Dwight Yoakam booked to play Kit Carson Park in July

Country music star to perform with The Mavericks in big summer show


Country music superstar Dwight Yoakam and The Mavericks, have been booked to perform Saturday July 29, 7 p.m., at Kit Carson Park in Taos.

According to press materials on the AMP Concerts website (, Yoakam "has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide, and he is a 21-time nominated, multiple GRAMMY Award winner. He has 12 gold albums and nine platinum or multi-platinum albums, with five of those albums topping Billboard’s Country Albums chart, and another 14 landing in the Top 10.

"Nearly 40 of Yoakam's singles have charted, with 14 peaking in the Top 10. He received the Artist of the Year award at the 2013 Americana Music Honors & Awards ceremony, the most prestigious award offered by the organization.”

Last September, Yoakam released his first ever bluegrass album, titled “Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars…” on Sugar Hill Records. The record features a band of “bluegrass luminaries” performing “a collection of reinterpreted favorites from his catalogue, as well as a cover of Prince’s ‘Purple Rain.'"

This album “reflects the love for bluegrass music that Yoakam developed at an early age in Kentucky, and that has inspired him for many years thereafter.

In addition to his musical career, Yoakam has also shaped a formidable film and television acting career, having shared the screen with the likes of Jodie Foster, Tommy Lee Jones, Jared Leto, Forest Whitaker, and Matthew McConaughey.

Of his band that will join him in Taos, the press materials describe The Mavericks as “one of the great and most unique American bands … Formed in Miami, Florida in the late 1980s, [the band eventually moved] to Nashville … launching what would be an incredible career that featured hits, sold out tours and the creation of a large and loyal fan base. The Mavericks created a one-of-a-kind sound that seamlessly blended elements of rock, Latino, folk, blues, country and more. Following a nine-year hiatus, The Mavericks re-formed in 2012, going on to release two more highly acclaimed studio albums and toured relentlessly bringing their exhilarating live shows to longtime fans and new generations worldwide.”

Town of Taos Facilities and Special Events Director Mitch Miller said the event may continue into July 30, but nothing is set just yet. So, as more information becomes available, we’ll update this story.

Tickets to the July 29 Dwight Yoakam in Taos show go on sale Friday (April 7) at 10 a.m. Prices are $52 for adults, $9 for youth under age 12 (includes all service charges) at or by calling (505) 886-1251 Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and weekends 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.