Honky Tonk pioneer Dwight Yoakam comes through Orange County while on tour supporting his new, Americana Chart-dominating album 3 Pears. But back in the late '70s, Nashville just didn't know what to think of Yoakam's honky hillbilly music, so he headed out west to Los Angeles, where he found a home amongst the rock and punk crowds. A groundbreaking sound was born and the first country music video ever was played on MTV. Even if you don't like country, you'll like Dwight. The ultimate validation? None other than Johnny Cash said Yoakam was his favorite singer. Check him out as he storms into the City National Grove—and don't forget to wear those shit-kicker boots.
Thu., Dec. 13, 8 p.m., 2012