Music Director Sues Dwight Yoakam
Dwight Yoakam and his company Dwight Yoakam Tours Inc. have been sued by the country singer's longtime music director, guitarist and producer Pete Anderson.Dwight Yoakam and his company Dwight Yoakam Tours Inc. have been sued by the country singer's longtime music director, guitarist and producer Pete Anderson. The action alleges that Yoakam breached an oral contract by failing to perform some 2002 tour dates.
According to the suit, filed Tuesday (Aug. 31) in California Superior Court in L.A., Anderson and Yoakam met in 1983, beginning one of the most successful collaborations in country music. Anderson cut 16 records with Yoakam, 10 of which achieved gold or platinum status.
Anderson claims that between 1990 and 2003, under an oral agreement with Yoakam, he assembled and rehearsed the singer's touring band, prepared the group's arrangements and led the band onstage.
He alleges that Yoakam secured his services for a summer 2002 U.S. tour, but failed to perform any dates in October of that year in order to work on a film. Anderson estimates that as a result of Yoakam's refusal to perform, he lost at least $44,285 in salary; $1,085 in per diem expenses; and the 25% of the net proceeds he was promised from the tour.
Anderson seeks damages in an amount to be determined and an accounting. A call to Yoakam's L.A. office was not returned.