Cloaked in denim and capped in a low-tilted Stetson, Dwight Yoakam took his howling, honky-tonkin’, hip-shaking talents to Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium last night (Sept. 3) for the first of his back-to-back sold-out performances. And he did not disappoint. Playing more than 30 selections from his vast catalogue, Dwight mowed through his two-plus-hour performance, changing guitars after nearly every song and boot-scooting around the stage with the energy of a man half his 58 years.
Dwight opened the show with “Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (and Loud, Loud Music)” before tackling a number of other selections, including his 1988 Billboard No. 1, “Streets of Bakersfield,” his 1994 Grammy-winning “Ain’t That Lonely Yet,” Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire,” which Dwight recorded on his debut album, Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc,. Etc., and a bevy of songs from his 2015 album, Second Hand Heart, including “In Another World,” “Dreams of Clay” and “Liar.”
The honky-tonk hero closed the show with his 1993 hit, “Fast as You,” before the crowd implored him for an encore, which Dwight obliged by returning to the stage for a karate-kicking rendition of Elvis Presley’s “Suspicious Minds,” which Dwight covered on the 1992 soundtrack for Honeymoon in Vegas.
Put on your skin-tight jeans and strap on your boots, Dwight is back in action at the Ryman tonight (Sept. 4) for another sold-out show.
photos by Jim Casey