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Dwight Yoakum Cowboys, 3910 Palmer Park Blvd. Friday, March 31, 9 p.m. $27 in advance, $30 at the door; call any Western Wearhouse location or Cowboys, 596-1212, for more info.

Dwight Yoakum's a man of many (cowboy) hats: singer, songwriter, producer, writer and actor. It's a wonder, though, that he can get anything done in those ridiculously tight pants. Yoakum started his career in 1986, gaining attention for his honky-tonkin' style, reminiscent of the great Merle Haggard. Top 10 hits followed, including "Little Sister" and a new-fangled version of Queen's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love." As country's wild card, Yoakum never sticks to one sound, which has endeared him to a wide audience, from mainstream country to rock "n' roll traditionalists. His latest release, Blame the Vain, boasts plenty of traditional honky-tonk. But "International Heartbreak" works in bongos, a rock "n' roll beat and a crazy, ad-libbed rant. "She'll Remember" features Yoakum hopping on the synth bandwagon. Emo kids, beware.

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