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Lauderdale, Shires, Hot Rize release new discs

Friday, August 3, 2018 – Jim Lauderdale, Amanda Shires and veteran new grass band Hot Rize are out with discs today.

Make that two, in the case of Lauderdale. He is out with new album, "Jim Lauderdale and Roland White," which is very old and "Time Flies." These are Lauderdale's 30th and 31st albums and mark a return to the YepRoc label. "Time Flies" finds Lauderdale incorporating country and soulful sounds. He produced the disc along with Jay Weaver at Nashville's Blackbird Studio and House of Blues Studios. The collaboration with White was a previously unreleased first full-length record, a collection of classic bluegrass recorded in the basement of Earl and Louise Scruggs' Nashville home in the summer of 1979 and then lost for nearly four decades. Lauderdale was new to town, while White was already a true bluegrass legend, known for his mastery of the mandolin and foundation of such groups as The Kentucky Colonels and Country Gazette. The master tapes went missing for 39 years and were only recently rediscovered at the bottom of a box by White's wife.

Amanda Shires has enjoyed her own career, while also playing fiddle in husband Jason Isbell's 400 Unit backing band. "To the Sunset" is Shires' second disc with uber producer Dave Cobb at the helm. Recorded at RCA Studio A in Nashville, Shires is joined on this new album by special guests including Isbell (guitar), Cobb (bass) Peter Levin (keys), and Jerry Pentecost (drums). The new release is the follow-up to "My Piece of Land" from 2016.

"Hot Rize 40th Anniversary Bash, was recorded live at Boulder Theatre in Boulder, Col. over the course of three sold-out shows in January. Hot Rize (Nick Forster on bass, Pete Wernick on banjo, Tim O'Brien on mandolin and fiddle and Bryan Sutton on guitar) were joined by longtime musical friends Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan and Sam Bush. Hot Rize has struck a balance between traditional and experimental bluegrass.

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When Carolina Comes Homes Again CD review - When Carolina Comes Homes Again
Jim Lauderdale is one of those artists who's pretty renowned amongst the famous, but not widely known to the public. In a never-say-die career (this is his 33rd album!), he did bag two Grammys and probably logged enough road miles to get to the moon. This is the "homecoming" record for the North Carolina native. He's enlisted other Tar Heel talent like Steep Canyon Rangers and Balsam Range to assist with the proceedings. And it's always a treat (first single "As A »»»
From Another World CD review - From Another World
Following the passing of the late, great James Brown, there are those that have argued that Jim Lauderdale rightfully deserves to inherit the title of the hardest working man in show business. And for good reason. An avowed and industrious multi-tasker, Lauderdale never rests, a habit that once resulted not only in his decision to release several albums in a single year, but more remarkably, multiple albums all at one time. Suffice it to say that Lauderdale has never adhered to the old adage »»»
Time Flies CD review - Time Flies
Americana's most prolific artist has delivered another strong set of performances. Jim Lauderdale's signature singing manner, distinctively unhurried with elongated phrasing emphasized in nearly every song, may turn-off some - but if you haven't come under his spell by now, there isn't much chance of conversion as we head toward the 30th anniversary of "Planet Of Love." For the rest of us, "Time Flies" causes...well time to fly. "The road is a river, »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: The Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
Concert Review: White makes the case for himself, no matter how dark the music – John Paul White opined with a glint in his eyes that his songs were not of the uplifting variety. In fact, they were downright dark. How else to explain "The Long Way" with the line "long way home back to you." Or "James," a song inspired by his grandfather who suffered from dementia. But lest you think that the Alabama... »»»
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