Tuesday, August 2, 2016 – Dwight Yoakam is going bluegrass.

He will put out “Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars” on Sept. 23 on Sugar Hill Records after being with Warner. Yoakam assembled a band of bluegrass musicians to reinterpret 11 favorites from his catalogue. The list of songs was not released.

This project was produced by nine-time Grammy winner Gary Paczosa (Alison Krauss, Dolly Parton),Jon Randall (songwriter of “Whiskey Lullaby”) and Yoakam. He recorded at both Southern Ground Studio in Tennessee and the Capitol Records Studio B in Los Angeles and mixed by Chris Lord Alge.

For the recording, the production team gathered Grammy winner and nine-time international Bluegrass Music Association Guitar Player of the Year Bryan Sutton on guitar, Grammy winner Stuart Duncan on fiddle and banjo, 14-time Grammy winner Barry Bales, who is in Krauss’ Union Station, on bass, Adam Steffey, also with Krauss, on mandolin, and Scott Vestal on banjo (Sam Bush). The LP also features harmony vocals by Jonathan Clark, Brian Whelan, Davey Faragher and newcomer Bryan Joyce.

Yoakam released “Second Hand Heart,” a country disc, in 2015 on Warner. Lord Alge co-produced that disc with Yoakam.

Tour dates are:
Aug. 5 – IP Casino Resort & Spa – Biloxi, MS
Aug. 7 – AmericanaFest at Lincoln Center – New York
Aug. 11 – KC Live! – Kansas City, MO
Aug. 12 – Jaycee’s Bootheel Rodeo Grounds – Sikeston, MO
Aug. 13 – Battery Park at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Sioux City, IA
Aug. 19 – Julie Rogers Theatre – Beaumont, TX
Aug. 20 – Whitewater Amphitheater – New Braunfels, TX
Aug. 26 – ASU Convocation Center – Jonesboro, AR
Aug. 27 – Back Porch at the Creek – Knoxville, TN
Aug. 28 – Maymont Park – Richmond, VA
Sept. 1 – McGrath Amphitheatre – Cedar Rapids, IA
Sept. 2 – South Dakota State Fair – Huron, SD
Sept. 3 – Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel & Casino – Deadwood,