When: Sat., Sept. 30, 9 p.m. 2017
“Well I’m back again for another night of trying to break free from this sadness that I can’t lay to rest,” Dwight Yoakam croons on his the track “Turn It On, Turn It Up, Turn Me Loose” from his 1990 album If There Was A Way. “This old honky-tonk sure does feel like home and the music with the laughter seem to soothe my loneliness.” During an era of Nashville focusing on pop-country (are they ever not, though?), Yoakam’s raw lyricism and honky-tonk style weren’t exactly received with open arms. It’s what made him move out to California where he started gaining traction playing his unique sound of country music in rock and punk rock clubs in the late 1970s. With several Grammys, a few top Billboard hits, and countless other awards, Yoakam is revered as one of the most innovative songwriters of all time, proving, once again, that marching to the beat of your own drum (or slide guitar) pays off in the end. If you’re not a huge country fan, Yoakam’s a great introduction to the good shit.