Dwight Yoakam – 3 Pears (Warner Music Canada)

It is hard to believe it has been seven years since one of country music’s best honky-tonk artists has released an album of original material. In terms of output, Dwight Yoakam has been one of the most consistent artists across any genre of music. As if he is making up for lost time, Dwight Yoakam wastes no time getting things started on 3 Pears, opening with the sharp Dim Lights, Thick Smoke before moving into ballad territory on Missing Heart and It’s Never Alright.