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Dwight Yoakam performs at the Hollywood Palladium, makes his Off-Ramp debut

Dwight Yoakam at the 2008 San Diego County Fair
Dwight Yoakam at the 2008 San Diego County Fair
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Country singer songwriter Dwight Yoakam is coming to Los Angeles. He's playing Friday, September 6 at the Hollywood Palladium. He got his start in Los Angeles — opening for punk acts like the Blasters and X. And his first big break didn't come in Nashville. It happened right here in Los Angeles, on a public radio station, no less.

"The first time I ever heard a song of mine played was on the radio was KXLU, University at Loyola Marymount public station, said Yoakam. "The company who put out my independent EP said 'You know, there's this show Straight Pop and we think they're gonna play your record.' It was sandwiched in between the Butthole surfers and the Dead Kennedys!"

To hear more, take a listen to the rest of the interview on the left.