DWIGHT YOAKAM AND GUEST LEE ANN WOMACK ANNOUNCED FOR BATTERY PARK’S 2016 CONCERT SERIES
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (March 21, 2016) – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City has announced another concert for the 2016 Battery Park concert series. Country music legend Dwight Yoakam, with award-winning guest Lee Ann Womack, will play the outdoor venue on Saturday, August 13, 2016.
Yoakam is known for his approach to traditional honky tonk country during the 80’s and 90’s. Hits like “Honky Tonk Man,” “Guitars Cadillacs,” and more than 30 other singles on the Billboard charts helped him sell 25 million records and make his mark on country music. Throughout his impressive music career Yoakam has earned two ACM awards, one CMA award, and two Grammy awards.
Yoakam will be performing with the “I Hope You Dance” and “The Way I’m Livin’” artist, Lee Ann Womack. Womack had received seven CMA awards, five ACM awards, and one Grammy award. She was nominated twice at the 2016 Grammy Awards for Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song.
Dwight Yoakam and Lee Ann Womack are the third performance announced for the 2016 Battery Park concert series. Previous artists revealed include country star Jake Owen and classic rock legend Boston. Impending rock ‘n’ roll hall of fame inductees, Cheap Trick featuring Edgar Winter, in addition to bands In This Moment & Pop Evil, will also perform in the outdoor venue for the Awesome Biker Nights rally this summer.
The outdoor concert series, which debuted mid-2015 in the renovated Battery Park venue, brought more than 25,000 people to concerts throughout the summer. Additional acts for the 2016 Battery Park Concert Series will be announced at a later date.
The date of Dwight Yoakam’s performance is as follows:
Dwight Yoakam w/guest Lee Ann Womack / Saturday, August 13, 2016
General tickets for Dwight Yoakam will go on sale on Friday, March 25, 2016 at 10:00 a.m., and can be purchased online here and at the Rock Shop.
“In another time and place,” sings Dwight Yoakam on the buoyant “In Another World,” the opening track on his new album Second Hand Heart. This brilliant new album takes the pioneering honky-tonker back to Warner Bros./Reprise, where he began his major-label recording career thirty years ago. Yoakam’s distinctive, supple vocals, accented with his Kentucky croon, sound as strong today as they did on his debut, 1985’s Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc. Etc. Its release immediately yielded hit singles, and over the course of some 21 albums – totaling more than 25 million in sales worldwide – Yoakam has continued to passionately sing, write, and play music brimming with hard country and rock & roll. Second Hand Heart was self-produced by Yoakam, and reflects where he’s been, but even more so, where he’s going: “’In Another World’ guided the rest of the album,” says Yoakam. “It became its statement – about surviving and hope.”
“When you’re around Dwight, you get this sense of urgency,” explains Warner Bros. VP of A&R Lenny Waronker, executive producer of Second Hand Heart. “He’s like somebody who’s just starting his career – almost like this is his first record. He’s on ‘rewind’ in a way. There’s a certain kind of energy, power, that makes it sound so youthful. It’s very unique. A lot of it goes back to his main strengths: his vocal, which is unchanged, and his songwriting. Plus, the power of the guitar playing and the power of the songs add up to a really wonderful record.”
“Dwight wears so many hats but doesn’t get in his own way,” Waronker points out. “It’s hard to write the song, perform the song, play the song, and produce it. He’s a great guitar player and comes up with riffs that make a song. And you can tell he’s having fun doing this.”
Lee Ann Womack
In a world of faster, harder, louder, Lee Ann Womack wants something far more radical: to be real. Strip it all away – get to the core of life, love, and raw emotion – and you find songs that distill it all to the stopping power of a hollow point bullet.
“It just seems like music when it is most powerful hits you right between the eyes,” says the Grammy-winning vocalist who has been singled out for “the clarity of a soul that realizes loss is a form of purification, a scraping away of false ideals and excess emotional baggage” by TIME Magazine. “Some of these songs are hard truths, tough moments, places you’d rather not be, but you know, life takes you to those places sometimes.”