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Dwight Yoakam

When: Wed., Dec. 10, 10 p.m. 2014




Since its Buck Owens heyday, honky-tonk music and Bakersfield country have enjoyed no better advocate than Dwight Yoakam. While Nashville went Urban Country in its perennial push toward the pop charts, Yoakam returned to country's classic late-'50s sound, helping instigate the neo-traditionalist movement. He started by playing underground rock clubs alongside X, Los Lobos and the Blasters, but his mid-'80s emergence briefly broke open the corporate country clamshell, allowing Lyle Lovett and Nanci Griffith a few moments of commercial airtime, too. Though he's never been a stylistic gadfly like Lovett, Yoakam has colored his twangy roots-rock with plenty of pop and soul elements. His voice's rugged serenity butters his hard-bitten stories, whether there's a "Long Way to Go" or "Nothing But Love." Both of those tunes come from 2012's 3 Pears, a broad, winsome album that synthesized his love of country and broader influences for his first original material since 2005. 8 p.m., $47–$112, 309 W. Morgan St., Durham, 919-560-3030, carolinatheatre.org. —Chris Parker

Price: $47-$112

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