Jim Lauderdale - Honey Songs
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Honey Songs (Yep Roc, 2008)

Jim Lauderdale

Reviewed by Brian Baker

If Jim Lauderdale isn't the most visionary country artist working right now, he must certainly be considered the most prolific. With this release, the second of three albums Lauderdale will offer within nine months time, he proves to be both. Coming between the already released (and patently excellent) "The Bluegrass Diaries" and an upcoming collaboration with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter, "Honey Songs" is more than just Lauderdale's latest classic country offering, it's a red carpet line-up of musical talent assembled to perform some of the songwriter's finest original compositions to date.

The aptly named "Dream Players" finds Lauderdale fronting veteran players who have supported Elvis Presley (guitar legend James Burton, pianist Glen D. Hardin, drummer Ron Tutt), Gram Parsons and the Flying Burrito Brothers (steel pedal icon Al Perkins) and Bruce Springsteen (bassist Garry Tallent), as well as a veritable who's who of vocalists (Emmylou Harris, Patty Loveless, Buddy Miller and Kelly Hogan among them).

Lauderdale gives this all star collection a top notch set of songs worthy of their stellar reputations, from the double clutch swing of "Stingray" to the haunting country blues of "It's Finally Sinking In" to the Marshall Crenshaw-channels-George Jones swagger of "I Hope You're Happy" to the Johnny Cash-flecked "The Daughter of Majestic Sage." With Lauderdale's stacked deck of great songs and unbeatable musical accompaniment, "Honey Songs" lives up to its sweet, smooth and irresistibly delicious name.

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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