Jim Lauderdale in Waycross, GA. Photo by Laura Harmondale
April 11, 1957 |
Troutman, North Carolina, United States
|Genres||Bluegrass, country, Americana|
|Labels||Sugar Hill Records|
|Associated acts||Donna the Buffalo|
Jim Lauderdale is a musician & singer-songwriter who performs bluegrass, country music, and Americana. He has recorded since 1986 and has released nineteen studio albums. Artists who have recorded his material include George Strait, Vince Gill and Patty Loveless.
James Russell Lauderdale was born in Troutman, North Carolina on April 11, 1957. His father, the late W.C. Lauderdale, was a minister and his mother, the late Barbara Lauderdale a retired music teacher. Growing up in Due West, South Carolina, he played drums in high school, attended the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, NC (in the Drama Department as an actor) and after he graduated, he decided to become a solo performer in New York. He began singing backing vocals for various artists including Carlene Carter and Dwight Yoakam before scoring it big in Nashville after writing hits for George Strait, the Dixie Chicks, Patty Loveless, and more. His solo 1990s recordings have gained him much critical acclaim and a loyal cult following. In 2003, Lauderdale was joined by roots/jam band Donna the Buffalo on the album Wait 'Til Spring.
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 and 10th 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. His 2002 album, Lost in the Lonesome Pines, a collaboration with Ralph Stanley, won the [[Grammy Award for
Best Bluegrass Album]] that year. His The Bluegrass Diaries won the same award in 2008. 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. His 2009 release "Could We Get Any Closer?" was also nominated for a Grammy at the 52nd Grammy Awards in Jan. of 2010. His first collaboration with Dr. Ralph Stanley "I Feel Like Singing Today" was also Grammy nominated as was his solo album "Bluegrass". His current release, "Reason and Rhyme" (his third collaboration with Grateful Dead lyricist, Robert Hunter, the first being "Headed for the Hills" and the second being "Patchwork River" from May 11, 2010) was just released on June 21, 2011. George Strait's last two singles, "Twang" and "I Gotta Get to You" (TWANG, MCA) were written by Jim. 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.
He hosts "The Jim Lauderdale Show" Wednesdays at 2 PM (Central Time) on WSM Radio AM 650, and also www.wsmonline.com. 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 WSM from the Loveless Barn on Highway 100 in Nashville.
|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|
Guest singles 
|2009||"Love's Gonna Live Here"||Tanya Tucker||My Turn|
Music videos 
|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"
- The Encyclopedia of Country Music - Oxford Univ. Press 2012 edit.
- Berkowitz, Kenny (January 2013). "Old Crow Medicine Show OCMS returns with a vibrant new album, Carry Me Back". Acoustic Guitar. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
- Independent Music Awards - Past Judges
- "CMT : Videos : Jim Lauderdale : Still Not Out Of The Woods". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 14, 2011.
None recognized before
|AMA Song of the Year (Songwriter)
None recognized before
|AMA Artist of the Year