Dwight Yoakam needed help to get to the end of his set at Railbird Festival in Kentucky last weekend.

The country singer shared an update with fans on Sunday (June 2) evening after festival staff and emergency crews were called to assist.

  • Noah Kahan and Chris Stapleton were headliners at the two-day Railbird Festival in Lexington, Ky.
  • Yoakam was listed fourth on Sunday's lineup.
  • His next show is on June 13.

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The Lexington Herald Leader shares that Yoakam left the stage shortly after beginning. He was able to return a few minutes later, telling fans he thought he was going to pass out.

Two songs later, Yoakam left for good, shortening his set by about 10 minutes. An update on social media blamed the heat and humidity.

After thanking fans for coming to see him, he said he had a "quick spell of heat exhaustion" but is doing fine. The 67-year-old "appreciates the fans singing along to help carry him through to the end of his set."

The Herald Leader notes that Sunday's (June 2) weather was unseasonably cool with a steady drizzle and periods of heavy rain.

"Thank you to the Railbird staff and EMTs for the quick response and the all clear," a note from his team ends.

Billy Dukes is a Senior Editor and Executive Producer of Video Content at Taste of Country. He specializes in country music interviews, trend analysis and the Secret History of Country Music. Additionally, Billy covers Yellowstone, 1923 and related television shows through the Dutton Rules podcast. To date, he's written more than 13,000 articles for Taste of Country and produced over 3,000 videos for the Taste of Country YouTube channel.

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