New albums: Dwight Yoakam; Wale; The Very Best

April 20, 2015 4:47 PM

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Dwight Yoakam is many years removed from the days when his everything-in-its-right-place neo-classic Bakersfield honky tonk was regularly heard on commercial country radio. Nowadays, the Pikeville, Ky.-raised, Los Angeles-based singer and actor is a revered elder statesman to such blustery young rebels as Eric Church, just as he once championed such heroes as Buck Owens.

With Second Hand Heart, however - released nearly three decades after his 1986 debut Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc. Etc. - Yoakam shows that he's as proficient as ever when it comes to everything-in-its-right-place record making. If anything, on this self-produced set of mostly originals, he sounds even m...

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