Dwight Yoakam to release album of bluegrass reinventions, "Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars…" out Sep. 23 on Sugar Hill

DWIGHT YOAKAM TO RELEASE SWIMMIN’ POOLS, MOVIE STARS… SEPTEMBER 23 ON SUGAR HILL RECORDS  NEW ALBUM FEATURES BLUEGRASS REINVENTIONS – NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES CONFIRMED American music treasure Dwight Yoakam’s special collaboration with leading bluegrass label Sugar Hill Records, Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars… is set for release September 23. For the making of this album, Yoakam assembled a band of bluegrass luminaries to reinterpret favorites from his catalogue of gems. The 11-track album features Yoakam compositions from his extensive catalog. Yoakam is currently on tour across the U.S. and will play Americanafest NYC on August 7 at Lincoln Center Out of Doors. See full list of dates below. The new 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. Yoakam’s choice to partner with Sugar Hill for this release speaks volumes about the seriousness of this endeavor; Sugar Hill and its sister label Rounder have long been at the forefront of bluegrass, roots, and Americana music. This project was produced by nine-time Grammy winner Gary Paczosa (Alison Krauss, Dolly Parton), Jon Randall (songwriter of “Whiskey Lullaby”) and Yoakam, recorded at both Southern Ground Studio (TN) and the legendary Capitol Records Studio B in Los Angeles and mixed by Chris Lord Alge. For the recording, the production team gathered together a world-class band of bluegrass’s current greats including Grammy winner and nine-time international Bluegrass Music Association Guitar Player of the Year Bryan Sutton on guitar, Grammy winner Stuart Duncan on fiddle and banjo, 14-time Grammy winner Barry Bales on bass, Adam Steffey on mandolin (Alison Krauss), and Scott Vestal on banjo (Sam Bush). The LP also features harmony vocals by Jonathan Clark, Brian Whelan, Davey Faragher and newcomer Bryan Joyce. Yoakam has recorded more than 22 albums and sold over 25 million copies worldwide with five reaching the #1 spot on Billboard. He is a 21-time nominated, multiple Grammy Award winner. In 2013 he was awarded The Americana Music Association Award for Artist of the Year. He has collaborated with everyone from Beck to Kid Rock, ZZ Top, Hunter S. Thompson and Jack White. He has toured with the likes of Buck Owens, Johnny Cash and Hüsker Dü. His most recent album, 2015’s critically acclaimed Second Hand Heart is included in NPR’s “Best of 2015” which calls the album “as fresh as anything Yoakam has ever done.” It reached #2 on the Billboard Country chart with Rolling Stone saying the album featured “his best songs in years.” In 1977, Yoakam left Kentucky for Nashville to embark on a music career but found that the Music City was moving away from traditional county roots to more pop-country. He found himself better suited to the post-Bakersfield movement and became one of the founding fathers of the “LA Cowpunk Scene” influenced by second-wave rockabilly and punk alongside X, Los Lobos, The Knitters, Rank & File and The Blasters. DWIGHT YOAKAM TOUR DATES August 5—IP Casino Resort & Spa—Biloxi, Continue reading

Dwight Yoakam To Headline Ryman Auditorium

Dwight Yoakam To Perform At The Ryman Auditorium For The First Time In Years. Dwight Yoakam will have his first performance at the Ryman Auditorium since 2005, on April 12, 2013. Yoakam is currently touring in support of his 2012 album, 3 Pears. “The Ryman is one of a handful of places in the world, that from the moment you step inside, you can feel that you have entered a hallowed chamber occupied by the essence of the great.” -Yoakam 3 Pears has been named one of 2012’s most critically acclaimed country albums. The Lone Bellow is set to open for Yoakam that night.

Dwight Yoakam Waterfall-Video

Dwight Yoakam Performs “Waterfall.” Dwight Yoakam performs “Waterfall” in an exclusive recording session live in the legendary Studio One at EASTWEST STUDIOS in Hollywood, CA. “Waterfall” comes from Yoakam’s recent album 3 Pears. You can also see him perform “3 Pears” by clicking HERE. Watch the video now! 3 Pears Track Listing: 1. Take Hold Of My Hand 2. Waterfall 3. Dim Lights, Thick Smoke 4. Trying 5. Nothing But Love 6. It’s Never Alright 7. A Heart Like Mine 8. Long Way To Go 9. Missing Heart 10. 3 Pears 11. Rock It All Away 12. Long Way To Go (Reprise)

Dwight Yoakam Previews New Songs from 3 Pears

Dwight Yoakam Offers Fans Preview of Tracks from New Album 3 Pears. Dwight Yoakam will be releasing his new album 3 Pears next week on Tuesday, September 18th, and in the run-up to its debut, he is giving fans a sneak peak at five of the tracks featured on the album. Country music fans can access the track previews through some of the major corporate outlets including AOL, CMT, GAC, Taste of Country and Yahoo! For more details on the release and the preview head over to Dwight’s official site!

