Jim Lauderdale

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Jim Lauderdale
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Jim Lauderdale in Waycross, GA
Background information
Birth name James Russell Lauderdale[1]
Born (1957-04-11) April 11, 1957 (age 58)
Troutman, North Carolina, United States
Origin Nashville, Tennessee
Genres Country
Bluegrass
Americana
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Guitar
Years active 1986–present
Labels Sky Crunch, New West, Sugar Hill, Thirty Tigers, Yep Roc, Dualtone
Associated acts Robert Hunter, Buddy Miller, Ralph Stanley, Donna the Buffalo
Website JimLauderdale.com

Jim Lauderdale (born April 11, 1957) is an American country, bluegrass, and Americana singer-songwriter.[2] Since 1986, he has released 23 studio albums, some of which have been collaborations with artists such as Dr. Ralph Stanley, Buddy Miller, and Donna the Buffalo. A "songwriter's songwriter,"[3] his songs have been recorded by dozens of artists, notably George Strait, Gary Allan, Elvis Costello, Blake Shelton, the Dixie Chicks, Vince Gill, and Patty Loveless.

Early life[edit]

Lauderdale was born in Troutman, North Carolina, the son of Barbara Ann Lauderdale (née Hobson)[4][5][6] and Dr. Wilbur "Chap" Chapman Lauderdale.[1][7][8] Lauderdale's mother was originally from Kansas.[5] In addition to her work as a public school and piano teacher, she was active in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Churches in Troutman, Charlotte, and Due West, South Carolina, where she served as music director, church organist, and choir director.[4] His father was born in Lexington, VA, the son of Reverend David Thomas and Sallie Ann Lauderdale (née Chapman).[7] Lauderdale's father was a noted minister in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.[7] Lauderdale has one sister, Rebecca "Becky" Tatum, and a nephew, Mark Alexander Tatum.[1]

He grew up in Due West, South Carolina.[2] Both of his parents were singers. He too sang in his early years, and learned the drums at 11, the harmonica at 13, and the banjo at 15.[9] He has cited the influence of Ralph Stanley and bluegrass music from an early age. He played a variety of music, including bluegrass, Grateful Dead, and folk in a duo as a teenager.[10]

During his childhood in Due West, many music acts would come to Erskine College. Lauderdale remembers enjoying the album Will the Circle be Unbroken by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Neil Young's Harvest.[11] He attended the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, NC, studying theater. He played in country and bluegrass bands during college.[10]

Lauderdale is a long-time resident of Nashville, Tennessee.[12]

Career[edit]

Jim Lauderdale at MerleFest in 2007.
Photo by Forrest L. Smith, III

After graduating college, Lauderdale lived in Nashville for five months in the summer of 1979 while he tried to get a recording or publishing deal. He hung out a lot with Roland White, an accomplished mandolin player, with whom he cut a record. But things never took off, so he decided to move to New York,[3] where he played in Floyd Domino's band and performed as a solo artist. In 1980 he met singer-songwriter Buddy Miller.[3] He played in Miller's band in the active twang music scene that was evolving at the time.[10]

During his time in New York City, he also worked in the mailroom and as a messenger at Rolling Stone magazine.[13] He often was assigned to pick up and drop off photographer Annie Liebovitz's equipment.[10]

Lauderdale joined the national touring production of Pump Boys & Dinettes, which eventually reached Los Angeles where he met musicians Rosie Flores, Billy Bremmer, Pete Anderson, Lucinda Williams, Dale Watson, and others.[10] John Ciambotti became Lauderdale's manager and Lauderdale relocated to Los Angeles in the late 1980s, recording an album for CBS (which was later released as The Point of No Return). The record was influenced by the Bakersfield sound of Buck Owens.[10]

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 made a record with Anderson producing, but it was never released.[3]

Lauderdale then got a publishing deal with Reprise and moved into the second floor of Buddy and Julie Miller's house until he got his own place in Nashville.[3]

Solo career[edit]

Jim Lauderdale – AMA 2011

Lauderdale's solo debut, Planet of Love, was produced by Rodney Crowell and John Leventhal.[10][14] Lost in the Lonesome Pines, a 2002 collaboration with Ralph Stanley, won the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album. The Bluegrass Diaries won the same award in 2008. In 2003, Lauderdale was joined by roots/jam band Donna the Buffalo on the album Wait 'Til Spring. Could We Get Any Closer? was nominated for a Grammy in 2009.

