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Jim Lauderdale

Singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale helped lay out the blueprint for the Americana movement of the '90s, earning high critical marks for an eclectic series of albums that spanned hard country, slick pop, rootsy rock & roll, blues, folk, R&B, and bluegrass. He never sold that many records on his own, but his compositions were recorded -- often with considerable success -- by a number of contemporary country stars, including George Strait, Patty Loveless, Vince Gill, Mark Chesnutt, Kathy Mattea, and George Jones, among others. Lauderdale was born in Statesville, North Carolina, in 1957 and grew up loving country music; however, he was also drawn to the theater and later moved to New York, where he landed roles in two national touring productions. He subsequently settled in Los Angeles, where he began playing the now-legendary alt-country hot spot the Palomino Club. With Dwight Yoakam producer Pete Anderson behind the boards, he recorded a track for the seminal compilation A Town South of Bakersfield, which helped him -- briefly -- land a record deal with CBS. He completed an album in 1989, but the label declined to release it; it finally appeared over ten years later on an overseas label as Point of No Return.

Undaunted, Lauderdale signed with the Bluewater music publishing firm in Nashville, where his compositions found immediate success in the contemporary country world. Additionally, he sang backup on records by Yoakam, Lucinda Williams, and Rosie Flores, and toured with everyone from Freedy Johnston, Nick Lowe, and Hootie & the Blowfish to Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard. He earned another shot with Reprise and issued his debut album, Planet of Love, in 1991, with production from Rodney Crowell and John Leventhal. The album was greeted with strong reviews by many critics, who hailed Lauderdale as a major new talent. Still, it would be three years before he would release another record; he returned in 1994, now on Atlantic, and issued two acclaimed albums over the next two years in Pretty Close to the Truth and Every Second Counts. In 1996, he moved over to roots label Rounder's Upstart subsidiary for Persimmons, yet another critical success.

Hopping to BNA, Lauderdale released Whisper in 1998, then returned to the majors on RCA, issuing the somewhat slicker-sounding, more commercial Onward Through It All in 1999. That same year, Lauderdale also took a detour into traditional bluegrass, recording the collaborative album I Feel Like Singing Today with the legendary Ralph Stanley for Rebel. Lauderdale finally found a more permanent home on Dualtone and debuted with 2000's The Other Sessions, a return to hardcore country. Two projects arrived in 2002: another album with Stanley, called Lost in the Lonesome Pines, and a country record called The Hummingbirds. Ever prolific, Lauderdale released Wait Til Spring in 2003, Headed for the Hills in 2004, Bluegrass in 2006, and The Bluegrass Diaries in 2007. Honey Songs, credited to Jim Lauderdale & the Dream Players, was issued in 2008. Could We Get Any Closer? appeared in 2009. Moving to Sugar Hill Records, Lauderdale released Reason and Rhyme in 2011, this time teaming with lyricist and longtime collaborator Robert Hunter on a set of new bluegrass-themed songs. He next teamed with longtime friend and fellow country roots singer and songwriter Buddy Miller for 2012's Buddy and Jim, released by New West Records.

Though he didn't record until the middle of 2013, Lauderdale released three albums on his Sky Crunch label within two months. The first, Old Time Angels was a bluegrass date that appeared in October. It was followed by the simultaneously issued solo acoustic Blue Moon Junction and the grimy swamp rock Black Roses in November. The latter was produced by Luther Dickinson (who also played guitar), with Cody Dickinson on drums, Amy LaVere on upright bass and backing vocals, and Spooner Oldham and Ian McLagan on piano. Lauderdale spent time writing for country artists and for the TV series Nashville, and released I'm a Song in June of 2014 on Sky Crunch through New West. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: I'm A Song

