By Alanna Nash
June 12, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT

DWIGHT YOAKAM A Long Way Home (Reprise) VARIOUS ARTISTS Will Sing For Food (Little Dog) On his first album of new material in three years, Yoakam turns in a fresh, dynamic set, updating his trademark Bakersfield-does-L.A. sound without sacrificing his honky-tonk roots. From the fried-Elvis rave-up of ”Maybe You Like it, Maybe You Don’t” to the hillbilly ballad ”Yet to Succeed,” he bursts forth like a man unleashed. Meanwhile, his impressive catalog enjoys stunningly original interpretations on Will Sing, a benefit disc in which an eclectic lineup (Sara Evans, Bonnie Bramlett-Sheridan, the Backsliders, Pete Droge) finds the secret, scorched heart of his most passionate songs. Both: A-

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