In the mid-1980s, country music was floundering in the dross of the Urban Cowboy phase. With the release of Dwight Yoakam’s masterful 1985 debut, “Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc. Etc.,” country took a welcomed turn toward cool. With a style grounded in Kentucky bluegrass and Buck Owens’ Bakersfield, Yoakam rocked Nashville with radio-friendly hits such as “I Sang Dixie,” “Ain’t That Lonely Yet,” and “Streets of Bakersfield,” and garnered a roomful of Grammy awards. Yoakam has also appeared in movies (notably, “Sling Blade”) and on television. His latest CD, “Second Hand Heart,” proves that Yoakam hasn’t lost a beat and still sizzles with the fire that ignited country’s innovative New Traditionalist Movement.
On Saturday, Yoakam brings his honky-tonk music and country hits to the Hopscotch Music Festival’s Main Stage in Raleigh’s City Plaza. Get more info at hopscotchmusicfest.com.
- Friday night, the Leroy Savage Group will pick bluegrass at the Chatham County Fairgrounds. Details at chathamcountyncfair.com.
- Saturday, the city of Sanford hosts the first Sounds on Steele Festival. Musical acts include the Rodney Dillard Band, Bluegrass Experience, and others. Info at facebook.com/SoundsOnSteele.
- The Grass Cats will pick and sing their bluegrass hits at Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary on Wednesday. And Carolina Lightnin’ makes their regular 3rd Thursday appearance at the Blue Note Grill in Durham.