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Program 1308

1. Dwight Yoakam
2. retriever training at Lodi Kennels
3. Cars of Yesteryear
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Pike County

For more information:

DwightYoakam.com, the official fan site

Producer: Tom Thurman
Videographer: John Breslin
Audio: Brent Abshear
Editor: Jim Piston


Back Home Again

Dwight Yoakam

Dwight Yoakam has become a country music superstar without ever toeing the Nashville line. Growing up in Pike County and then in Ohio, he idolized Hank Williams and Buck Owens, and Yoakam’s own music owes much to the “Bakersfield sound” Owens pioneered. But even while remaining true to country’s roots, his recordings also reflect a desire to keep experimenting and an absolute refusal to be pinned down to one style. Yoakam has written everything from honky-tonk working-class anthems to a Western- and gospel-flavored movie soundtrack (for South of Heaven, West of Hell, a film he also directed), and his cover versions of other people’s songs always take a distinctive, even offbeat, approach.

He is also a talented actor. Since debuting on television in an episode of P.S. I Love You in the fall of 1991, Yoakam has appeared in numerous TV programs and films, including memorable turns in such movies as Sling Blade and Panic Room.

Another venture for the business-savvy Yoakam is a line of food products packaged under the Bakersfield Biscuits brand. These frozen versions of such Southern specialties as pork sausages and chicken rings were inspired by the singer’s memories of home cooking in Pikeville, where Dwight was born in 1956.

Those Kentucky roots are the focus of this Kentucky Life profile, which includes a rare interview with Dwight’s mother, Ruth Ann.

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McCracken County

For more information:
• Lodi Kennels, 10550 Childress Rd., West Paducah, KY 42086, (270) 488-3848

Producer, videographer, editor: Brandon Wickey
Audio: Charlie Bissell


Off to School

retriever training at Lodi Kennels

Canine co-host Charlie is in the spotlight in our next segment as he and host Dave Shuffett visit Lodi Kennels in West Paducah for some retriever classes.

On their 40-acre site just outside the city of Paducah, co-owners Sally and Lloyd Moore offer both indoor and outdoor training for dogs and their people. Courses include obedience classes for all breeds, plus specialized training for hunting dogs on waterfowl retrieval. Dave and his golden retriever take an obedience class, and Charlie gets a dip in the pond as he samples the retriever training.

Lodi Kennels also boards dogs—and cats, too.

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Hardin County

For more information: Swope’s Cars of Yesteryear Museum, 1100 N. Dixie Ave., Elizabethtown, KY 42701, (270) 765-2181

Producers: Treg Ward, Erin Lowry


Crazy for Cars

Swope’s Cars of Yesteryear Museum

Brothers Bill and Sam Swope opened their first car dealership in Elizabethtown in 1952. Today, the family operation has expanded into two companies that together operate more than 25 dealerships around the state, where you’ll find a wide selection of shiny new automobiles with all the latest gadgetry.

But back close to where it all began, you’ll find another piece of the Swope empire that celebrates the old. Swope’s Cars of Yesteryear Museum showcases dozens of vintage cars, from a 1910 runabout to a ’69 Camaro muscle car. Students of automotive history will find early examples of Fords, Cadillacs, and Chevrolets alongside cars from such gone-but-not-forgotten makers as Hupp and DeSoto. And car fanciers of any age are sure to discover something to swoon over, whether it’s a Depression-era Rolls-Royce Phantom or the classic ’56 T-bird.

The museum is open Monday through Saturday, and admission is free.

Watch This Story (5:43)




Ohio County

For more information:
• Fordsville Historical Society and Depot Museum, 32 Ridge Rd., Fordsville, KY 42343, (270) 276-5656


On Location

Fordsville Museum

Dave hosts this edition from the Fordsville Historical Society and Depot Museum in Ohio County. Built in 1916, the building served as a depot for the Louisville & Western Railway and then the Louisville & Nashville Railroad until 1942. Today, it houses railroad memorabilia as well as artifacts of rural Kentucky life in the early 20th century. Tours are by appointment.



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