In 2013, Lauderdale released Old Time Angels (a bluegrass album) and his first solo acoustic album, Blue Moon Junction, followed by Black Roses, with the North Mississippi All-Stars.[15] Lauderdale appears on Laura Cantrell's 2013 release No Way There From Here.[16] 2014 saw the release of his album I'm A Song.[17]

Collaborations[edit]

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 that included Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady, Barry Mitterhof, G.E. Smith, and, for a time, Charlie Musselwhite. He has also toured with Elvis Costello, Rhonda Vincent, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and others.

Dr. Ralph Stanley[edit]

Lauderdale wrote and produced two bluegrass records with Ralph Stanley. Their first collaboration, I Feel Like Singing Today, was nominated for a Grammy.

Buddy Miller[edit]

Eddie Perez (with Jim Lauderdale, right) at The 15th Annual Gram Parsons Guitar Pull and Tribute Festival in Waycross, GA

Lauderdale released a record called Buddy and Jim with long-time friend and collaborator Buddy Miller in 2013.[13] Lauderdale said they recorded it in three days in Miller's home studio. Miller did the mixing and producing.[17]

Robert Hunter[edit]

Lauderdale has often collaborated with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter.[17]

Lauderdale's first collaboration with Hunter was Headed for the Hills and the second was Patchwork River in May 2010. The June 2011 release Reason and Rhyme was their third collaboration. Additionally, they wrote songs for a North Mississippi Allstars record that was released in the fall of 2013.[9]

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 met in Nashville at the Americana Music Festival,[18] as well as Muscle Shoals musicians Spooner Oldham and David Hood. The album was recorded at their father Jim Dickinson's studio, Zebra Ranch in Mississippi.[18]

2013's Blue Moon Junction features Lauderdale's work as a singer and songwriter, some of them co-written with Hunter in a solo, acoustic format. Lauderdale produced the record.[18] Lauderdale says that they have more material that might make a good follow-up album, and hopes they will have time to collaborate again soon.[17]

Nick Lowe[edit]

Lauderdale said he worked on a yet to be released record with Nick Lowe's band during a time he spent in England.[17]

The Jim Lauderdale Phenomenon[edit]

The term "the Jim Lauderdale Phenomenon", coined by singer-songwriter Kim Richey and cited in an April 2000 article in The Tennessean by writer Peter Cooper, is an ironic reference to the fact that Lauderdale was nominated for a Grammy for his work with 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.[19][20] The article notes that many country artists that were signed to major labels in the 1990s failed to get radio airtime and had their contracts dropped after making one or two albums.[19] The problem became endemic in Nashville during this period, when a lot of good music was being created and recorded, but the megastars dominated the airwaves.[21]

Discography[edit]

Lauderdale has had a long-time, successful[14] 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.[10][22]

Songwriting[edit]

  • 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[2]
  • 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 Broken Hearts"

Albums[edit]

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
2002 The Hummingbirds Dualtone
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)
2006 Bluegrass Yep Roc
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
2014 I'm a Song Sky Crunch Records

Singles[edit]

Year Single US Country Album
1988 "Stay Out of My Arms" 86 Point of No Return
1989 "Lucky 13"
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[edit]

Year Single Artist Album
2009 "Love's Gonna Live Here" Tanya Tucker My Turn

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1989 "Lucky 13"
1991 "Maybe
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

Contributions[edit]

  • 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"

Other activities[edit]

