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GRAMMY Award-winning artist Dwight Yoakam will headline Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium on Friday, April 12, 2013. This marks his return to the Mother Church of Country Music's sacred stage for the first time since 2005. "The Ryman is one of a handful of places in the world, that from the moment you step inside, you can feel that you have entered a hallowed chamber occupied by the essence of the great," said Yoakam, who is currently touring in support of country's most critically-acclaimed album of 2012, 3 Pears. The Lone Bellow, one of the most talked about new bands this year, is set to open.
With 3 Pears, Dwight has dominated best-of-2012 lists including Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Village Voice, NPR, American Songwriter, Rhapsody and AOL's The Boot. Meanwhile, the album was just named the #2 album of the year in Nashville Scene's 13th Annual Country Music Critics' Poll, as well being named the third best male vocalist, #5 songwriter and #8 artist of the year. See the full poll results here:http://www.nashvillescene.com/nashville/the-results/Content?oid=3230419
Dwight has been included in more critics' year-end lists in 2012 than any other country artist. In addition, 3 Pearsholds the record for the most weeks at #1 (eight) at Americana radio. Here's a sample of other praise for 3 Pears, which marks Yoakam's 26th studio album and is his highest-charting debut on the Billboard 200 and BillboardCountry Albums charts.
About Dwight Yoakam:
Praised by Associated Press as "one of the most consistently interesting country music visionaries of his time" and honored at the 2012 6th Annual ACM Honors with the prestigious Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award, Yoakam has sold more than 25 million albums, has 12 gold albums and nine platinum or multi-platinum albums, including the triple platinum This Time. Five of his albums have topped Billboard's Country Albums chart with another fourteen landing in the Top 10. More than 30 singles have charted, with 22 Top 20 hits. Yoakam has won two GRAMMY Awards and earned an impressive 21 nominations.