After years of recording for Warner Bros.-owned Reprise Records, Dwight Yoakam has formed his own entertainment company, Electrodisc Sights and Sounds.
Plans are to partner with another company for distribution, marketing and promotion of Yoakam’s recordings. The Los Angeles-based singer is “looking at a couple” of companies with Nashville offices says his manager, Mark Hartley of Fitzgerald Hartley.
Yoakam will bankroll the new company himself. He’ll concentrate on his music, though he may do a live DVD later. There are no plans initially to sign other artists.
“He’s looking at doing a studio album, and then he’s also looking at doing either a hymns album or a bluegrass album -– something where he can stretch creatively, as opposed to what he normally does,” Hartley says. The first CD could come as early as the first quarter of 2003.
Yoakam toured in the spring and summer with Brooks & Dunn ’s Neon Circus tour, which comes to an end Sunday (July 28). He’ll do some dates on his own, then turn his attention to recording in September. His appearance in the Jodie Foster film Panic Room has upped interest in his acting, and he’s looking at scripts, Hartley says.
Warner Bros. will issue a compilation of Yoakam’s odds and ends and B-sides in the fall, and he has two tracks –- “Wheels” and “Some Dark Holler” –- on Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Vol. III, coming Oct. 1 on Capitol Records.