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    Jim Lauderdale - USA
Grammy Award Winner 2008
Best Bluegrass Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)
The Bluegrass Diaries
Jim Lauderdale
[Yep Roc Records]
Lauderdale was presented with the Best Bluegrass Album award for his album
The Bluegrass Diaries. This is the second time Lauderdale has been honoured
by the prestigious award, following his 2002 win for his collaboration with
the legendary Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys on Lost In The
Lonesome Pines.
Karl Broadie and Jim Lauderdale - Photo Courtesy of Wendy Broome
Jim Lauderdale and Adam Harvey Tamworth Festival 2007
Jim Lauderdale - from Nashville to Tamworth
Grammy-winning international star on The Family stage in Tamworth
The Pub Group is proud to present two concerts by Grammy Award-winning Nashville recording artist, Jim Lauderdale, during the 2007 Tamworth Country Music Festival.

The concerts will be staged in Doms Room at The Family Hotel at 8pm Friday, January 26 and 9.30pm Saturday, January 27. For the uninitiated, attending a Jim Lauderdale concert is truly an event that must be experienced to be appreciated. He’s widely known as “the writer’s writer”, having penned hits for George Strait, George Jones, Vince Gill, Patty Loveless, the Dixie Chicks and more. Even in Nashville, a city teeming with talent, Jim Lauderdale is unique.

He came to Music City, not as a kid off the Greyhound with stars in his eyes, but as a singer and songwriter who had already begun a promising career. Once arrived, he became a high-profile performer while at the same time building his reputation as a songwriter of renown. By 2002, Lauderdale’s collaboration with Ralph Stanley, Lost in the Lonesome Pines, garnered him a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album of the Year, and he was presented with both the Americana Music Association’s Artist of the Year Award and Song of the Year. Pundits in the know took note early of Lauderdale’s appeal. Jim Macnie suggests – correctly – on allmusic.com that “if every Nashville singing star had to cut at least one Lauderdale song, country wouldn’t be the Chumpville that it is these days.” The Nashville Scene classifies him as “a hip country chameleon.” And Entertainment Weekly lauds his ability to make his songs “ache, bend, snort, and moan in a way no one else does.”

All of this suggests that Lauderdale isn’t an artist you can file easily into any one category. And now, with his simultaneous release of two new albums, different in style yet equal in their excellence, this point is made clearer than ever. On Bluegrass, a collection of tunes written alone or with co-writers like Buddy Miller, John Leventhal, Joe Henry, and Leslie Satcher, Lauderdale assembles an all-star lineup of musicians who know their way around the banjo and fiddle, and invests this traditional music with the creative chops that have made him a fixture along Music Row. And on Country Super Hits Volume 1, he pairs with another respected writer, Odie Blackmon (also his co-producer on this project), to create a selection of tunes that capture the essence of classic honky-tonk and mainstream country, right down to the jukebox glow and the last-call bouquet of whiskey and beer.

As with all of Lauderdale’s work, from Planet of Love, his critic-dazzling debut in 1991, through Headed for the Hills, his epic collaboration in 2004 with Grateful Dead lyrical wizard Robert Hunter, Bluegrass and Country Super Hits Volume 1 make a strong initial impression and grow richer with repetition. The point is that, as compelling as this music is when heard for the first time, there’s plenty going on below the surface too. Ask Lauderdale about this, and his answer is unexpected yet right on the button: “I think there are more similarities than differences between these two albums,” he says. “These songs could go either way. The bluegrass stuff could be cut by a country artist, and vice versa. To me, a good song is a good song, no matter how you do it.”

Tickets for Jim Lauderdale – Direct from Nashville, are $14.50 and can be purchased from Tourism Tamworth, www.visittamworth.com  or phone (02) 6767 5300. He will be supported by the 2007 Telstra Road to Tamworth winner and the 2007 TRTT Pub With No Beer Songwriter winner.
Anna Rose
The Pub Management
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