Band: Dwight Yoakam
Date: Friday, Aug. 5, at 8 p.m.
Venue: IP Casino, Resort and Spa, 850 Bayview Ave. (Biloxi), www.ipbiloxi.com
Tickets: $40-$60, available through Ticketmaster
Many modern alt. country acts have made it their mission to bring back the musical ideologies that made classic country so great. Twenty years ago, Dwight Yoakam had the same idea. Yoakam entered the mainstream with a classic honky-tonk style that was rare for the time. Found on his debut album, “Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc.,” the single “Guitars, Cadillacs” was a hit with country fans and beyond. His covers on this album introduced a new generation to the music of George Jones and Johnny Horton.
Since then, Yoakam has won numerous awards — Grammys, CMAs, ACMs — and released 14 studio albums, most recently “Second Hand Heart.” This album is a beautiful testament to modern alt. country. While the honky-tonk still echoes through each song, the album is dominated by an edgy style of country that skillfully avoids crossing the line into the world of rock. Yoakam nods his head to old-school country with “The Big Time” and “Off Your Mind,” but does an excellent cover of “Man of Constant Sorrow.”