Dwight Yoakam is preparing to release 3 Pears, his first new studio album in seven years. Since his last record, the country pioneer has continued to explore soul, folk, pop and rock to further define his Americana spirit. Yoakam produced the entirety of 3 Pears, but he brought in some unexpected help on two tracks: Beck, who co-produced “A Heart Like Mine” and “Missing Heart.” “When you sit there with a guy who channels David Bowie meets David Gates meets Jim Morrison, you say ‘OK, Beck, if that’s your opinion of my electric guitar playing then we’ll stay with it,'” Yoakam tells Rolling Stone.
On “A Heart Like Mine,” Yoakam reaches for love, reflecting on the inner workings of his heart with yearning calls and an energetic punch. “I tried to encourage him to just let it have his personality and just be what it is,” Beck says.
3 Pears is due September 18th on Warner Bros.