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Dwight Yoakam  - Dwight Yoakam is one of the most striking country artists -- both in voice and looks, he of the stovepipe jeans and the over-the-eyes ten-gallon hat -- of the last three decades. And one of the most adventurous (a cover of The Clash's "Train in Vain" with Ralph Stanley; covers of the Grateful Dead's "Truckin'" and Prince's "Purple Rain"), incorporating rock, soul and bluegrass into his hillbilly and honky tonk. A Kentucky native who moved to Los Angeles in 1977, Yoakam came up not through country circles, but the L.A. punk scene that spawned X and The Blasters, among others. He took the country and rock worlds by storm with his 1986 debut album, "Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc. Etc.," and his cover of Johnny Horton's "Honky Tonk Man," and in the process brought new life to the hard-edged Bakersfield Sound hallmarked by Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. (Yoakam and Owens became great friends and collaborated on the 1988 hit "Streets of Bakersfield.") Yoakam has released 19 studio albums to date, the latest being "Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars ..." in 2016. He's also made a name as an actor on screens big and smallish -- most notably as Doyle, the abusive boyfriend, in "Sling Blade," and a homicidal maniac in "Panic Room," and on TV in shows from "King of the Hill" to "Under the Dome," and most recently the Amazon series "Goliath" with Billy Bob Thornton.
At Eagle Mountain Casino, Porterville, CA
Fri 10/29/21 at 8pm
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Randall King  - With a sound rooted in tradition and songwriting that showcases honesty, conviction and authenticity, King connects with fans on all emotional levels. “Randall King has a great voice that sounds classic, yet is fresh and as a songwriter he actually has something to say – be it something that touches your heart or something simple and fun that makes you wanna get out and raise some hell.” said multi-award-winning and critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Anthony Smith (co-writer of “Run” & “Cowboys Like Us” by George Strait). Unlike the west Texas wind, King is a grounded and talented singer-songwriter who is sure to stay. “There’s a lot of people that want country music to come back around, and there’s a lot of people that will say you have to sell out and play radio hits to make it. I think for me I want to make my stamp as an artist with this record, that I can be me and still make an impact across the country.
At Strummer's, Fresno, CA
Thu 11/11/21 at 8pm
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