Country Star Dwight Yoakam Opens Belleayre Season

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Country/rock music star brings his high-energy show to the Catskill Mountains when he opens the Belleayre Music Festival season on Saturday, July 6.

Country star Dwight Yoakam kicks off the Belleayre Music Festival season in hard-charging fashion on Saturday, July 6.

Since exploding onto the scene with “Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc.,” Dwight has deftly blurred the line between country, rock, pop and soul, winning new fans with each critically-acclaimed release.

Dwight ( has amassed 12 gold albums and nine platinum or multi-platinum albums, including the triple-platinum “This Time.” Five of those albums have topped Billboard’s Country Albums chart with another 14 landing in the Top 10. More than 30 singles have charted, with 22 going Top 20, including the incomparable hits “Honky Tonk Man,” “Please, Please Baby,” “Little Ways,” “I Sang Dixie,” “It Only Hurts When I Cry,” “Fast as You” and “Thousand Miles from Nowhere.” He’s won two Grammys and earned a staggering 21 nominations.

Dwight traces the roots of his stardom to country music, but his insightful music generates broad appeal.

Well-known for his trademark pale cowboy hat with the brim pulled low, Dwight pens intricate, catchy melodies paired with poignant, brilliant lyrics that mesmerize with their indelible imprint.

His current release, “3 Pears,” finds Dwight exploring new ground and adding another chapter to his illustrious catalog.

But the music only tells part of the story. Over the last 15 years, Yoakam has carved out a niche as one of the top character actors on film. Starting with a role as a truck driver in John Dahl’s spicy film noir “Red Rock West” in 1992, Dwight was an instantly mesmerizing presence on the big screen.

However, nothing prepared viewers for his riveting appearance as the malevolent Doyle Hargraves in the Academy Award-winning film “Sling Blade.” And he proved comedically adept in “Wedding Crashers.”

Upcoming shows
Up next on Saturday, July 13 will be the Manhattan Transfer. The music shifts to the ultimate in classic rock when the legendary Doobie Brothers hit the stage with their hit-filled show on Saturday, July 20.

The Belleayre Festival Opera presents Bizet’s “Carmen” on Satuday, July 27. The Catskill Mountain Jazz Series will span five extraordinary performances. On Thursday, Aug. 1, the series opens with the Sammy Figueroa Latin Dance Explosion in the Jazz Club. The phenonmenal Pedrito Martinez Havana Quartet will light up the Jazz Club on Friday, Aug. 2. The Paquito D’Rivera and the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band performs on August 3. Keyboard wizard Bill Charlap will play the Jazz Club with his trio on Friday, Aug. 9. Next up on Saturday, Aug. 10 is Kenny Barron’s All-Star Quintet.

It’s Broadway at Belleayre on Saturday, Aug. 17 when song-and-dance legend Ben Vereen takes the stage.

The festival presents Comedy in the Catskills II with Harrison Greenbaum performing on Friday, Aug. 23. Veteran funny woman Rita Rudner headlines on Saturday, Aug. 24.

The season closes in theatrical rock style with The Music of Pink Floyd on Saturday, Aug. 31.

All shows begin at 8 p.m. Tickets for all shows are on sale via Ticketmaster. For additional information, please call 800 942-6904, ext. 1344, visit:

For information on where to stay, dine, shop or to simply enjoy the great outdoors when you¹re in town for the Belleayre Music Festival, please visit:, or Belleayre Music Festival concerts are held on the grounds of Belleayre Mountain in Highmount.

Belleayre Mountain is located in the heart of New York’s Catskill Mountain region, and is operated by the Olmpic Regional Development Authority. The ski resort is located just off Route 28 and is 37 miles west of Thruway Exit 19 at Kingston; 55 miles southeast of Oneonta on Route 28; 40 miles from the Route 17 exit at Roscoe; and 95 miles southwest of Albany and just two hours north of NYC.

Belleayre Music Festival
Belleayre Mountain Ski Center • Route 28, Highmount
Catskill Mountain High Peaks
PO Box 198, Highmount, NY 12441 • (800) 942-6904, ext. 1344 • belleayremusicfestival(at)gmail(dot)com

Note: To download hi-resolution photos of any of our artists, please visit:

Media: To arrange an interview with Dwight, please contact:
Alicia Brown 323.874.6464 and etcetc(at)viaentertainment(dot)net and Nikki Herceg at 615.214.1446 nikki(dot)herceg(at)wmg(dot)com

Press contact: Brian Sweeney, Marketing Director
Locust Grove Enterprises
Ph: (845) 586-4655 • E-mail: locustgrove(at)catskill(dot)net

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