Dwight Yoakam New Album 3 Pears

Dwight Yoakam Releases New Album, 3 Pears. Dwight Yoakam is set to release a brand new album this Fall titled 3 Pears. This marks Dwight’s first studio release in seven years, and it will include twelve tracks (see the complete track listing below). The album will release on September 18th, but fans can take a listen to “Trying” by visiting Yoakam’s website. Dwight Yoakam’s 3 Pears Complete Track Listing 1. Take Hold Of My Hand 2. Waterfall 3. Dim Lights, Thick Smoke 4. Trying 5. Nothing But Love 6. It’s Never Alright 7. A Heart Like Mine 8. Long Way To Go 9. Missing Heart 10. 3 Pears 11. Rock It All Away 12. Long Way To Go (Reprise)

Dwight Yoakam At Billboard Country Music Summit

Dwight Yoakam Featured At 3rd Annual Billboard Country Music Summit! As we all know this week is the week of the Country Music Association’s CMA Music Festival in Nashville, TN! Fans will be pouring in from far and wide to participate in the June 7-10 festival, hearing some of the best country music, hanging out with other country music fans and experiencing all Nashville has to offer! While the focus of the next few days really is on the fans, this is also a chance for individual’s on the business side of things in the industry to get together as well. For the past couple years, this has come together as the Billboard Country Music Summit, and now in its 3rd year, it just keeps getting better and more relevant. It takes place on June 4-5, right before CMA Fest kicks off, and the event will gather today’s top players in country music to network and discuss all aspects of the country music business. To get this conversation started, event organizers look to the folks who’ve got experience in the country music world! So it should come as no surprise that this year’s summit will be featuring Dwight Yoakam! Dwight will participate in a Superstar Q&A and will be joining country music legend Willie Nelson and rising star Luke Bryan at the two-day conference. It’s gonna be a heck of a week and Nashville is kicking it off right with Billboard’s Country Music Summit! Find more info on their official page.

Dwight Yoakam Lends Voice to Michelle Branch

Dwight Yoakam Sings In New Duet with Michelle Branch Iconic country singer Dwight Yoakam, known over the past couple of decades not only for his considerable musical talent but also his acting capabilities, is featured on Michelle Branch‘s track “Long Goodbye“. “One of my favorite artists is Dwight Yoakam. When I was in the studio in Nashville, we met and I told him it would be a dream come true if he sang on my record. Next thing you know, he was in the studio singing “Long Goodbye” with me. I couldn’t imagine this song without his voice on it.” -Michelle Branch Branch transitioned from Pop music, known for her massively popular album, Hotel Paper, onto the Country Music scene through her collaboration with Jessica Harp in their duo group The Wreckers and hit album Stand Still, Look Pretty. A Sedona, Arizona native, this move to country music helped Branch get back to her roots. Branch released an EP album Everything Comes and Goes in 2010 featuring several quality songs, one of which she had hoped would be “Long Goodbye” but this did not pan out. You can dowload the Dwight Yoakam and Michelle Branch duet for free by clicking here. Text COUNTRY to 22828 to be eligible for exclusive text subscriber giveaways from CountryMusicNewsBlog.com!

Dwight Yoakam Breaks Records

Jay Leno appears to be a big Dwight Yoakam fan as he welcomes Yoakam back for a record-breaking 24th visit to the show this friday! Dwight Yoakam will set a new record for the most appearances by any artist on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” this Friday May 16th. Dwight is appearing on the show this time to perform 2 songs and promote his latest album, “Dwight Sings Buck” a tribute to his gone but certainly not forgotten mentor, the legendary Buck Owens.Country Music Photo Gallery

Dwight Yoakam Only Country Singer on Coachella Festival

One set of dates that’s solid on Dwight Yoakam’s schedule comes April 26. He’s the only country artist set to appear in Indio, Calif., at the annual Coachella music festival, which this year features Pink Floyd alum Roger Waters, Death Cab For Cutie, Kraftwerk and Portishead. The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (commonly known as Coachella) is a three-day (formerly a one or two-day) annual music and arts festival held at the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, California. The event features many genres of music including alternative rock, hip hop, country, and electronica as well as large sculptural art. The event has several stages/tents set-up throughout the grounds, each playing live music continuously. The main stages are: Coachella Stage, Outdoor Theatre, Gobi Tent, Mojave Tent, and the Sahara Tent (2006 also saw the addition of a smaller Oasis Dome). The following weekend, he’ll return to the same location for the second annual Stagecoach Country Music Festival. Among the artists booked so far for that event are Carrie Underwood, Big & Rich, Earl Scruggs, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley and country music legends, The Judds. For Dwight Yoakam 2008 concert tour dates, artist biographies and event details, please visit our partner site Country Music On TourCountry Music Photo Gallery

Dwight, Derailers salute Buck Owens

July 25, 2007 – Dwight Sings Buck, featuring Dwight’s versions of Buck classics like “Act Naturally,” “My Heart Skips a Beat” and “Think of Me,” is set to hit stores on Oct. 23. “After his death, it was the clearest way I could express my love for him and acknowledge the depth of our friendship,” Dwight says. The first single from the 15-track Dwight Sings Buck will be “Close Up the Honky Tonks,” a Red Simpson-penned tune Buck recorded in 1964. A portion of the proceeds from album sales will go to the Buck Owens American Music Foundation. Meanwhile, The Derailers’ Under the Influence of Buck will be released July 31. The Austin-based honky-tonkers performed at Buck’s 70th birthday party in 1999. The 13 tracks on Under the Influence include “Love’s Gonna Live Here,” “Together Again” and “I’ve Got a Tiger by the Tail.”Buck passed away in March 2006 at age 76. Legislation is now pending that would rename the post office in Oildale, Calif., after the late country legend. ~Courtesy of Country Weekly MagazineCountry Music Photo Gallery