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.
Like his cowboy hat slung low and his trusty jean jacket, 3 Pears makes no attempt to be anything other than Continue Reading
Rosanne Cash photo courtesy of myspace.com/rosannecash.
Ronald Reagan, the DeLorean and parachute pants.
The 1980s were kind of strange — and we’re still paying for the greed-is-good mentality that the ‘80s movie Wall Street embraced.
Nevertheless, there were numerous artists worth their salt in that decade who still matter: Reba McEntire, Dwight Yoakam and George Strait had their first hits, for example. And several acts — including Rosanne Cash, Paul Overstreet and the Desert Rose Band — are still making their presence felt.
Here’s a look at some of the artists who reached their commercial peak during the ‘80s who are making a creative difference in slightly different ways: