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You may not recognize Jim Lauderdale's name, but you almost certainly know his songs. The ever-expanding group that has covered his tunes includes Patty Loveless, Vince Gill and George Strait. But if a guy is this high in demand as a songwriter-for-hire, he must not have nearly enough other original material to record on his own albums, right? Apparently, such is not the case for the unusually prolific Lauderdale because he has just released two - count 'em two - new CDs simultaneously on Yep  ...
Jim Lauderdale didn't exactly intend to release two new albums at the same time, but he's not unhappy with the way things worked out. His second collaboration with Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, "Lost In The Lonesome Pines," comes out hot on the heels of the bluegrass patriarch's surprise capture of the Country Male Vocal Performance Grammy for his "Oh Death" contribution to the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack. And Lauderdale's decision to delay release of "The  ...
Jim Lauderdale certainly is experienced when it comes to record labels - like Atlantic, Warner, RCA and Rounder for starters. But the man better known for his songwriting (just ask George Strait who has recorded 12 Lauderdale songs) than for his own career changed that route with "The Other Sessions." His latest, which maintains soulful sounding vocals amidst songs that often harken back to country of yesteryear, was put out by one of the newest Nashville labels, DualTone. Lauderdale says the decision to go with the label that is also home to folks like Radney Foster and David Ball was a simple one.  ...
In his many musical incarnations, Jim Lauderdale has been a maverick, a journeyman, an ace session player and an oft-desired songwriter. He just hasn't been a star, at least not in the traditional sense. With two new albums in stores and a host of his songs being picked up by other country artists, that situation may be moot. The Nashville denizen, who mixes straightahead country with clever songwriting tricks and a voice just this side of Roy Orbison, has not one but two musical projects  ...
As the war between mainstream and alternative country rages on, Jim Lauderdale ranks as perhaps its greatest double agent. Not only has he successfully infiltrated both sides, but he has done so while remaining anonymous to the general public. Lauderdale has achieved his success as a songwriter. He has had seven songs on George Strait albums (with an eighth on the way). He has also had hits by Patty Loveless, Mark Chesnutt and Vince Gill. On the alternative side, he had three songs on Joy Lynn White's "The Lucky Few," the first two cuts on Mandy Barnett's debut and a bunch of cuts by his former mate Buddy Miller. Among many others.  ...

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