Jim Lauderdale - Onward Through It All
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Onward Through It All (RCA, 1999)

Jim Lauderdale

Reviewed by Holly Gleason

Jim Lauderdale has long been a standard bearer for the future of Bakersfield's legacy. A songwriter who's supplied tradition-steeped hits for George Strait, Patty Loveless and Mark Chesnutt, the North Carolina-born artist knows one can stretch the limits of hardcore country if one isn't ashamed of the roots - the aching steel, the raucous shuffles, the weepy fiddles and pained ballads - with an infusion of verve, passion and experimentation.

Using slightly attenuated lyric lines, Lauderdale's songs have an offbeat characteristic that catches your ear - whether it's the bouncing norteno-country of "Please Be San Antone" or the ardent pledge of knowing someone long before the introduction of "I've Already Loved You" - and a delivery that offers the ease of conversation. For Lauderdale, songs are two-way communication, whether the dialogue is real time or not.

Working with co-producer Tim Coats, there are no rules, except an easy-going musical interaction that underscores the songs' intentions. At times, the twang is turned up, at others, it's merely subliminal; but always his heart's on his sleeve and there's a song on his lips that make all the world a whole lot more like Bakersfield.

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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