Dwight Yoakam has sold out the world famous Ryman Auditorium in less than 30 minutes. He has added a second show.
Due to overwhelming demand, Grammy Award-winning artist Dwight Yoakam has added a second headlining show at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium on Saturday, April 13. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 15.
Dwight’s Friday, April 12 show sold out in less than 30 minutes when it went on sale February 8.
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 Pears holds 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 Billboard Country Albums charts.
“For his first album of originals in seven years, trad-country torchbearer Yoakam had the inspired idea to call on Beck to produce a couple of tracks. The result, in ‘A Heart Like Mine,’ hits you like a linebacker--a ringing, clattering blend of Buck Owens-style California country and Sixties garage psychedelia.”
--Rolling Stone, (December 2012)
“…Yoakam's wide ranging influences are fully integrated into the singular perspective of an artist. In other words, it all comes out sounding like Dwight Yoakam--at his best. Sharp, conceptual, and full of adult longing, this leap forward still honors the ol' Guitars, Cadillacs."
--Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice (12/21/12)
“[3 Pears]…has got hard shuffles, trebly guitars, steel-guitar solos, strong chorus hooks. It locates some measure of cool within old obsessions…but doesn’t want to be contained…The voices are loud, the guitars are louder.”
--Ben Ratliff, New York Times (9/17/12)
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Yoakam was 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.