Jim Lauderdale - Bluegrass
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Bluegrass (Yep Roc, 2006)

Jim Lauderdale

Reviewed by Stuart Munro

Jim Lauderdale has recorded bluegrass before, teaming with Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys for two albums, but this is his first solo foray in the genre.

It sounds like he's been there all his life. He adopts a rawer singing style for the material, but his singular songwriting remains the same; lyrically, these are songs that would be at home on any Lauderdale record, even as he writes them to bluegrass forms. There are a handful of collaborations here (although fewer than on the record's country sibling), among them a couple of surprising names in Joe Henry and former Derailer Tony Villeneuva, and his teamwork with Leslie Satcher produces a couple of gems - "Who's Leavin' Who," an exercise in black humor that finds its protaganist sitting in a diner, asking "why's everybody starin' like they've never seen pajama on a fool," and "There Goes Bessie Brown," a spooky backwoods tale. The playing of the cohorts he's assembled for the record, among them Dobro master Randy Kohrs, David Talbot from The Grascals, guitar virtuoso Bryan Sutton, and Jesse Cobb from rising outfit The Stringdusters, is superb.

CDs by Jim Lauderdale

Hope, 2021 When Carolina Comes Homes Again, 2020 From Another World, 2019 Time Flies, 2018 This Changes Everything, 2016 Soul Searching, 2015 I'm A Song, 2014 Blue Moon Junction, 2013 Old Time Angels, 2013 Carolina Moonrise: Bluegrass Songs by Robert Hunter and Jim Lauderdale, 2012 Reason and Rhyme, 2011 Patchwork River, 2010 Honey Songs, 2008 The Bluegrass Diaries, 2007 Bluegrass, 2006 Country Super Hits! Vol 1, 2006

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