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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