“A Thousand Miles From Nowhere”
Written by Dwight Yoakam
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
September 3, 1993
Dwight Yoakam earns his final No. 1 hit to date.
The Road to No. 1
This Time launched with the Grammy-winning No. 1 single, “Ain’t That Lonely Yet.” Its b-side was sent to radio next, and it repeated its chart-topping success.
The No. 1
Dwight Yoakam at his very best.
“A Thousand Miles From Nowhere” is eloquent in its heartache, with a literate and sophisticated lyric that is delivered with forlorn sincerity.
And if the songwriting proves his intellectual bona fides, then the song works even better as evidence of his singing. Only an all time great could express so much emotion by simply repeating “Oh, I” three times as Yoakam does in the bridge.
If it isn’t the best single of his career, it’s part of that conversation.
Can we get him in the Hall of Fame already?
The Road From No. 1
This Time produced Yoakam’s final top ten hit, “Fast as You,” as well as two more top thirty singles. Yoakam’s next studio set, Nothing, went gold and produced a solitary top twenty hit with its title track. Yoakam’s last major hit was “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” which powered its accompanying hits collection, Last Chance For a Thousand Years, to gold status.
Yoakam earned renown for his acting as the nineties progressed, and his music went on the back burner for many years. However, his enduring legacy was reflected in his first full career retrospective, The Very Best of Dwight Yoakam, which was released quietly in 2004 but has since been certified platinum.
Most recently, Yoakam was featured in the PBS Country Music documentary. His last three releases have charted in the top ten of the Billboard country albums chart, and he continues to be a draw on the road.
“A Thousand Miles From Nowhere” gets an A.
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