoakam wrote his first song when he was 8. It was called “My Daddy Got Killed Over in Viet- nam” — a heavy subject matter for anyone, let alone a grade-schooler.
The song’s a fantasy, which veteran music journalist Don McLeese says presages Yoakam’s career. In his concise biography, “Dwight Yoakam: A Thousand Miles from Nowhere,” McLeese admires how Yoakam blurs the lines between authenticity and invention.