By on January 1, 2013

Photo Credit: Margaret Malandruccolo

DWIGHT YOAKAM launches into 2013 with a performance Wednesday, January 2 on NBC’s “Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

The Grammy-winning country music innovator is riding a new wave of success and acclaim with his latest album 3 PEARS (Warner Bros) and single “A Heart Like Mine.” He has dominated best-of-2012 lists including Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, the Village Voice and NPR.  Rolling Stone picked “A Heart Like Mine” as one of the year’s best singles of the year, noting:

“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)

DWIGHT has been included in more critics’ year-end lists in 2012 than any other country artist, and 3 PEARS  broke the 2012 record for spending 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 chart.

“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.


Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.