Yoakam’s Recording Plans

LOS ANGELES — Dwight Yoakam, whose most recent release is a greatest hits album, is ready to get on with a new project. He’ll go into the studio in April or May with Pete Anderson producing again.

“It’s pieces of things I started writing over the last year, year and a half and some things I began in ’97 for the A Long Way Home album,” Yoakam said Tuesday following the annual Orville H. Gibson Guitar Awards, presented at the Hard Rock CafĂ© in Los Angeles. Yoakam was named best male country guitarist.

Yoakam also made reference to an upcoming acoustic album, inspired by fan response to a segment of his concert shows in which he performs with only his acoustic guitar as accompaniment.

“Pete and I went into the studio in late fall and cut 27 sides that way. It’s eminent that it gets in the hands of fans.”

But he’s not sure — or he wasn’t saying — exactly how the record will find its way to the public. The disc may not even appear on Reprise, the label that normally releases his recordings. Warner-Reprise executive Bob Merlis did not have details on the set.

“It’s coming out … there may be some tracks hitting the Internet,” Yoakam said. “We’re just going to have some fun with it, get the music in the hands of the people through a couple of different sources.”

Kim Richey was named best country guitarist, female, and Lyle Lovett was best acoustic guitarist, male. Comedian Bill Engvall hosted the midday ceremony.