Dwight Yoakam hasn't released an all-new studio album since 2005's "Blame the Vain", but that will change this fall with his return to Warner Music. The trad-country master spoke about the still-untitled effort, which will include a collaboration with alt-folk-rap star Beck, during a Q&A at the Billboard Country Music Summit.
"We got to his home studio and we came up with an idea. He ran in, and put a drum beat down on it," says the singer of the Beck sessions, who compared some of the cuts to a swampier Creedence Clearwater Revival sound.
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Yoakam's most recent album, "Dwight Sings Buck," was released on New West in 2007, but "that was a labor of love for Buck Owens," his mentor who died in 2006. Before that, he spent time on Audium Records and Reprise, a Warner Music Group label.
It was announced last July that the singer-turned-actor (watch "Sling Blade" right now) was returning to Warner Bros. Nashville. The label's John Esposito has said that "it is some of the best music [Dwight] has ever done." It was reported at the time that Joe Chiccarelli (My Morning Jacket, the Shins) was helping to help produce the album.
Yoakam, who last hit the top twenty on the singles chart with his 1999 cover of Queen's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," said that he was initially unsure of what direction he might go in with a new recording project. "The business has changed so much," he said.