It's no accident that the song Dwight Yoakam opened with Wednesday at the Universal Amphitheatre on his first tour in three years was "Only Want You More." It set the tone for the evening with a theme that has surfaced repeatedly over Yoakam's 15-year recording career:
"There's not a prayer
Left for me escaping
From your love
Yeah, that wicked love."
That love-is-doomed view has secured him a niche as contemporary country's anguished loner, albeit it one who shuffles off Lonely Street long enough to have a little rocking fun now and then.
That's pretty much what happened through his 90-minute show for an adoring, near-capacity crowd. It was largely a career overview, with a little extra emphasis on his most recent studio album, 1998's "A Long Way Home."