The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 1, 1998 · Page 27
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 27

Salina, Kansas
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Wednesday, April 1, 1998
Page 27
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Wednesday, April 1,1998 MUSiC man Dwight Yoakam has always had his music By LUAINE tee Scrtppi Howard New; Sefvttb BEVERLY HILLS — There's no twattg in his voice, no dust on hi6 boots and Dwight Yoakam probably never mucked out a stable. But he's been able to beguile the country, music establishment with his retro-rocking tunes and win legions of fans in the process. It may have been a surprise to most when Yoakam dished up a hearty acting performance as the bully in "Sling Blade." But he's acting again as the crafty demolition expert in "The Newton Boys," proving there's a lot more to him than guitars, Cadillacs and hill : billy music. Though he was born in Kentucky and reared in Ohio, he's lived in Los Angeles for 21 years. Discovering Dwight Yoakam the actor is no revelation to him. "I intended to stay a couple of years and see what 'Was going on and see, if I could make inroads," he says. "I did a play at, the Long Beach Playhouse which didn't garner much interest. I realized at that point 1 didn't control my own destiny with acting like I would With something I fortunately had as an additional aVentld,of performance -r which was imusic."; f V ';", v/'vi ' t -M* i As a kid he'd performed in school plays and did summer stock in high school;, But the music .was always with himl "I've never NOT been interested in music," he says. ' "I know I began to have an interest in acting from Christmas plays and almost trite experiences in acting. But music was just there. I remember my family sitting: around singing at the Philco phonograph. I remember singing 'Send Me the Pillow (You Dream On)' with my mother and my aunt on a Saturday night in a room; my earliest memory of singing," he says. Like everyone else, Yoakam struggled before he wangled his, "Honky Tonk Man," 12 years Y. Fiiepndto Dwlflht Yoakam, who hit It big In country music 12 years ago with •Guitars, Cadillacs and Hillbilly Music,- plays the role of a demolition expert In the upcoming movie,'The Newton Boys." , ', „','„• ; "Uncertainty was probably one of the things thaj.troubled me most in my life," he says, "hot to be able to know that what I instinctively felt was in reality going to come to pass. And what I would be able to do would*bec6me my reality and a real- ity for those around me. That's a very solitary place to be," he shakes his balding head,. Yoakam uses the word "solitary" often. It's the environment conducive to songwriting, and (one suspects), to bouts of introspection. Sometimes the words come first, sometimes the melody, he says. For his newest album, "A Long Way Home," due in June, he capitalized on the time off-from shooting "The Newton Boys." He'd planned on working constantly, but found himself with two free days a week., "I was alone in a hotel room in Austin, Texas. The title track, 'A Long Way Home,' I'd written the first verse and wrote the second and third verse when I went to Austin," he says. "I was in the environment that was solitary enough that I was able to hear the songs and sounds that are there to be heard." He's heard those sounds ever since he found himself the oldest of three kids with a father who left what would've been a career in the Army to give his family a better life. "I came from an environment and the possibility of a very tough life," he says, "but because of the personal struggle of my parents I was afforded „>(,',' ' the opportunity to at least see light through the trees and a pathway out of that forest — by that. I mean mining coal. " ", , "The^ moved us up to Ohio and both worked very diligently and hard. They were both very decent and; moral people and neither malicious in any way, certainly human and capable of inadequacy. My father lives in Louisville and Mother in Columbus." His dad tried a variety of jobs. "He owned a Texaco station at one point; one of the tragic undertakings 'of entrepreneurially inclined mechanics throughout the world," he smiles. Yoakam insists he doesn't think about the difficult times in his life, although he does confess, "There .were some incidents that occurred with me the first couple of years here, personal things that really caused me to cut the line and run. But I had to summon up whatever had driven me to that point in my life and stand stalwart and go on, not retreat and not cut and run. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." He won't say what those incidents were, only "some disappointment with some people." He has never married. Bob's back Urich gets new TV series HOLLAND, Mich. — Robert Urich is back on track and looking forward to the debut of a TV series and his third child. Urich, 51, said he celebrated his first anniversary of being cancer-free this month. "I really recommend this. We need to, celebrate life," he said. After chemotherapy, two operations and radiation treatment, he said he's healthy and looking forward to a big April. Urich's wife of 25 years, Heather Menzies, is due in three weeks, and "The Love Boat: The Next Wave" premieres April 13. He stars as a former Navy captain running a cruise ship. It ain't Antonio Playgirl sued over nude LOS ANGELES — A photography company specializing in nude men settled its copyright Infringement lawsuit against Playgirl for running its picture of an Antonio Banderas look-alike. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.. Jim French, who owns Colt Inc., sued the magazine because the fake Banderas shot had previously appeared in a Colt calendar in 1994. The picture ran in Playgirl's February 1997 issue with the caption: "This photo was taken off the Internet. Supposedly it is Antonio Banderas. You, the reader, be the judge." Rockin' for Willie Girls go gaga over Prince VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Making a rare public appearance, Prince William got a rock-star welcome from about 200 screaming fans. The 15-year-old prince; his father, Prince Charles; and his brother, Prince Harry, 13, planned several public events around Vancouver before heading to the Whistler ski resort for a private vacation. William, who is second in line to the British throne behind his father, has been compared in the local press Leonardo DiCaprio. William did his best to ignore the young girls and the blinding light from an army of interna-^ tional photographers. . '. to movie star Let Connection Line Look for Connection Line, an all new voice personals service, coming soon to The Salina Journal. 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