Jim Lauderdale is a multi-talented performer and songwriter, with successes in both country and bluegrass music. His roots stem from the Carolinas, yet his career has taken him all over the United States and abroad, making him an international recording artist with an ever-growing fan base. Jim won Artist of the Year and Song of the Year at the first Honors and Awards Show held by the Americana Music Association in 2002. Subsequently, he has hosted this same show for the last seven years.
He is among Nashville's "A" list of songwriters, with songs recorded by artists such as: Patty Loveless, George Jones, The Dixie Chicks, Solomon Burke, Mark Chesnutt, Dave Edmunds, John Mayall, Kathy Mattea, Lee Ann Womack, Gary Allan, Blake Shelton. Vince Gill, and George Strait. He also contributed several songs to the successful soundtrack of the George Strait film, Pure Country. Not content to just write hits for the stars, he's toured with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rhonda Vincent, and Elvis Costello, among others.
Jim's musical influences include the legendary Dr. Ralph Stanley and George Jones. These influences and his unique sense of melody and lyric help forge a sound that is truly his own. He is a 2 time Grammy winner, winning his first in 2002 with Dr. Ralph Stanley for "Lost in the Lonesome Pines" (Dualtone). His next one came for his second "solo" bluegrass album, "The Bluegrass Diaries" (Yep Roc 2007) at the 50th Grammy Awards! His first CD with Dr. Stanley, "I Feel Like Singing Today" ( Dualtone/Rebel 1999) received a Grammy nomination as did his first solo bluegrass CD titled "Bluegrass"(Yep Roc) from 2006.
As a performer his credits include production, writing and collaborating on albums such as, Wait 'Til Spring (2003) with Donna the Buffalo, and Headed for the Hills (2004) with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. The remainder of Jim's 17 albums include: Planet of Love (1991), Pretty Close to the Truth (1994), Every Second Counts (1995), Persimmons (1998), Whisper (1998), Onward Through It All (1999), The Other Sessions (2001), The Hummingbirds (2002), Bluegrass (2006), Country Super Hits, Volume 1 (2006), Honey Songs (2008), and Could We Get Any Closer? (2009).
For Jim's latest album, Patchwork River (out 5/11!), he teams up with longtime Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter.
Also catch him on 5/21 at Noe Valley Ministry in SF.
Added by Amoeba Music Hollywood on May 10, 2010