Venue: The Grand Ballroom
129 East Fremont
Las Vegas, NV
Show Dates: December 8, 2013 - December 9, 2013
Show Times: 10pm
Age Restriction: 4
$53.90 - $163.90
As one of country music's most adventurous artists, Dwight Yoakam has managed to combine the elements of rock, punk, honky-tonk and mainstream country, and in the process won a wide fan base.
Yoakam has been a fan of country music since the age of 6, when he learned to play the guitar. He played with a variety of bands in high school, later moving to Nashville in the late '70s to pursue a recording contract. There he met guitarist Pete Anderson, and the duo headed to Los Angeles.
Playing the same nightclubs as punk rockers the Dead Kennedys, Butthole Surfers and Los Lobos, Yoakam was a hit with the college crowd. His single "A Town South of Bakersfield" received heavy airplay on college and alternative radio stations. In 1986, his "Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc.," was an immediate success and went platinum.
"Hillbilly Deluxe," Yoakam's 1987 follow-up, was equally successful, with the tracks "Little Sister," "Little Ways," "Please, Please Baby" and "Always Late with Your Kisses" becoming Top 10 hits. His third album, 1988's "Buenos Noches from a Lonely Room," continued his streak of hits.
Although Yoakam continued to put out albums, his success leveled off until his rendition of Queen's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" in 1999 became his biggest hit in years.
The following year, Yoakam released two albums, "dwightyoakamacoustic.net" and "Tomorrow's Sounds Today." "Sounds of Heaven, West of Hell," the soundtrack for the film of the same name that he wrote and directed, followed in 2001.
"Population Me," was released in 2003. That same year, Yoakam put out "In Others' Words," which featured 10 tracks from various tribute albums and soundtracks he has appeared on.
The year 2004 saw the release of "Dwight's Used Records." Yoakam then self-produced and released "Blame the Vain" in 2005.
In 2012, Yoakam released “3 Pears,” which peaked at No. 18 on the Billboard 200 album chart.
None other than the late Johnny Cash named Yoakam as his favorite singer during an appearance on "Larry King Live."