Kentucky native Dwight Yoakam released hit after country hit throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s, going on to win the “Best Male Country Vocal Performance” Grammy award in 1993. A pioneer of current country music, he’s even been cited as Johnny Cash’s favorite country singer.
But over the past decade, Yoakam faded from a major label, Warner Music Group, to the indie world.
Now, the L.A. Times reports that the musician has returned to the Warner label to release a new album, due in early 2012.
Yoakam has been working with producer Joe Chiccarelli, who has worked with acts such as My Morning Jacket, The Shins and The Strokes. He has also recorded several tracks with Beck.
“When I heard his current music, I was blown away,” said John Esposito, president/chief executive of Warner Music Nashville, in a statement. “I think that it is some of the best music he has ever done, and I’m incredibly proud to have him back at Warner Bros. Records.”