Dwight Yoakam brings Bakersfield Sound to Foxwoods Sunday

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In a way, Dwight Yoakam's entire career has been a tribute to that raw and brilliant brand of country music known as The Bakersfield Sound. Of late, though, he's formalized that motif with a series of shows called "An Evening with Dwight Yoakam & the Bakersfield Beat."

It's a pretty winning concept.

The first part of the show is a chronological musical journey featuring seminal work by artists who shaped the sound — from Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley to hometown boys like Merle Haggard and Buck Owens.

Then, the back half of the show is a retrospective of Yoakam's own material, which in astounding fashion demonstrates how well he not only learned the nuances of the form but also expanded and further developed it.

In case California burns down, at least we know Yoakam has preserved a small slice of important real estate.

Dwight Yoakam, 8 p.m. Sunday, Fox Theater, Foxwoods; $55-$70; 1-800-200-2882.

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