Few entertainers have attained the iconic status of Dwight Yoakam. Perhaps that is because so few have consistently and repeatedly met the high standard of excellence delivered by the Kentucky native no matter what his endeavor. His name immediately conjures up compelling, provocative images: A pale cowboy hat with the brim pulled low; poured-on blue jeans; intricate, catchy melodies paired with poignant, brilliant lyrics that mesmerize with their indelible imprint. Then there's Yoakam the actor, who seemingly melts into his roles, impressively standing toe-to-toe with some of the world's top thespians: Jodie Foster, Tommy Lee Jones, Forest Whitaker, Nicolas Cage. Add to that Yoakam the entrepreneur and you have a singular talent without peer.

Yoakam's latest Warner Bros. album, 3 Pears, exemplifies his ability to incorporate multiple, competing influences into a piece of cohesive art. It balances his country core with a fiercely independent embrace of rock, Americana, pop and soul. It blends Yoakam's respect for his musical predecessors with the collaborative assistance of modern singer/songwriter Beck, who co-produced two tracks, and current rocker Kid Rock, who co-wrote the hooky opener, "Take Hold Of My Hand." But most importantly, 3 Pears builds on his trademark edginess with a notable, growing positivity.

"The music just kind of dropped in, in that way," Yoakam reflects. "Music is a bit of a mystery. Like all emotions are. And I think maybe it was something I needed to express and to share with the world at large, something positive when all of us are kind of carrying around this collective, emotional weight."

Much has been written about the Kentucky-born, Ohio-raised Yoakam being too country for Nashville when he first sought out his musical fortune in the mid-80s, but the truth is his music has always been too unique, too ruggedly individualistic to fit neatly into any one box. Like the icons he so admires – Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Buck Owens – Yoakam is one of a kind. He has taken his influences and filtered them into his own potent blend of country and rock that honors his musical predecessors and yet creates something beautifully new.

Produced by Yoakam, 3 Pears demonstrates that spirit, coalescing around buzzing guitars and vulnerable ballads as he explores the emotional extremes of his musical persona, all delivered with a revealing honesty. "Heart Like Mine" puts a country garage-band spin on a classic pop/rock melody, while "Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (And Loud, Loud Music)" – written by Joe and Rose Lee Maphis and closely associated with the Flying Burrito Brothers – is thrashing, 21st-century cowpunk. "Waterfall" takes an unusual, dreamy stab at embracing intimacy, and "Long Way To Go" – presented first as a gently chugging lope and later reprised as a stark piano/vocal performance – elegantly refines the concept of personal commitment. "Trying" surrounds an ultra-sensitive vocal performance with a ragged, soulful production.

The witty title track, which opened the flood gates to Yoakam's creativity, was inspired by George Harrison: Living in the Material World, the Martin Scorsese-directed film bio. One scene found John Lennon horsing around in three pairs of glasses, and Yoakam was immediately struck by the late Beatle's mix of zaniness and serious intent.

"I got to thinking about innocence and happiness," Yoakam says. "There's a certain nonsensical element to the song, but it was through that that I turned a corner. It allowed me to express some true, deeper feeling."

Yoakam's relentless search for truth has firmly connected him with a large, loyal following. A long-time Los Angeleno, Yoakam has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide, placing him in an elite cadre of global superstars. Yet the sales have never come at the expense of his musical integrity. Whether singing about the twisted wreckage of romance, the broken dreams of this hard life, or the burgeoning optimism that marks 3 Pears, Yoakam brings a knowing, glorious edge to his delivery and stands, in a world of artifice and flash, as a beacon of authenticity.

His debut album, Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc., set the tone as critics and fans alike responded to a new voice that arrived fully formed with no contemporary rival. With those 10 songs, full of twang and truth, Yoakam led the New Traditionalist movement, though he was never confined by that role. The New York Times' Peter Watrous, in fact, confirmed Yoakam's status beyond his obvious importance to country: "He fits into a general cultural reinvestigation of things American, including jazz and grassroots rock-and-roll." From the start, it was clear this jaded, often inscrutable troubadour could put a voice to our thoughts, expressing them better than we ever could.

He has 12 gold albums and nine platinum or multi-platinum albums, including the triple-platinum This Time. Five of those albums have topped Billboard's Country Albums chart with another 14 landing in the Top 10. More than 30 singles have charted, with 22 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." He's won two Grammys and earned a staggering 21 nominations.

As stellar as his recordings are, Yoakam's live performances are transcendent. Upon his appearance at the Kentucky State Fair in 2006, the Louisville Courier Journal's Marty Rosen declared that "in his best moments, Dwight Yoakam ranks with the scant handful of country singers (or, more accurately, singers in any genre, from opera to blues) who can legitimately be called geniuses."

The potency of his performances makes him a much in-demand guest on the television circuit. So much so that he holds the record for the most appearances by any musical artist on the top-ranked The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

But the music only tells part of the story. Over the last 15 years, Yoakam has carved out a niche as one of the top character actors on film.

