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Dwight Yoakam

Charles Sykes, Associated Press

Pop music spotlight: Dwight Yoakam

  • Article by: JON BREAM
  • Star Tribune
  • January 5, 2013 - 3:33 PM

DWIGHT YOAKAM

Friday: Always a Nashville outsider, he has captured only one Grammy and no prizes from any of the major country award organizations. But this proud purveyor of Bakersfield country music has scored 14 Top 10 country singles, sold more than 25 million albums and won the hearts of many fans with his honky-tonk tales, edgy big-screen acting and sexy dancing legs in concert. Yoakam's 2012 album, "3 Pears" -- his first collection of original material in seven years -- was one of the best country albums of last year. With a 1960s vibe permeating the collection, there are introspective ballads (the Buddy Holly-meets-Roy Orbison "Trying"), honky-tonk romps ("Dim Lights, Thick Smoke"), twangy Beatlesy pop ("Take Hold of My Hand") and Byrds-like pop-rock ("Nothin' But Love," "A Heart Like Mine," produced by Beck). There are several strong candidates to add to Yoakam's already sterling repertoire. (8 p.m. Fri. $38-$48. Treasure Island Casino, Red Wing, Minn. 1-877-849-1640.)

 

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