Dwight Yoakam’s relentless search for truth has firmly connected him with a large, loyal following. A long-time Los Angeleno, Yoakam has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide. He has 12 Gold albums and nine Platinum or multi-Platinum albums. Five of those albums have topped Billboard’s Country Albums chart with another 14 landing in the Top 10. More than 30 singles have charted, with 22 going Top 20, including the hits “Honky Tonk Man,” “Please Please Baby,” “Little Ways,” “I Sang Dixie,” “It Only Hurts When I Cry,” “Fast as You” and “Thousand Miles from Nowhere.” Yoakam’s latest Warner Bros. album, 3 Pears, incorporates competing influences into a piece of cohesive art. It balances his country core with an embrace of rock, Americana, pop and soul. It blends Yoakam’s respect for his musical predecessors with the collaborative assistance of modern singer/songwriter Beck and current rocker Kid Rock. But most importantly, 3 Pears builds on his trademark edginess with a notable, growing positivity.