Starting with a role as a truck driver in John Dahl's spicy film noir Red Rock West in 1992, Yoakam was an instantly mesmerizing presence on the big screen. However, nothing prepared viewers for his riveting appearance as the malevolent Doyle Hargraves in the Academy Award-winning film Sling Blade, for which he and his co-stars were also nominated for the Screen Actors Guild's award for outstanding performance by a cast. In David Fincher's box office hit Panic Room, as the brilliantly underplayed antagonist Raoul, Yoakam once again seamlessly shapeshifted in front of our eyes. As David Smith wrote for the BBC, "…the film is stolen by Yoakam." His performance in Tommy Lee Jones' Cannes Film Festival award-winning The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada was effusively praised for its penetrating honesty. Entertainment Weekly's Sean Smith told USA Today, "As a character actor, he disappears into his roles. There's something amazingly natural about what he does. All his characters have this tense undertone to them."

As he does in his music, Yoakam nimbly transcends categorization as an actor. He displayed his vast range while portraying the hilarious Pastor Phil alongside Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn in the broad comedy romp, Four Christmases. He delved into darkness with his role as the infectiously eccentric Doc Miles in the Jason Stratham pictures Crank and Crank 2: High Voltage. And he proved comedically stubborn in a divorce-negotiation scene in the Vince Vaughn/Owen Wilson picture Wedding Crashers.

Yoakam's ability to fuse multiple genres in music and to work in a variety of formats in movies led Time magazine to call him "a Renaissance man" and inspired author Don McLeese, in Dwight Yoakam: A Thousand Miles From Nowhere, to dub him "a visionary beyond time."

Yoakam's journey is, by admission, not a straight path. But it is one that feeds the essential premise of his art. His unique musical and theatrical efforts are different facets of Yoakam's singular devotion to discovery of himself and the world in which he lives. "You search for a sandbox," he says, "and just have fun in it." Few have the ability to make so many sandboxes uniquely their own.

William Clark Green

With two critically esteemed album releases already under his belt, William Clark
Green is back and this time it is getting personal. Give Green a pen and paper
and he is a lyrical force to be reckoned with. On his critically acclaimed third
release, Rose Queen, he puts it all on the line and makes absolutely no apologies.
“Songwriting is reality. People are scared to put reality on paper, but this is 10
times more reality than my past work,” he explains bluntly. The past few years
have been consumed with Green touring heavily in the booming Texas scene and
persistently writing a plethora of songs that are pulled from true to life
experiences. Green has adamantly pushed his boundaries as a writer revealing,
“Songwriting is exactly what is in your heart, in my opinion, it is not about
writing a hit. It is about revealing your heart and your feelings on the paper.”
The music on Rose Queen ranges from the familiar Cajun flare he is known for on
"Let's Go" to the highly reflective and introspective "Welcome to the Family." In
the candidly honest lead single, "It's About Time," Will tackles the harsh reality
that a significant relationship must end. He explains, “I think the new record will
connect with a certain demographic of people who have been effected by
something in their lives and therefore can identify with my stories.”
Not only has Green raised the bar with his seasoned writing and musicianship, he
also enlisted a team of powerhouses to mold his full package of artistry. Music
industry veteran Rachel Loy was recruited to undertake producing the new
record. Green declares, “I was sold on her in just 30 minutes. She installs
confidence and challenges me to be better.” Also, in the last year he signed with
new management, 415 Entertainment, as well as landed a booking deal with
Nashville’s Paradigm Agency. For the first time, Green embraced the nature of
co-writing and included 4 tracks of co-writes on the new album.
William Clark Green is definitely no stranger to the music scene; he knew at the
ripe age of 13 that he would embrace his passion and work vigorously in order to
make a name for himself. As a 7th grader with substantial ambition, he began
receiving guitar lessons and spending free time with his cousin writing music and
bouncing ideas off of one another. Green draws inspiration from his personal
musical hero Willis Allan Ramsey, as well as his father who Green has fond
memories of with a guitar in hand.
While attending college at Texas Tech University, Green played for a live
audience whenever he could and steadily gained notoriety on the Texas music
scene. He credits the Blue Light in Lubbock as his unofficial home, where he
spent many nights honing on his craft and gaining a loyal army of followers.
Rose Queen has already marked a number of milestones for the young storyteller.
The debut single, “It’s About Time”, was welcomed at radio with open arms and
earned William’s first Top Ten song on Texas Radio. The momentum did not
stop there as his follow up single, “She Likes The Beatles,” recently scored the #1
position on both the Texas Music Chart (TMC) and the Texas Regional Radio
Report (TRRR) in seemingly the blink of an eye. At this rate, the sky is the limit
as everyone waits to see what William Clark Green has up his sleeve next. The
full album released on April 30, 2013. For more information on William Clark
Green, visit: www.williamclarkgreen.com

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