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11 Reasons You Shouldn't Forget About Dwight Yoakam

His new album, Second Hand Heart, is out today. It's Yoakam's first in three years!

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1. Dwight Yoakam has not only made it in country music, but also in film, and (we'll explain later) punk.

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He's acted in movies such as Panic Room, Sling Blade, Wedding Crashers, and he even worked on the Iron Man 3 soundtrack.

2. His appeal is widespread.

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Dwight is a big deal for lovers of cowpunk -- or country punk -- a subgenre that combines the two and proves that opposites attract.

3. He plays shows with punk rockers.

He's played with such punk legends as Travis Barker from Blink 182, Alice Cooper, and the band X.
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He's played with such punk legends as Travis Barker from Blink 182, Alice Cooper, and the band X.

4. His song "Honky Tonk Man" was the first country music song EVER to air on MTV

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Country music just wasn't a thing for MTV until Dwight Yoakam came on the scene in the '80s.

5. He's highly accomplished.

Yoakam has won such awards as the Americana Music Artist of The Year Award, and two Grammy Awards!
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Yoakam has won such awards as the Americana Music Artist of The Year Award, and two Grammy Awards!

6. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

He was honored for his recording career. His star is located at 7021 Hollywood Blvd.

7. Johnny Cash has said Yoakam is his favorite modern country artist.

Here he is telling Larry King.

8. He stunts the mysterious cowboy look from spaghetti westerns.

The infamous pose where most of the face is covered by a giant cowboy hat.

9. He has played the creepiest characters in movies.

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Dwight Yoakam plays a deranged burglar who tries to kill Jodi Foster's character in Panic Room, a drunk, abusive husband in Sling Blade, and a self-centered, cheating divorcee in Wedding Crashers.

10. But IRL he wouldn't harm a fly.

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Who knows what's happening here, but it looks adorable. He's 58 years old and still livelier than ever!

11. His new album Second Hand Heart, is out today!

Want more new music? Pre-order #SecondHandHeart & get instant dwnld of #TheBigTime: http://t.co/sWWuO72Kyq

The singles already released from it -- "Second Hand Heart,""'Liar," and "The Big Time" -- sound like tunes you could either square dance or head bang to.

Love ya, Dwight.

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