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First Listen: Dwight Yoakam’s New Album “Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars” On NPR Music

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Dwight Yoakam’s new album “Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars”… is now streaming exclusiviely on NPR “First Listen.”

Not only is this album a chance for Yoakam to prove that his material does in fact work in a bluegrass context, but he also reinterprets his songs with some of the genre’s most celebrated pickers behind him,” NPR proclaims of the album.

Earlier this week, People Magazine premiered his cover of the Prince classic “Purple Rain” from the forthcoming album. The record is due out Friday, September 23rd on Sugar Hill.

With three decades of music under his buckled belt, Dwight Yoakam has cemented his status as a country icon—and on his forthcoming album, he’s not only covering his own songs but one by a pop legend as well,” PEOPLE stated.

For the making of “Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars”…, Yoakam assembled a band of bluegrass luminaries to reinterpret favorites from his catalogue of gems featuring eleven Yoakam compositions including the new cover of Prince’s “Purple Rain.”

1. What I Don’t Know
2. Free To Go
3. Sad, Sad Music
4. These Arms
5. I Wouldn’t Put It Past Me
6. Listen
7. Two Doors Down
8. Guitars, Cadillacs
9. Home For Sale
10. Please, Please Baby
11. Gone (That’ll Be Me)
12. Purple Rain

The new album reflects the love for bluegrass music that Yoakam developed at an early age in Kentucky, and that has inspired him for many years thereafter. Yoakam’s choice to partner with Sugar Hill for this release speaks volumes about the seriousness of this endeavor; Sugar Hill and its sister label Rounder have long been at the forefront of bluegrass, roots and Americana music.

Yoakam is on tour now and will make a stop for a special performance and Q&A at AmericanaFest in Nashville on Wednesday, September 21 at The Ford Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

For a complete list of tour dates and more information on Dwight Yoakam, visit his website and follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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