For folks who think country music has nothing to offer anymore besides Garth's ten gallon Billy Joel songs and Shania's Nashville AOR, Dwight Yoakam will provide an oasis of authentic Bakersfield honk. His unorthodox approach to Bud-swilling Honky Tonk has been a favorite among Nashville outsiders for years. Occasional chart success has proven Yoakam's ability to write pop country, but the majority of his material is an uncompromising blend of old and new, with a pointed disregard for strict country tradition. With a voice echoing primary influences Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, Yoakam injects his neo-traditional music with a rock 'n' roll punch that doesn't sacrifice anything as far as pure country credibility is concerned. Expect to hear sad 'n' lonely drinkers, fast car epics and desolate cowboy songs that begin in traditional country territory but exhibit an uncommonly accurate familiarity with the rock vocabulary.