Dwight Yoakam’s critically acclaimed new album, 3 Pears, is the most celebrated album on the Americana Chart this year, remaining No. 1 more than any other in 2012 and spending 8 weeks in the coveted position.
Named “Best Of 2012” by outlets including NPR, Rolling Stone, American Songwriter, AOL’s The Boot and Rhapsody, Yoakam’s 26th studio album was his highest charting debut on Billboard 200 and Billboard Country Album Chart. This month, $1 from each sale of Yoakam’s CD will be donated to the Red Cross to benefit Hurricane Sandy victims.
AOL’s The Boot praised the album calling it “one of the most masterful in his iconic career…this chart-topping project makes it clear why Dwight is still one of the most viable artists in country music.” NPR admired “this gorgeous return to form plays up another side of Yoakam. His tenderness and sense of play shine through on 3 Pears,” while also saying, “Yoakam roams right back into his own inimitable style and makes it brand-new again.” American Songwriter hailed 3 Pears as “a thrilling, unqualified success…fans rightly rejoiced this invigorating return to form for one of country music’s finest songwriters.” Meanwhile, Rolling Stone also selected the single “A Heart Like Mine” as one of the Top 50 Best Songs of 2012, saying it “hits you like a linebacker.” The unique 9-camera video for the Yoakam / Beck co-produced track can currently be seen on Yoakam’s website.
Praised by Associated Press as “one of the most consistently interesting country music visionaries of his time” and honored at this year’s 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.
Named one of Jason Bentley’s Top 10 Best Morning Becomes Eclectic performances of 2012 on KCRW, fans can check out Yoakam’s website for upcoming tour dates.
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