Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Las Vegas Concert Photography: Dwight Yoakam

One of the things I love about concert photography is that regardless of the genre of music, if an artist is good on stage—good vocals, good interaction with the fans, a true musician—they're going to take someone who may not be a fan (not to be taken with a negative connotation) and give them a very enjoyable time.  Such was the case with me last night when I had the opportunity to photograph Dwight Yoakam when he took the stage at the Las Vegas Hilton.

Dwight has been around in the country music scene for a very long time.  The one song of his that I know which, for some strange reason, I've always remembered is off his 1990 album "If There Was a Way" called "Turn It On, Turn It Up, Turn Me Loose."  Why I know that song, I have no clue.  I grew up in a smaller Florida city where country music was pretty popular so maybe it was played at a high school pep-rally or something and just stuck with me since then.

I digress.  So unlike typical rock shows that I've photographed, which rely heavy on the theatrical lighting and huge stage sets, Dwight takes to the stage with his just band and some nice simple spot lights.  The sound guy is not working overtime to apply heavy reverb or other sound altering techniques.  What the fans get is an artist who can sing (country) songs very well, and who's equally talented on the guitar.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, and again, and again.  One of the true tests of a musician is how well they perform live (without crazy vocal enhancements), and how well they engage the audience.  Dwight Yoakam definitely excels.

While I'll never be a huge country music fan, if presented with opportunity to go see another Dwight Yoakam concert, I'd have no problem, throwing down my money for a ticket.  He gives a great show!

Pics from the show:

Dwight Yoakam
Dwight Yoakam performs at the Las Vegas Hilton

Dwight Yoakam

Dwight Yoakam

Dwight Yoakam

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