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Dwight Yoakam has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide, and he is a 21-time nominated, multiple GRAMMY Award winner. He has 12 gold albums and 9 platinum or multi-platinum albums, with five of those albums topping Billboard’s Country Albums chart and another 14 landing in the Top 10. Nearly 40 of Yoakam’s singles have charted on Billboard, with 14 peaking in the Top 10. Yoakam is a recipient of the Artist of the Year award from the Americana Music Association, the most prestigious award offered by the organization, he will be inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in the Songwriter/Artist category at the 49th anniversary Gala on October 14, 2019 in Nashville, TN.
Yoakam’s self-curated SiriusXM channel, titled Dwight Yoakam and The Bakersfield Beat ‘Where Country Went Mod’ launched in April of 2018. The channel celebrates the Bakersfield sound and those whom it has inspired. Guests have boasted the likes of Post Malone, Lukas Nelson, Beck, Chris Hillman, Jakob Dylan, Mike Nesmith and Mickey Dolans, Dave Alvin, and Jackie DeShannon, among others.
In 2016, Yoakam released his bluegrass album Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars… on Sugar Hill Records. Featuring a band of bluegrass luminaries, this album boasts a collection of reinterpreted favorites from his catalogue, as well as a cover of Prince’s “Purple Rain”. Produced by nine-time GRAMMY winner Gary Paczosa (Alison Krauss, Dolly Parton), Jon Randall (songwriter of “Whiskey Lullaby”), and Yoakam himself, and mixed by Chris Lord-Alge, this album reflects the love for bluegrass music that Yoakam developed at an early age in Kentucky and that has inspired him for many years thereafter. In 2018, Yoakam released two songs, “Pretty Horses” and “Then Came Monday” (the latter written with Chris Stapleton).
In addition to his musical career, Yoakam is a formidable film and television actor who has appeared in over 40 feature films, including Sling Blade and Panic Room. In 2016, he recurred in David E. Kelley’s Amazon series Goliath. Recently, he appeared in director Steven Soderbergh’s film Logan Lucky with Channing Tatum and Daniel Craig. Yoakam is capable of seamlessly melting into his roles and impressively standing toe-to-toe with some of the world’s top thespians over the course of his storied and successful acting career, including Jodie Foster, Tommy Lee Jones, Jared Leto, Forest Whitaker and Matthew McConaughey.
Barraza started his multi-decade career as the lead singer for Banda Los Recoditos, where he helped create the band’s well-known romantic style. At the same time, Barraza began introducing his own songs.
In 1995 he separated from Los Recoditos to launch himself as a soloist and form his own band called Banda Santa María. They produced many popular albums and when they toured, they sold out every venue, earning Barraza the nickname “The idol of the multitudes.”
After a short break, Barazza began producing albums with record company RB Music, and had hit songs in both the Mexican and US markets. He began touring again and sold out some of the most important Mexican and American venues, including the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, the Rosemont Theater in Chicago, The Monumental Plaza de Toros in Tijuana, and Auditorio Telmex.
Barraza recently celebrated his successful 30-year career with an album entitled "30 Anniversary, 30 Songs, 30 Duets." He is now touring in the United States, where his impressive stage shows feature more than fifty talented performers including his band, Mariachi performers, and dancers. For more information about this performance, call 760-775-5566 or go to www.spotlight29.co
Paquita la del Barrio ("Paquita from the hood") is a Grammy-nominated Mexican singer, songwriter, and actress who performs in the rancheras and other Mexican genres. She started her career in Mexico City in 1970 performing at a local restaurant. She quickly developed an avid following and soon performed on a Televisa show, which increased her popularity. Her songs usually take a stance against Mexico's sexist male culture, making her very popular with female audiences.
Her album “Romeo Y Su Nieta” earned her a nomination for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards in 2013 under Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano). She was honored with the lifetime achievement prize at the 2016 Premio lo Nuestro awards. She has inspired a television series on Univision. The series, “Paquita la del Barrio,” follows the fictional life story behind the Mexican singer. Paquita stated that it was difficult to watch a story of her life, but was pleased that her story was being told.
She is known for interpreting ranchero songs with suggestive titles, which have been classified in the genre "hard and against them" because they are directed at men.