1. Let's Have A Good Thing Together

2. Past It

3. You've Got A Way All Yours

4. I'm A Song

5. The Feeling's Hanging On

6. I Lost You (Feat. Buddy Miller)

7. Doin' Time In Bakersfield (Feat. Lee Ann Womack)

8. A Day With No Tomorrow (Feat. Lee Ann Womack)

9. End Of The World Rag

10. Neon Hearts

11. I Wish You Loved Me

12. Makin' Honey

13. Let Him Come To You

14. Today I've Got The Yesterdays (Feat. Patty Loveless)

15. There's No Shadows In The Shade

16. Hope And Find

17. The Day The Devil Changed

18. The King Of Broken Hearts

19. The World Is Waiting Below

20. We Will Rock Again

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Track List: Black Roses

1. Throw My Bucket Down

2. No Later Than Soon

3. Ride On

4. By The Horns

5. When Jones Came Home

6. Taking The Rap

7. Madame Mary

8. They Have A Saying

9. By The Yard

10. Tossing Pebbles At The Sky

11. Chase Me

12. QMDHM1320004

13. Ebenezer

14. Black Roses

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Track List: Blue Moon Junction

1. Land Of My Dreams

2. 13 Horsemen

3. Blue Moon Junction

4. Just In Case

5. Morgan Montague

6. Foxtail Waltz

7. Shadowfall

8. Liza Lou

9. Wet Behind The Ears

10. Let Me Be

11. What A Way To End

12. Lovelorn Rover

13. Solitary World

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Track List: Old Time Angels

1. Old Time Angels

2. Tell Me What I Mean

3. I Might Seem Like A Loser (But I'm Really Not)

4. Wild Blue Yonder

5. I Loved Her After All

6. Just Say You Want Me There

7. Losing Ground

8. I've Been A Fool One Time Before

9. I Don't Want To Be A Sinner Anymore

10. Let Me Make Your Day

11. Hold On Honey Hold On

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Track List: Carolina Moonrise: Bluegrass Songs By Robert Hunter & Jim Lauderdale

1. Iodine

2. Triple Crossroad Blues

3. I Won't Let It Show

4. Anybody's Guess

5. Troublemaker

6. Cole Bernier

7. Happiness

8. Can I Have This Dance?

9. On The Level

10. The Night The Moon Fell Down

11. Don't Back Down

12. Fiddler's Heaven

13. Wild And Free

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Track List: Reason & Rhyme

1. Cruel Wind And Rain

2. Love's Voice

3. Don't Tempt The Devil (With Your Love)

4. Tiger & The Monkey

5. Not Let You Go

6. Fields Of The Lord

7. Jack Dempsey's Crown

8. Don't Give A Hang

9. Reason & Rhyme

10. Doin' It On My Own

11. Janis Jones

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Track List: Patchwork River

1. Patchwork River

2. Jawbone

3. Good Together

4. Alligator Alley

5. Louisville Roll

6. Tall Eyes

7. Turn To Stone

8. El Dorado

9. Up My Sleeve

10. Far In The Far Away

11. Between Your Heart And Mine

12. Winnona

13. My Lips Are Sealed

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Track List: I Feel Like Singing Today

1. I Feel Like Singing Today

2. You'll Find Her Name Written There

3. Maple On The Hill

4. Fly, Lovebird Fly

5. Joy, Joy, Joy

6. Like Him

7. I Wish Today Could Be Tomorrow

8. Another Sinner's Prayer

9. Highway Through My Home

10. What About You

11. This World Is Not My Home

12. Harbor Of Love

13. I Will Wait For You

14. Who Will Sing For Me

15. Who Thought The Railroad Wouldn't Last

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Track List: Bluegrass

1. Mighty Lonesome

2. Time's A Looking Glass

3. I'm Still Living For You

4. I Shouldn't Want You So Bad

5. Who's Leaving Who

6. Forever Ends Today

7. Love In The Ruins

8. There Goes Bessie Brown

9. It Wasn't That I Had To

10. It's So Different

11. My Treasure

12. Don't Blame The Wrong Guy

13. Where They Turn Around

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Track List: Could We Get Any Closer?

