The country singer talks about his first original-material album in three years
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(Yahoo!) - Two things become immediately apparent when Dwight Yoakam visits a studio to play a set.
The first: He's a perfectionist. The 55-year-old singer-songwriter, who's recorded more than 20 albums and sold about a million or so times that, sat down to play a flawless version of his new tune, "Nothing But Love." After finishing, he asked for another take. And another. And another.
In fact, every performance you are about to watch here, took multiple takes--and by my own unprofessional estimation, sounded crystal clear from the very beginning. But what do I know? Nothing, except that Yoakam doesn't rest until it's perfect to his own specifications.
The second: The Kentucky-native-turned-Los-Angeleno who's appeared in a slate of movies and built a film career as publicized as his musical efforts is a consummate professional in this arena as well. It's easy to see by the way he handles himself in front of a camera that he's 100% as versed as an actor--and as precise--as he is as a musician.
Either way you look at Yoakam, actor or singer--he himself states, "You know, I don't know," after some thought when asked which of his career paths has drawn more interest--he's a magnetic personality who has the rare ability to captivate an audience even with considerable gaps in his endeavors. His latest set, 3 Pears, comes a full 7 years after his last studio album, 2005's Blame The Vain. (He did release an album of Buck Owens covers in 2007, which he says he considers a studio set.) However, the buzz surrounding the weeks leading to the release, as well as the critical acclaim it has received since street date, has been extraordinary for an artist who's chosen to take such a long break between projects.
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