Jim Lauderdale, released a video his new song "Cackalacky" from his upcoming bluegrass album, "When Carolina Comes Homes Again," out March 27 on Yep Roc Records.
Written with North Carolina songwriter/activist Si Kahn that declares North Carolina "always means home sweet home," "Cackalacky," is the latest track unveiled from Lauderdale's 33rd album.
"Si Kahn is a national treasure," said Lauderdale. "I've wanted to write with him for a long time, especially after talking about it for years at MerleFest and IBMA. I'm so proud and happy to have written this song of Carolina with him, and I hope this will be the first of many songs with Si."
"North Carolina has such a long and important heritage in bluegrass music," Lauderdale said. "Since it's where I'm originally from and where I started playing bluegrass, it seemed right to go back to my roots in bluegrass there and collaborate with musicians in that area. There's just something in the atmosphere there. Hearing bluegrass in different areas and settings in North Carolina, the music is just there in the air. The first bluegrass festival I ever went to was Union Grove when I was 14, and it blew my mind. The music got into my bones, and I just had to get a banjo."
The album follows 2019's "From Another World." Recorded at Echo Mountain Recording in Asheville, N.C., the 13-track album features instrumental accompaniment from various members of North Caroline-based acts, including Balsam Range, Cane Mill Road, Hank Pattie and the Current, John Stickley, Songs From The Road Band, Steep Canyon Rangers, and Town Mountain; as well as Matt Pruett (banjo); Pattie Hopkins Kinlaw (fiddle); Aaron Ramsey (mandolin); Nick Dauphinais and Presley Barker on guitars.
The album includes co-writes including John Oates on the title track, the late Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter on, "As A Sign," Songs From The Road Band bassist Charles R. Humphrey III ("Misery's Embrace," "The Last To Know," "You'll Have To Earn It"), Steep Canyon Rangers banjo player Graham Sharp ("It Takes One To Wonder"), Logan Ledger ("Better Than You Found It") and Sara Douga ("I'm Here To Remind You")
Lauderdale is touring mainly on the west coast in May.
Tour dates are:
May 3 -- TBC - Kansas City, MO
May 6 - Tractor Tavern - Seattle, WA
May 7 - White Eagle Saloon - Portland, OR
May 9 - Domino Room - Bend, OR
May 10 - Goldfield Trading Post - Sacramento, CA
May 14 - The Wayfarer - Costa Mesa, CA
May 15 - Zebulon - Los Angeles, CA
May 16 - Hotel Congress - Tucson, AZ
The track list is:
1. When Carolina Comes Home Again - John Oates and Jim Lauderdale
2. As A Sign - Robert Hunter and Jim Lauderdale
3. Misery's Embrace - Charles R. Humphrey III and Jim Lauderdale
4. The Last To Know - Charles R. Humphrey III and Jim Lauderdale
5. It Takes One To Wonder - Graham Sharp and Jim Lauderdale
6. Cackalacky - Si Kahn and Jim Lauderdale
7. You'll Have To Earn It - Charles R. Humphrey III and Jim Lauderdale
8. You've Got This - Jim Lauderdale
Mountaineer - Jim Lauderdale
10. I'm Here To Remind You - Sara Douga and Jim Lauderdale
11. Moonrider - Jim Lauderdale
12. Spin A Yarn - Jim Lauderdale
13. Better Than You Found It - Logan Ledger and Jim Lauderdale
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