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Dwight Yoakam playing Paso Robles Aug. 24 

The multi-talented musician & actor, Dwight Yoakam will perform at the Vina Robles Amphitheatre on August 24 at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale this Saturday.

Dwight Yoakam

Dwight Yoakam

Few entertainers have attained the iconic status of Dwight Yoakam. Perhaps that is because so few have consistently and repeatedly met the high standard of excellence delivered by the Kentucky native no matter what his endeavor.

Yoakam’s latest Warner Bros. album, 3 Pears, exemplifies his ability to incorporate multiple, competing influences into a piece of cohesive art. It balances his country core with a fiercely independent embrace of rock, Americana, pop and soul. It blends Yoakam’s respect for his musical predecessors with the collaborative assistance of modern singer/songwriter Beck, who co-produced two tracks, and current rocker Kid Rock, who co-wrote the hooky opener, “Take Hold of My Hand.” But most importantly, 3 Pears builds on his trademark edginess with a notable, growing positivity. Produced by Yoakam, the album demonstrates that spirit, coalescing around buzzing guitars and vulnerable ballads as he explores the emotional extremes of his musical persona, all delivered with a revealing honesty.

Yoakam has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide, placing him in an elite cadre of global superstars. Yet the sales have never come at the expense of his musical integrity. Whether singing about the twisted wreckage of romance, the broken dreams of this hard life, or the burgeoning optimism that marks 3 Pears, Yoakam brings a knowing, glorious edge to his delivery and stands, in a world of artifice and flash, as a beacon of authenticity.

He has 12 gold albums and nine platinum or multi-platinum albums, including the triple-platinum This Time. Five of those albums have topped Billboard’s Country Albums chart with another 14 landing in the Top 10. More than 30 singles have charted, with 22 going Top 20, including the incomparable hits “Honky Tonk Man,” “Please, Please Baby,” “Little Ways,” “I Sang Dixie,” “It Only Hurts When I Cry,” “Fast as You” and “A Thousand Miles from Nowhere.” He is a 21-time nominated, multiple Grammy Award winner.

But the music only tells part of the story. Over the last 15 years, Yoakam has carved out a niche as one of the top character actors on film as well with performances in Red Rock West, the Academy Award-winning film Sling Blade, Panic Room, Cannes Film Festival award-winning The Three Burials of Melquiades, Four Christmases, Crank and Crank 2: High Voltage and Wedding
Crashers.

Tickets range from $45.00 to $80.00, plus applicable service charges. The Vina Robles Amphitheatre is located at 3800 Mill Rd, Paso Robles, CA 93446, (805) 286-3680.

Additional shows scheduled for Vina Robles include:

7/12 – Kenny Loggins and Blue Sky Riders
8/9 – Tedeschi Trucks Band with special guest Jackie Greene
8/10 – Dirty Heads and Pepper with special guest Aer
8/13 – Under The Sun Tour Feat: Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth, Blues Traveler & Uncle Kracker
9/13 – Jennifer Nettles
9/14 – An Evening with Chicago
9/21 – Jeff Dunham – Disorderly Conduct Tour
9/30 – An Evening with Crosby, Stills and Nash

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