Jim Lauderdale in Waycross, GA
Photo by Laura Harmondale
|Birth name||James Russell Lauderdale|
April 11, 1957 |
Troutman, North Carolina
|Genres||Country, Bluegrass, Americana|
|Labels||Sky Crunch Records
New West Records
Sugar Hill Records
Yep Roc Records
|Associated acts||Dr. Ralph Stanley
Donna the Buffalo
Jim Lauderdale (born April 11, 1957) is an American country, bluegrass, and Americana singer-songwriter. As a solo artist, he has been recording solo records since 1986. Lauderdale has released twenty-one studio albums, some of which are collaborations with artists like Dr. Ralph Stanley, Buddy Miller, and Donna the Buffalo. As a songwriter, his songs have been recorded by George Strait, Elvis Costello, Blake Shelton, the Dixie Chicks, Vince Gill, and Patty Loveless.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 Discography
- 4 Other activities
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Jim Lauderdale was born in Troutman, North Carolina, the son of Barbara Ann Lauderdale (née Hobson) and Dr. Wilbur "Chap" Chapman Lauderdale, a noted minister in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.
His mother, was originally from Kansas. She worked as "a public school and piano teacher, choral director, church organist, and hand bell choir director, and led the music ministry in Associate Reformed Presbyterian (ARP) churches in in Troutman, NC, Charlotte, NC, and Due West, SC." Lauderdale's father was born in Lexington, VA, the son of Rev. David Thomas and Sallie Ann Lauderdale (née Chapman). Lauderdale has one sister, Rebecca "Becky" Tatum, and a nephew, Mark Alexander Tatum.
Lauderdale grew up in the small town of Due West, South Carolina. As a teenager, Lauderdale played in a duo whose repertoire included "a little bit of everything: a little bit of Grateful Dead, bluegrass, George Jones, old folk." Lauderdale started playing banjo at age 15, and has cited the influence of Ralph Stanley and bluegrass music from an early age.
Lauderdale cited his childhood in Due West where many music acts would come to Erskine College: "I spent so much time listening to music back then. I was playing banjo and blues harmonica. I remember coming back from the Union Grove Bluegrass Festival in North Carolina, and my favorite album was Will The Circle Be Unbroken. Then Neil Young came out with Harvest. And I also loved being in a rural setting where I could run and walk and not see anybody. Little things like that just stick in your brain...those melodies, and the smell of springtime flowers and honeysuckle. It was a good time."
Lauderdale said both of his parents were singers. "I started singing really early and then started playing drums for a few years when I was 11 and then, when I was 13, I started playing blues harmonica. When I was 15 I started playing the banjo and getting more into Bluegrass music."
After graduating from college, Lauderdale moved to New York City, where he joined former Asleep at the Wheel pianist Floyd Domino's group, performed as a solo artist, and played in Buddy Miller's band in the active twang music scene that was evolving in New York City at the time.
Lauderdale won a spot on the national touring production of Pump Boys & Dinettes, which eventually had a performance in Los Angeles. He met and made musical connections with a group of musicians in Los Angeles that included Rosie Flores, ex-Rockpile guitarist Billy Bremmer, Dwight Yoakam producer and guitarist Pete Anderson, Lucinda Williams, and Dale Watson. John Ciambotti became Lauderdale's manager and Lauderdale relocated to Los Angeles in the mid- to late-1980s, recording a record for CBS (that was not released then but was later released as "The Point of No Return") that was influenced by the Bakersfield sound of Buck Owens.
In 2003, Lauderdale was joined by roots/jam band Donna the Buffalo on the album Wait 'Til Spring.
His 2009 release "Could We Get Any Closer?" was also nominated for a Grammy.
Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts
A documentary film called Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts about Jim Lauderdale, directed by Jeremy Dylan, was released in 2013. The documentary features interviews with interviews with Elvis Costello, Buddy Miller, John Oates, Gary Allan, Tony Brown, and Jerry Douglas and describes Lauderdale's successes and failures as a recording artist.
