BMI hon­ors Dwight Yoakam, top coun­try song­writ­ers

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - NEWS -

NASHVILLE, TENN. >> Coun­try mu­sic singer, song­writer and ac­tor Dwight Yoakam was hon­ored by per­form­ing rights or­ga­ni­za­tion BMI for his trail­blaz­ing and highly unique style of Cal­i­for­nia coun­try rock.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion gave the Gram­my­win­ner the Pres­i­dent’s Award, as well as hon­ored many of coun­try’s top song­writ­ers and artists, dur­ing a cer­e­mony in Nashville, Tenn.

Born in Ken­tucky, Yoakam by­passed the Nashville scene and moved to Cal­i­for­nia, where the Bak­ers­field-style of coun­try mu­sic be­came one of his big in­flu­ences.

He’s had hits with “A Thou­sand Miles From Nowhere” and “Fast As You,” and sev­eral plat­inum-sell­ing al­bums.

Coun­try singers Jon Pardi, Margo Price and the group The High­women with Ja­son Is­bell per­formed some of Yoakam’s songs dur­ing the cer­e­mony.

Other top coun­try song­writ­ers were also hon­ored, in­clud­ing Ni­colle Ga­lyon and Ross Cop­per­man.

Ga­lyon be­came the first fe­male song­writer to win BMI’s coun­try song­writer of the year since Taylor Swift in 2010.

THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Dwight Yoakam and Emily Joyce ar­rive at the 67th an­nual BMI Coun­try Awards cer­e­mony in Nashville, Tenn.

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