Keith Urban & Dwight Yoakam

Keith Urban and Dwight Yoakam are both country singers, but they couldn't be less alike. Urban is an Australian pansy with bleached hair and a soul patch who makes music that, astonishingly, out-pussifies his exterior. He's married to Nicole Kidman, she of the immovable forehead, and epitomizes everything that purists hate about the modern-day Nashville sound. Meanwhile, Yoakam is a Kentucky-bred hillbilly whose brand of honky-tonk cut so far against the sonic grain in Nashville at the time that he had to move to California to make a go of things. He's universally respected and has made some nice scratch moonlighting as an actor, but it's Urban, not Yoakam, who's playing a giant arena tonight. Life is cruel. Keith Urban with Jake Owen at KeyArena. Dwight Yoakam at Snoqualmie Casino. MIKE SEELY

Thu., Sept. 29, 7 p.m., 2011

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