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Dwight Yoakam’s ‘Pear-fection’


Iconic rockabilly/cowpunk crooner Dwight Yoakam is touring in support of his acclaimed album ‘3 Pears’

By Lori Hoffman
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The evolution of country music has been schizophrenic the last 30 years, going from traditional to bland pop to neo-traditional to a harder rock edge and back again with no seeming rhyme or reason. These days Nashville seems dominated by the guys doing country rock and the ladies pure pop.


 However, there are some artists who have stood their ground as the changes swirled around them,determined to let their musical inspiration be dictated by what their heart tells them is right.


One of the most brilliant of these country artists is Dwight Yoakam, who ironically enough, managed to stay true to himself by bypassing Nashville and going west to southern California, where he developed his own unique twist on the Bakersfield sound of roadhouse rockabilly and wailing laments about pain and heartache. He not only found success with the cowpunk movement, but also as an acclaimed character actor in such movies as Sling Blade, Crank, Panic Room and The Newton Boys.


Now he is back with an acclaimed new album, 3 Pears, his first one of new music in seven years, and a tour that stops at the Golden Nugget this Saturday, Jan. 26.


A few years back he talked about his career with Atlantic City Weekly and his work toward a new album. 


“It sounds trite to say I can’t label what I do. Certainly it’s country music, but I know it has transcended that at various times. I’ve been writing of lot of things recently for an upcoming album that I hope to do this year that is beyond [the country] boundary.”


He also noted that his acting career was also based on an interest in acting that paralleled his interest in making music. 


“I did theater growing up, nothing sophisticated, high school, but then I set it aside. I did a play when I first got to California and realized that actors are at the mercy of opportunity, that it’s a struggle, so I focused on my first love, my music.”


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