In recognition of Dwight Yoakam's upcoming visit to Benaroya Hall, we thought we'd assemble a few reasons why you should go. I mean, come on, Seattle! You try to hide it with your hipster ways, but you know love your mainstream country! Here are four good reasons to get you off that bar stool slugging PBRs and down to Benaroya for a good ol' time.
1. That's right. Seattle loves its mainstream country. And though Dwight Yoakam is a household name, he isn't country the way folks like good ol' boy David Allen Coe or easy-listening Randy Travis are country. To quote Blake Shelton, after viewing Gracia Harrison's yodel-tastic performance of Patsy Montana's "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart" Monday night on The Voice, "You can't fake your way through that song. Country radio is full of artists who can't do what you just did." With his own style, original songs, and luscious twang, he coulda been talking about Dwight.
2. Remember what happened last year when a certain alt-country star--Cryin' Ryan Adams--visited the symphony hall? Well, don't expect anything like that--Yoakam's authentic showmanship is a great reason to go. The jeans, the boots, the hat, the hits: Yoakam is the full package, and he's got the moves, the tunes, and the band to prove it (and I caught the cavalcade firsthand last year here in my review of his show at Snoqualimie Casino).
EKT's boots were made for walking--and for line dancing.
3.You've got a pair of cowboy boots. Even country-indifferent Erin Thompson has a pair. So wear 'em--and wear them in good, heel-kicking company.
4.He's got this new album coming out on the 18th, 3 Pears. Oh yeah, and two of the tracks on it--"A Heart Like Mine" and "Missing Heart"--were co-produced by Beck. Yeah, that Beck. Country Time's Mike Seely calls the collaboration: "Rock solid."