Dwight Yoakam's 2012 CD, 3 Pears. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Nashville.
I never really believed in something said with a word, Dwight Yoakam drawls on the groove-heavy “Rock It All Away,” instantly reminding us just how much more powerful a phrase can be when paired with the right melody. For Dwight, the human condition has long served as inspiration, and the emotional punch he gains through his ever-honest voice and tender melodies has never lost its force. On 3 Pears, his first studio album in seven years, the musical icon explores the connections that bind us with a powerful new set that is 100%, classic Dwight.
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Dwight Yoakam photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Nashville.
Dwight Yoakam is debuting tracks from his new album, 3 Pears, out September 18, by premiering a new track every day this week through different online outlets. His website, www.DwightYoakam.com, will link directly to the daily premieres. Dwight first gave fans a taste of his new music when he premiered “A Heart Like Mine “on RollingStone.com in August.
Today, GAC has the exclusive premiere of another new song, “Take Hold of My Hand.” The instantly catchy track about a couple moving past old wounds is the perfect combo of country and rock swagger that Dwight’s been expertly showcasing since his 1986 hits “Honky Tonk Man” and “Guitars, Cadillacs.” Listen to “Take Hold of My Hand” >>
Faith Hill Photo Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
Faith Hill is among the artists featured on Every Mother Counts 2012, an album being released through a partnership between model Christy Turlington Burns and Starbucks. The album will benefit Christy’s organization, Every Mother Counts. She formed the organization after being inspired by her own experiences and the United Nation’s Millennium Development to reduce maternal mortality by 75% by 2015.
Every Mother Counts 2012, the second album to be released for the organization, is available exclusively at Starbucks from May 1 to May 29 in celebration of Mother’s Day. In addition to Faith Hill, it features songs from David Bowie, Sting, Lauryn Hill, Coldplay, Bono and the Edge, Eddie Vedder, Paul Simon and his wife, Edie Brickell, and more. Thirteen of the 19 songs are previously unreleased.
“I went to friends first, as I did with the first CD,” Christy told Rolling Stone. ”Bono and Chris Martin were great supporters of the project the first time around, and when I knew I wanted to include men on this album they were obvious choices. They are also both fathers to daughters. Others, such as Patti Smith and Rita Wilson, I’ve known for a long time, and some, like Edie Brickell and Paul Simon, I only met briefly but was a huge admirer. I generally wanted a diverse group of artists who were parents, or in the case of Edward Sharpe, who will be soon. We wanted to reach a broad audience on this issue with this particular project and with a range of perspectives.” Continue Reading
The Civil Wars photo courtesy of Aristo Media.
The Civil Wars will be honored with the Vanguard Award on November 6 during the 49th Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards. Past ASCAP Vanguard Award honorees include Sara Bareilles, Beastie Boys, Beck, Nine Inch Nails, Arcade Fire, The Killers, Jack Johnson and Björk.
“We are elated and honored to be receiving this year’s ASCAP Vanguard Award,” The Civil Wars said in a statement. “Past winners over the years have been inspiring and influential to us in individual ways. We are thrilled to be added to such a list.”
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