1. I Took A Liking To You

2. All She Wrote

3. Calico

4. Tennessee Dawn

5. Ghosts Of The Ridge

6. Today

7. Could We Get Any Closer?

8. Almost Satisfied

9. I'm Kind Of Learning As I Go

10. That's Why I'm Here With You

11. Lead Me

12. Honey Hurry Home

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Track List: Country Super Hits Vol 1

1. Honkey Tonk Mood Again

2. Playing On My Heartstrings

3. Two More Wishes

4. Cautious

5. If You Never Seen Her Smile

6. Right Where You Want Me

7. Are You Okay?

8. Single Standard Time

9. I Met Jesus In A Bar

10. That's Why We're Here

11. Change

12. You Can't Stop Her

13. She's Got Some Magic Going On

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Track List: Persimmons

1. Life By Numbers

2. Do You Like It

3. And That's A Lot

4. Am I Only Dreaming This

5. Don't Leave Your Light Low

6. Seems Like You're Gonna Take Me Back

7. I Thought We Had A Deal

8. Tears So Strong

9. Please Pardon Me

10. Some Things Are Too Good To Last

11. Nobody's Perfect

12. Had A Little Time

13. That's Not Right Babe

14. Optimistic Messenger

15. Jupiter's Rising

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Track List: Soul Searching, Vol. 1 Memphis / Vol. 2 Nashville

Disc 1

1. There's No End To The Sky

2. Way Out Is Fine

3. There's A Storm Out There (But It's Calm In Here)

4. Thank You For Saying Hi

5. Worth The Wait

6. And It Hurts

7. Soul Searching

8. You're The One Who Started It

9. Sad Bell

10. Super Power

11. When A Game

12. Don't Be So Gone

13. Mysterious

Disc 2

1. You Were Here

2. There Was A Mermaid On The Rocks

3. What Do I Know About Anything

4. All At Once

5. Black Widow Spider

6. Signals From Space

7. Why Does God Let That Happen

8. Water Water Please Come Back

9. Timing Is Everything

10. Plan B

11. One Big Company

12. I'm Just The Lookout

13. Tarzan Houdini

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Track List: The Bluegrass Diaries

1. This Is The Last Time I'm Ever Gonna Hurt

2. All Roads Lead Back To You

3. I Wanted To Believe

4. Looking For A Good Place To Land

5. Can We Find Forgiveness

6. Chances

7. One Blue Mule

8. Are You Having Second Thoughts

9. My Somewhere Just Got Here

10. It's Such A Long Journey Home

11. Ain't No Way To Run

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Track List: The Hummingbirds

1. Midnight Will Become Day

2. There And Back Again

3. I'm Happiest When I'm Moving

4. It's A Trap

5. Eternal

6. Morning

7. Hummingbird

8. Let's Not Say It's Over

9. I Know Better Now

10. It's Worth Looking Up

11. Jacob's Ladder

12. Rollin' The Dice

13. New Cascade

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Track List: The Other Sessions

1. If I Were You

2. Just To Get To You

3. I'd Follow You Anywhere

4. What's On My Mind

5. Merle World

6. You'll Know When It's Right

7. Honky Tonk Haze

8. First Things First

9. Oh My Goodness

10. Diesel, Diesel, Diesel

11. Born Believers

12. It's Not Too Late

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Jim Lauderdale has become (along with Donna the Buffalo)one if my favorites
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I will never forget the Suwanee Bus Jam that spontaneousl y happened one fine night in the nineties. I was drawn in like a bee to pollen! I could listen to Jim Lauderdale every day forever.
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Met Jim at Harvest Fest and later at Blind Willie McTell blues festival. Just the nicest guy you could ever talk too. Have loved his music for years. Hope he keeps wearing his splendid suits forever.
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Jim Lauderdale never have heard of him thanks Pandora a new one yo my list of great Bluegrass Artists.
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john.heinsoh n
mighty fine musician that Jim Lauderdale, mighty fine indeed. they say he was born with a guitar in his hand and not one dimple on his tongue...
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holts18
one of my favorite few singer/songw r i t e r s
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Loved you playing with Mary Chapin Carpender on "I feel lucky". Very talented man.
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Destined to be hailed as one of the greats!
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I really enjoyed the Old Blue Mule. Where in the world did you learn that song? Very cool!
I loved it . Thanks a lot.

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