The Jim Lauderdale Phenomenon
Coined by singer-songwriter Kim Richey and cited in an April 2000 article in The Tennessean by writer Peter Cooper, the Jim Lauderdale Phenomenon reflected the irony that Lauderdale was nominated for a Grammy for his work with Dr. Ralph Stanley but was released from a record deal with RCA not long after. He was also released from contracts with Warner Bros., Columbia and Atlantic Records. The article described the phenomenon of artists who released "critically heralded, major-label country discs in the 1990s that failed to crack country radio playlists. Those performers lost their deals after one or two albums." This became endemic in Nashville during this period of time, a time characterized by "commercially undervalued country releases" where Nashville megastardom predominated.
In 2007, he began a collaboration with Larry Campbell, the band Olabelle and others in the "American Beauty Project", a loose collection of musicians dedicated to reimagining in performance the Grateful Dead's two classic 1970 albums, Workingman's Dead and American Beauty.
In 2011, Lauderdale toured with Hot Tuna, an ensemble act including Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady, Barry Mitterhof, G.E. Smith, and, for a time, Charlie Musselwhite. He has also toured with such as Elvis Costello, Rhonda Vincent and Mary Chapin Carpenter just to name a few.
Dr. Ralph Stanley
Lauderdale wrote and produced two bluegrass records with Dr. Ralph Stanley. His first collaboration with Dr. Ralph Stanley "I Feel Like Singing Today" was Grammy nominated as was his solo album "Bluegrass".
Lauderdale has often collaborated with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. Lauderdale's June 2011 release "Reason and Rhyme" was his third collaboration with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter, the first being "Headed for the Hills" and the second being "Patchwork River" in May 2010. Additionally, they wrote more songs for a North Mississippi Allstars record that was released in the fall of 2013.
Lauderdale has had a long-time, successful Music Row career writing songs for many mainstream country music singers under four separate major-label record contracts: CBS, Warner/Reprise, Atlantic, and RCA/BMG.
- Gary Allan: "Wake Up Screaming", "What's On My Mind", "We Touched The Sun"
- Mark Chestnutt: "I'm Gonna Get A Life" (co-written with Frank Dycus) - hit #1 in 1995
- Elvis Costello: "I Lost You", "Poor Borrowed Dress"
- The Dixie Chicks: "Hole in My Head" (co-wrote with Buddy Miller)
- Vince Gill: "Sparkle"
- Patty Loveless: "Halfway Down", "To Feel That Way At All", "You Don't Seem To Miss Me"
- George Strait: "Where The Sidewalk Ends", "Do The Right Thing", "Round About Way", "One Of You", "Don't Make Me Come Over There And Love You", "We Really Shouldn't Be Doing This", "What Do You Say To That?", "Twang", "I Gotta Get to You"
- Lee Ann Womack: "The King Of A Broken Hearts"
|Year||Album||Peak chart positions|
|US Country||US Heat||US Grass|
|1991||Planet of Love||—||—||—|
|1994||Pretty Close to the Truth||—||—||—|
|1995||Every Second Counts||—||—||—|
|1999||I Feel Like Singing Today||—||—||—|
|Onward Through It All||—||—||—|
|2001||The Other Sessions||—||—||—|
|Point of No Return||—||—||—|
|Lost in the Lonesome Pines||—||—||—|
|2003||Wait 'Til Spring||—||—||—|
|2004||Headed for the Hills||—||—||—|
|Country Super Hits Vol. 1||—||—||—|
|2007||The Bluegrass Diaries||—||—||10|
|2009||Could We Get Any Closer?||—||—||—|
|2011||Reason and Rhyme||—||—||9|
|Buddy & Jim (with Buddy Miller)||67||20||—|
|1988||"Stay Out of My Arms"||86||Point of No Return|
|1991||"Maybe"||—||Planet of Love|
|1992||"Wake Up Screaming"||—|
|1999||"Still Not Out of the Woods"||—||Onward Through It All|
|2000||"If I Were You"||—||The Other Sessions|
|2002||"She's Looking at Me" (with Ralph Stanley)||—||Lost in the Lonesome Pines|
|2006||"I Met Jesus in a Bar"||—||Bluegrass|
|2007||"Who's Leaving Who?"||—|
|"There Goes Bessy Brown"||—|
|2008||"This Is the Last Time (I'm Ever Gonna Hurt)"||—||The Bluegrass Diaries|
|2009||"Love's Gonna Live Here"||Tanya Tucker||My Turn|
|1992||"Wake Up Screaming"|
|1999||"Still Not Out of the Woods"||David McClister|
|2000||"If I Were You"|
|2002||"She's Looking at Me" (with Ralph Stanley)|
|2006||"I Met Jesus in a Bar"||David McClister|
|2007||"Who's Leaving Who?"||Travis Nicholson|
|"There Goes Bessy Brown"|
|2008||"This Is the Last Time (I'm Ever Gonna Hurt)"||Jarboe|
- A Town South of Bakersfield Vol. II (1988) - "What Am I Waiting For"
- Happy Birthday, Buck! A Texas Salute to Buck Owens (2002) - "Sweet Rosie Jones"
- Touch My Heart: A Tribute to Johnny Paycheck (2005) - "I Want You To Know"
- Born to the Breed: A Tribute to Judy Collins (2008) - "Easy Times"
Jim Lauderdale has hosted the Americana Music Awards for the last nine years, and won their first Artist of the Year and Song of the Year awards in 2002. He was also a judge for the 2nd, 10th and 11th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists' careers. He is also Honorary Chairperson for the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest each April at MerleFest in Wilkesboro, NC.