Lauderdale has hosted the Americana Music Awards since winning their first Artist of the Year and Song of the Year awards in 2002.[23] He was a judge for the second,[24] 10th and 11th[25] annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists' careers. He is 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", a weekly Americana music show broadcast live on 94.5 Hippie Radio from the The Factory at Franklin just outside of Nashville.[9]

Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts[edit]

A documentary film called Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts, directed by Jeremy Dylan, was released in 2013. Using interviews with Elvis Costello, Buddy Miller, John Oates, Gary Allan, Tony Brown, and Jerry Douglas, the film describes Lauderdale's successes and failures as a recording artist.[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Wilbur Lauderdale Obituary". The Greenville News. 8 September 2004. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Shone, Mark (2012). Michael McCall, ed. The Encyclopedia of Country Music (2nd ed.). Oxford, MS: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199920839. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Dye, David (11 April 2013). "Buddy Miller And Jim Lauderdale On World Cafe" (AUDIO INTERVIEW). NPR. National Public Radio. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Barbara Hobson Lauderdale (July 10, 1930 - 8 March 2011)". Chandler-Jackson Funeral Home and Cremation Services. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Barbara Lauderdale Obituary". The Greenville News. 9 March 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Barbara Hobson Lauderdale (Find A Grave Memorial# 114878601)". Find A Grave. 3 August 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c "Wilbur "Chap" Chapman Lauderdale (August 29, 1924 - 7 September 2004)". Chandler-Jackson Funeral Home and Cremation Services. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Dr W. C. (Chap) Lauderdale (Find A Grave Memorial# 9454068)". Find A Grave. 12 September 2004. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c Lane, Baron (10 May 2013). "A Song of Perseverance – An Interview With Jim Lauderdale". Twang Nation. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h 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. 
  11. ^ 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. 
  12. ^ Ochs, Meredith (12 December 2013). "For The Bloodiest Tales In American Music, A Revenge-Themed Sequel" (RADIO SHOW). All Things Considered. National Public Radio. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  13. ^ a b "Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale: Tiny Desk Concert" (VIDEO PERFORMANCE AND INTERVIEW). Tiny Desk Concert. National Public Radio. 13 May 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  14. ^ a b Winkworth, Bruce. "Go to the Country, Turn Left". The Music Monitor. Archived from the original on 6 November 2006. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  15. ^ Netherland, Tom (9 January 2014). "Lauderdale brings new tunes, standbys to town". Tri Cities - Bristol Herald Courier (Bristol, VA). Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  16. ^ "Laura Cantrell to Release New Album No Way There From Here, 1/28; Plays Joe's Pub in NYC, 1/29". Broadway World. 7 January 2014. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  17. ^ a b c d e Zimmerman, Lee (19 February 2014). "Jim Lauderdale: "Slugging Along and Slugging It Out"". Miami New Times. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  18. ^ a b c Atkinson, Brian T. (9 January 2014). "Jim Lauderdale Teams Up for New Albums, Grammy Nod". CMT Edge. Viacom / Country Music Television, Inc. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  19. ^ a b Cooper, Peter. "Without 'star-level' clout, Lauderdale released from RCA". The Tennessean. Archived from the original on 21 February 2001. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  20. ^ Kelly, James. "Music: Jim Lauderdale, Whisper". Creative Loafing. Archived from the original on 22 February 2001. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  21. ^ Rowland, Hobart (May 21, 1998). "Pen pal: Jim Lauderdale is the write man in the wrong place". Dallas Observer. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  22. ^ "Jim Lauderdale - Credits - Writing & Arrangement". Discogs. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  23. ^ Durchholz, Daniel (29 September 2014). "Jim Lauderdale Reflects on Legendary, 'Left of Center' Career". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  24. ^ Independent Music Awards - Past Judges
  25. ^ "11th Annual IMA Judges. Independent Music Awards. Retrieved on 4 Sept. 2013.
  26. ^ "About the Film". Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 

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