Jim Lauderdale in Waycross, GA
Photo by Laura Harmondale
|Birth name||James Russell Lauderdale|
April 11, 1957 |
Troutman, North Carolina
|Labels||Sky Crunch Records
New West Records
Sugar Hill Records
Yep Roc Records
|Associated acts||Robert Hunter
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 making records since 1986. Lauderdale has released 23 studio albums, some of which are collaborations with artists like Dr. Ralph Stanley, Buddy Miller, and Donna the Buffalo. A "songwriter's 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
Lauderdale's 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 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's father was a noted minister in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.
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 said his childhood in Due West where many music acts would come to Erskine College was important, as: "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 Nashville in the summer of 1979 for about 5 months where he tried to get a record or a publishing deal. He hung out a lot with Roland White, a great mandolin player, with whom he recorded a record. But things didn't take off there, so he decided to move to New York.
Lauderdale moved to New York City, where he joined former Asleep at the Wheel pianist Floyd Domino's group, performed as a solo artist. He met Buddy Miller in 1980 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.
Armed with a catalog of a few hundred songs he had written, Lauderdale was able to get a publishing deal with a small company called Blue Water Music (based in Houston, with a small office in Nashville). Living in Los Angeles he did a record with Pete Anderson producing, never got released.
Lauderdale then got another publishing deal with Reprise and moved into the upstairs of Buddy and Julie Miller's house until some possums evicted him and he got his own place in Nashville.
2014 will see the release of an as yet unnamed country album a la his prior "traditionally based, heavy telly and steel kind of stuff" in the vein of his prior records: Country Super Hits, Honey Songs, and Patchwork River.
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.
In November 2013, Lauderdale issued his first solo acoustic album, Blue Moon Junction and Black Roses, a record with the North Mississippi All-Stars. Several weeks prior, he released another record, Old Time Angels, a bluegrass album.
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 released a record called Buddy and Jim with long-time friend and collaborator, Buddy Miller in 2013. On the record, Lauderdale said, "[W]e recorded it in three days. I think he mixed it in five days. He's a great, world class producer, so there wasn't a question about who should produce it. We do the radio show out of his home studio and that's where we did the record. It's a great place."
Lauderdale has often collaborated with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. Lauderdale describes how working with Hunter came about: "I was doing that record with Ralph Stanley and I told a friend of mine, Rob Bleetstein, that I'd love to write with Robert Hunter. It was just kind of a pipe dream, and so he talked to Robert and Robert faxed me some lyrics. I didn't know how to email back then, so we kind of communicated by fax and by phone." It continued from there.
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.
The two 2013 releases, Black Roses and Blue Moon Junction, were co-written with Hunter. Black Roses features North Mississippi Allstars’ Cody and Luther Dickinson, whom Lauderdale bonded with in Nashville at the Americana Music Festival a few years ago, and features Muscle Shoals musicians Spooner Oldham and David Hood. The record was recorded at their father Jim Dickinson's studio, Zebra Ranch in Mississippi. "The place is out in the country, and they have it now and it’s just got a really creative atmosphere. As we would say, it’s got great mojo in it, and Luther and Cody work so well together. When you have guys like that, it really makes it flow."
2013's Blue Moon Junction "spotlights the songwriter behind the singer" as Lauderdale performs more songs he co-wrote with Hunter in a solo and acoustic format. Lauderdale self-produced the record.
Lauderdale says that "Robert and I have more songs that would be a good follow-up to Blue Moon Junction as a solo acoustic thing. Now that he's gotten back to performing, I'm hoping he will still have time to do some more co-writing with me."
Nick Lowe's band
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.
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||Label||Featuring||Peak chart positions|
|US Country||US Heat||US Grass|
|1991||Planet of Love||Reprise||Rodney Crowell and John Leventhal (co-producers)||—||—||—|
|1994||Pretty Close to the Truth||Atlantic||—||—||—|
|1995||Every Second Counts||Atlantic||—||—||—|
|1996||Persimmons||Rounder Select / Upstart||—||—||—|
|1998||Whisper||BNA||Harlan Howard, Melba Montgomery, Frank Dycus (songwriters)||—||—||—|
|1999||I Feel Like Singing Today||Rebel||Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys||—||—||—|
|Onward Through It All||RCA||—||—||—|
|2001||The Other Sessions||Dualtone||Del Reeves, Harlan Howard, Melba Montgomery, Kostas, Clay Blaker (co-writers)||—||—||—|
|Point of No Return: The Unreleased 1989 Album||Westside Records||—||—||—|
|Lost in the Lonesome Pines||Dualtone||Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys||—||—||—|
|2003||Wait 'Til Spring||Dualtone||Donna the Buffalo||—||—||—|
|2004||Headed for the Hills||Dualtone||Robert Hunter (co-writer)||—||—||—|
|Country Super Hits Vol. 1||Yep Roc||Odie Blackmon, Leslie Satcher, Shawn Camp (co-writers)||—||—||—|
|2007||The Bluegrass Diaries||Yep Roc||—||—||10|
|2008||Honey Songs & the Dream Players||Yep Roc||James Burton (guitar), Ron Tutt (drums), Garry Tallent (bass), Glen D. Hardin (piano), Al Perkins (pedal steel); vocals: Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller, Patty Loveless, Kelly Hogan||—||—||—|
|2009||Could We Get Any Closer?||Sky Crunch Records||Scott Vestal (banjo)||—||—||—|
|2010||Patchwork River||Thirty Tigers||Songs by Robert Hunter and Jim Lauderdale||47||38||—|
|2011||Reason and Rhyme||Sugar Hill||Bluegrass songs by Robert Hunter and Jim Lauderdale||—||—||9|
|2012||Carolina Moonrise||Compass||Bluegrass songs by Robert Hunter and Jim Lauderdale||—||—||15|
|Buddy & Jim||New West||Buddy Miller||67||20||—|
|2013||Old Time Angels||Sky Crunch Records||—||—||—|
|Black Roses||Sky Crunch Records / Smith Music Group||Songs by Robert Hunter and Jim Lauderdale||—||—||—|
|Blue Moon Junction||Sky Crunch Records||Songs by Robert Hunter and Jim Lauderdale||—||—||—|
|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.
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.
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- "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.
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- "Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale: Tiny Desk Concert" (video performance and interview). Tiny Desk Concert. National Public Radio. May 13, 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
- Zimmerman, Lee (February 19, 2014). "Jim Lauderdale: "Slugging Along and Slugging It Out"". Miami New Times. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
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- "Laura Cantrell to Release New Album No Way There From Here, 1/28; Plays Joe's Pub in NYC, 1/29". Broadway World. January 7, 2014. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
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- Independent Music Awards - Past Judges
- "11th Annual IMA Judges. Independent Music Awards. Retrieved on 4 Sept. 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.
None recognized before
|AMA Song of the Year (Songwriter)
None recognized before
|AMA Artist of the Year