Multi-platinum GRAMMY winning singer-songwriter, actor, director and country music pioneer Dwight Yoakam returns home to Warner Music Group after a decade. The legendary superstar began his career on Warner Music Group’s label Reprise Records, with his debut album, Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. and has since recorded 27 albums under both the Reprise Records and Warner Bros. Records imprints. Yoakam is set to release his first studio album in seven years on Warner Bros. Records.
“Dwight Yoakam is country music. His voice is immediately recognizable and his artistry is iconic,”said John Esposito, Warner Music Nashville’s President & CEO. “When I heard his current music, I was blown away. I think that it is some of the best music he has ever done and I’m incredibly proud to have him back at Warner Bros. Records.” Yoakam’s highly anticipated new record is set for an early 2012 release and is expected to be co-produced by Joe Chiccarelli (My Morning Jacket, The Shins, The Strokes) along with producer Yoakam, who has recently finished recording several tracks with musician Beck. “I’m pleased to be back in partnership with Warner Music Group for the release of my new music,” said Yoakam. “I’m excited about the enthusiasm they’ve expressed in their desire to once again be the conduit for my songs and recordings as well as the ensuing musical journey that it will take us on.” Yoakam is one of the most respected singer-songwriters in music. He’s sold more than 25 million albums, has 12 gold albums and 9 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 twenty-two going Top 20, including the incomparable hits “Honky Tonk Man,” “Please Please Baby,” “Little Ways,” “I Sang Dixie,” “It Only Hurts When I Cry,” “Fast as You” and “Thousand Miles from Nowhere.” Yoakam has won two GRAMMY Awards and earned 21 nominations. Editor’s Note: Dwight Yoakam is one of my personal all time favorites and I am very excited about his up coming new album.