Dwight Yoakam Recovering After Heat Exhaustion Incident at Railbird Festival

Yoakam’s team updated fans on his health emergency over the weekend.


Madeleine O’Connell

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June 3, 2024


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Dwight Yoakam; Photo by Emily Joyce

Dwight Yoakam’s team took to social media to share an update on the country singer’s health following a “quick spell of heat exhaustion” during his appearance at the Railbird Festival held in Lexington, KY from June 1-2, 2024. 

The post began by thanking festival attendees who braved the elements alongside Yoakam and the other artists throughout the weekend. It went on to explain that during his set on Sunday, June 2, Yoakum began to struggle on stage due to the “combination of heat and humidity,” but is now doing “absolutely fine.”

“Dwight would like to thank all the fans at Railbird for braving the elements with him this afternoon,” Team D wrote. “With the combination of heat and humidity, Dwight had a quick spell of heat exhaustion, but he is absolutely fine, and appreciates the fans singing along to help carry him through to the end of the set!”

“And thank you to the railbird staff and EMTs for the quick response and the all-clear,” the post concluded. 

Fans were quick to share their supper for the “Honky Tonk Man” singer and wished him a speedy recovery. 

“get better, Dwight💗💗💗,” said one user while another wrote, “Show must go on! Just another reason he’s a legend.”

Chris Stapleton And Noah Kahan Headlined Railbird Festival 2024

This year’s Railbird Festival returned to Red Mile with back-to-back nights of music, bourbon, and unforgettable experiences. Chris Stapleton and Noah Kahan were tapped to headline the star-studded lineup, which features over 30 acts that performed across three stages. 

Additional performers included Turnpike Troubadours, Wynonna Judd, Counting crows, Marcus King, Hozier, Elle King, Red Clay Strays, Hailey Whitters, Kip Moore, Brittney Spencer, and more. 

Dwight Yoakam; Photo by Connie Chronuk, ABC
Dwight Yoakam; Photo by Connie Chronuk, ABC

Yoakam To Continue On The Road With Shows Scheduled Through October

Dwight Yoakam is booked to play several other fairs and festivals throughout the summer and into the fall months, in addition to his live headline shows with The Mavericks. This trek launched on May 31 in Washington, DC and includes stops in cities such as Macon, GA, Charlotte, NC, Los Angeles, CA, Park City Kansas and more. 

To find out where Yoakam will be performing next, visit his official website HERE

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.