Who doesn't love Dwight Yoakam? The county music legend sat down with our own Jeff Michael on Studio 11 LA on Tuesday for a extensive interview.
The Grammy Award-winning artist will headline the historic Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, CA Friday, September 6, marking the iconic singer, songwriter, guitarist and actor's first proper Los Angeles performance in over five years. Look for YOAKAM's performance to encompass his full body of work, from his 1986 debut EP Guitars, Cadillacs , Etc., Etc. through his 2012 critically acclaimed album 3 Pears.
"I'm very much looking forward to playing the 3 Pears tour in my adopted hometown at such a great and historic venue, Hollywood Palladium, whose storied reputation--from the Academy Awards to legendary musical performances--was kept intact and paid tribute to by its complete restoration and reopening for live shows," said YOAKAM, who is currently touring in support of country's most critically acclaimed album of 2012, 3 Pears. "On September 6th, we are going to turn it into the rockin'est honky tonk on Sunset Blvd."
DWIGHT has been touring heavily since the 2012 release of 3 PEARS (Warner Bros.), including headlining dates and return engagements at both Bonnaroo and Stagecoach. He's currently touring the U.S. and Canada, with dates booked well into December.
In a live review of his April '13 two-night sold-out engagement at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, Rolling Stone said;
"It was a fitting presentation for a singer whose ironclad alloy of rockabilly, Bakersfield worship and British Invasion pop has long made him both a postmodern preservationist and a progressive misfit in country music…The continuing vitality of that singular country-rock conflation was in full effect on the 3 Pears selections, which fit seamlessly within the shows' Yoakam catalog overview. Although the singer took the rare banter break to thank the crowd for their patience enduring new songs, he really didn't have to, as audience members hung on every note of Pears standouts, such as the dreamy, country-psych lullaby ‘Waterfall' and the title track, a shimmering Brill Building-gone-Bakersfield piece of pop perfection punctuated by glockenspiel, panoramic guitar jangle, plucking mandolins and a timeless groove borrowed from ‘Be My Baby." (4/15/13)
With 3 Pears, Dwight dominated best-of-2012 lists including Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Village Voice, NPR, American Songwriter, Rhapsody and AOL's The Boot. Meanwhile, the album was named the #2 album of the year in Nashville Scene's 13th Annual Country Music Critics' Poll, as well being named the third best male vocalist, #5 songwriter and #8 artist of the year. See the full poll results here: http://www.nashvillescene.com/nashville/the-results/Content?oid=3230419
Dwight was included in more critics' year-end lists in 2012 than any other country artist. In addition, 3 Pears holds the record for the most weeks at #1 (eight) at Americana radio. Here's a sample of other praise for 3 Pears, which marks Yoakam's 26th studio album and is his highest-charting debut on the Billboard 200 and Billboard Country Albums charts.
Here is a sampling of critical praise for 3 Pears:
"For his first album of originals in seven years, trad-country torchbearer Yoakam had the inspired idea to call on Beck to produce a couple of tracks. The result, in ‘A Heart Like Mine,' hits you like a linebacker--a ringing, clattering blend of Buck Owens-style California country and Sixties garage psychedelia."
--Rolling Stone, (December 2012)
"I'll name my favorite country album of the year: Dwight Yoakam's 3 Pears, which is not just a return to form for the honky-tonk singer, but also one of the most consistently pleasurable albums by anyone this year."
--Ken Tucker, NPR (12/11/12)
"…Yoakam's wide ranging influences are fully integrated into the singular perspective of an artist. In other words, it all comes out sounding like Dwight Yoakam--at his best. Sharp, conceptual, and full of adult longing, this leap forward still honors the ol' Guitars, Cadillacs."
--Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice (12/21/12)
"[3 Pears]…has got hard shuffles, trebly guitars, steel-guitar solos, strong chorus hooks. It locates some measure of cool within old obsessions…but doesn't want to be contained…The voices are loud, the guitars are louder."
--Ben Ratliff, New York Times (9/17/12)
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About Dwight Yoakam:
Praised by Associated Press as "one of the most consistently interesting country music visionaries of his time" and honored at the 2012 6th Annual ACM Honors with the prestigious Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award, Yoakam has sold more than 25 million albums, has 12 gold albums and nine platinum or multi-platinum albums, including the triple platinum This Time. Five of his albums have topped Billboard's Country Albums chart with another fourteen landing in the Top 10. More than 30 singles have charted, with 22 Top 20 hits. Yoakam has won two GRAMMY Awards and earned an impressive 21 nominations.