He hosted "The Jim Lauderdale Show" on WSM Radio. He hosts, along with Buddy Miller, “The Buddy & Jim Show” on SiriusXM Outlaw Country. Lauderdale is also a frequent host and performer on "Music City Roots: Live from the Loveless Cafe", a weekly Americana music show broadcast live on 94.5 Hippie Radio from the Loveless Barn on Highway 100 in Nashville.
- Shone, Mark (2012). Michael McCall, ed. The Encyclopedia of Country Music (2nd ed.). Oxford, MS: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199920839. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
- "Barbara Hobson Lauderdale (July 10, 1930 - March 8, 2011)". Chandler-Jackson Funeral Home and Cremation Services. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
- "Barbara Lauderdale Obituary". The Greenville News. March 9, 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
- "Barbara Hobson Lauderdale (Find A Grave Memorial# 114878601)". Find A Grave. August 3, 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
- "Wilbur "Chap" Chapman Lauderdale (August 29, 1924 - September 7, 2004)". Chandler-Jackson Funeral Home and Cremation Services. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
- "Wilbur Lauderdale Obituary". The Greenville News. September 8, 2004. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
- "Dr W. C. (Chap) Lauderdale (Find A Grave Memorial# 9454068)". Find A Grave. September 12, 2004. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
- Patterson, Rob (November 25, 1999). "The grass is blue: Writing hits for the Dixie Chicks has given Jim Lauderdale his own wide open space". Dallas Observer. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
- Cooper, Peter. "Hometown Heart: Due West native Jim Lauderdale comes to Greenville for an important performance". Greenville / Spartanburg Arts & Entertainment. Creative Loafing Online. Archived from the original on October 9, 1999. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
- Lane, Baron (May 10, 2013). "A Song of Perseverance – An Interview With Jim Lauderdale". Twang Nation. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
- Ochs, Meredith (December 12, 2013). "For The Bloodiest Tales In American Music, A Revenge-Themed Sequel" (radio show). All Things Considered. National Public Radio. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
- "Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale: Tiny Desk Concert" (video performance and interview). Tiny Desk Concert. National Public Radio. May 13, 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
- Winkworth, Bruce. "Go to the Country, Turn Left". The Music Monitor. Archived from the original on November 6, 2006. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
- Berkowitz, Kenny. "Old Crow Medicine Show: OCMS returns with a vibrant new album, Carry Me Back". Acoustic Guitar. Archived from the original on January 18, 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
- "About the Film". Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
- Cooper, Peter. "Without 'star-level' clout, Lauderdale released from RCA". The Tennessean. Archived from the original on February 21, 2001. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
- Kelly, James. "Music: Jim Lauderdale, Whisper". Creative Loafing. Archived from the original on February 22, 2001. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
- Rowland, Hobart (May 21, 1998). "Pen pal: Jim Lauderdale is the write man in the wrong place". Dallas Observer. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
- "Jim Lauderdale - Credits - Writing & Arrangement". Discogs. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
- Independent Music Awards - Past Judges
- "11th Annual IMA Judges. Independent Music Awards. Retrieved on 4 Sept. 2013.
None recognized before
|AMA Song of the Year (Songwriter)
None recognized before
|AMA Artist of the Year