‘Guitars, Cadillacs and Hillbilly Music’ Coming to Crockett

By Sarah Naron

Messenger Reporter

CROCKETT – It may be a long way from the “Streets of Bakersfield,” but the J.B. and Kathryn Sallas Amphitheater in downtown Crockett is the place to be Thursday, June 21 as the Piney Woods Fine Arts Association’s Summer Lightnin’ June Tunes by the Tracks Tribute Series rocks on with Local Yoakam.

As the Lone Star State’s only Dwight Yoakam tribute/cover band, the Dallas-based ensemble dedicates itself to not only revamping Dwight Yoakam hits such as “A Thousand Miles From Nowhere” and “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” but also pays homage to many of the artists who influenced Yaokam.

“Those who don’t know, Dwight cut his teeth through the LA punk scene, as opposed to Nashville,” explains the tribute band’s website. “He opened up for many punk rock bands in the ’80s, and it’s there he garnered respect and notoriety.”

The website goes on to acknowledge that “you don’t find many people who don’t like Dwight” and as a result, “this is why Local Yoakam has been able to keep the attention of many local venues.”

Founded by frontman Rodney Smith, Local Yoakam is comprised of “a group of musicians whose experience has shared the stage with such greats as George Strait, Ray Price, Texas Tornadoes and more.” Smith himself has been hailed by reverbnation.com as the top Americana recording artist in the Dallas area.

All shows included in the 2018 Summer Lightnin’ series are presented to the public free of charge and receive partial funding from the Texas Commission on the Arts and are sponsored by Coca-Cola. The concerts are presented by the PWFAA in association with the ‘Houston County Courier,’ KIVY/KMVL, KTRE, KYYK 98.3, ‘The Messenger’ and ‘Texas Farm and Home.’

The J.B. and Kathryn Sallas Amphitheater is located next to the Houston County Museum Railroad Depot at 303 S. 1st St. in Crockett.

For more information on this or other PWFAA events, visit www.pwfaa.org or “like” the organization on Facebook.

Sarah Naron may be reached via email at snaron@messenger-news.com.