Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Dwight Yoakam awarded gold record during performance

Dwight Yoakam was surprised with a presentation of his gold record for “The Very Best of Dwight Yoakam” Sunday night by Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau during his performance at Go Country 105’s “Summer Under The Stars” held at The Greek Theatre. Councilman Dennis Zine from the City of Los Angeles also presented Yoakam with a special proclamation.

Preparing to return to the stage to perform his encore, after a crowd pleasing set that lasted over an hour and a half, Yoakam was surprised by a special presentation that started off with Councilman Dennis Zine presenting with a proclamation making July 27, 2008 Dwight Yoakam Day in the City of Los Angeles. Vaughn and Favreau then joined Yoakam on stage presenting him with the gold record for “The Very Best of Dwight Yoakam,” released by Warner Bros./Rhino Records.

Since the release of his debut album, Dwight Yoakam has gone on to sell more than 25 million albums worldwide, has been nominated for a staggering 21 Grammys, winning two Grammy Awards and was bestowed the honor of “International Artist Achievement Award” by the Country Music Association in 2007.

Dwight is also concentrating on his successful acting career. He has completed the broad comedy role of Pastor Phil for the forthcoming Lionsgate release “Four Christmases” in which he co-stars with Vince Vaughan and Reese Witherspoon. This will be major holiday release in November. Dwight will be reprieving his role as Doc Miles in the forthcoming sequel to Crank called “Crank: High Voltage” in which he co-stars with Jason Statham and Amy Smart.

Yoakam recently re-launched his website ( with the debut of The Route 23 Club (, a new fan club site offering exclusive access to Yoakam content – including news, pictures, video, audio, desktop wallpapers, buddy icons and special "behind the scenes" footage. The site’s "Interact" section includes a members-only discussion board, where fans can communicate with each other, members of Yoakam's management team, and even Yoakam himself. Additionally, the club features exclusive monthly contests with prizes including signed merchandise, tour meet & greets with Yoakam and concert tickets.

Yoakam has also launched a new MySpace page ( and Facebook page.

For more information on Dwight Yoakam, including message boards, tour dates and more, please visit

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