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Yoakum gets assist from Beck on his new album

Credit Beck with shaping the sound of Dwight Yoakam’s new album.

The casual acquaintances finally got together in the studio after a few years of talking about it, and the two songs they did together helped point Mr. Yoakam along the way to “3 Pears,” his first album of original material since 2005.

“It really acted as a springboard, I think, for how I approached the execution of recording the rest of the album,” Mr. Yoakam said in an Associated Press phone interview. “We kept it very simple in terms of offense, just myself, a drummer and a bass player — three of us laying the basic track down. I was doing what might be a scratch electric guitar and ended up in many cases being kept or being overdubbed by me to fully realize the emotional intent in how I was playing.”

Mr. Yoakam’s first album in his return to Warner Bros. Records comes out Sept. 18. He has been working on the 12 songs for “3 Pears” since 2008 and jokingly describes the process as “reaaall, reaaaallllll sloooww.”

He started recording the album at Beck’s home studio in California with “Heart Like Mine” and “Missing Heart.” The rock ‘n’ roll performer and producer is known for his authenticity and he convinced Mr. Yoakam to keep things simple and honest. Mr. Yoakam told Beck he had “no business” leaving his scratch guitar lines on the record, but the producer disagreed.

Mr. Yoakam said the recordings reflected the emotion in the song, rather than the precision of the notes, which was key. The entire album is full of emotion and offers Mr. Yoakam’s first love songs in 25 years.

Georgia May Jagger getting comfortable with modeling

Give Georgia May Jagger a photo of herself and she’ll find the one little thing wrong with it. In that way, she’s just like most of us. She can spot from a mile away the nervous smile or unflattering pose.

But as she develops her modeling career, the 20-year-old said she’s getting better at accepting these things and, honestly, getting better at her job.

“Even the most successful models, it takes getting used to. Fashion and photos can still be intimidating, even if you’re always around it, but they’re not as much now as my first ones!”

With a little more practice, maybe she’ll be as smooth and graceful as her model mom Jerry Hall, or as comfortable in her own skin as her rock-star dad Mick Jagger.

Yes, Ms. Jagger is no stranger to being around a camera. It’s very much in her blood.

“I ask my mom for advice often. It’s not specifically ‘how to model’ — you have to develop that yourself — but I’ll ask her about fashion. I’ve seen her work before, and we talk about work. She’s obviously very experienced,” Ms. Jagger said.

From her dad, Ms. Jagger, who has posed for Chanel and Versace, among others, gets some of her eclectic style, she said, but she’d describe her own look as a little less flashy than his. She has a bit of the old English countryside style in her closet, combined with glam rock touches. Vivienne Westwood is a favorite designer.

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