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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Jim Lauderdale is something of an enigma. He makes modern country music that comes disguised as bluegrass, but it has little in common with what used to be called "newgrass." Newgrass bands like the Country Gentlemen, the Seldom Scene,, and the New Grass Revival expanded bluegrass' boundaries by covering rock and pop tunes, or by dressing like hippies and adding drums and electric instruments to the mix. What Lauderdale does is fundamentally different: he adds complexity to the traditional bluegrass formula, infuses it with a decidedly honky tonk spirit, and thereby creates something new that neither condescends to bluegrass tradition nor waters down its essential ...
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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Jim Lauderdale is something of an enigma. He makes modern country music that comes disguised as bluegrass, but it has little in common with what used to be called "newgrass." Newgrass bands like the Country Gentlemen, the Seldom Scene,, and the New Grass Revival expanded bluegrass' boundaries by covering rock and pop tunes, or by dressing like hippies and adding drums and electric instruments to the mix. What Lauderdale does is fundamentally different: he adds complexity to the traditional bluegrass formula, infuses it with a decidedly honky tonk spirit, and thereby creates something new that neither condescends to bluegrass tradition nor waters down its essential elements. Consider "I Took a Liking to You," the track that opens this album: over what sounds at first like a head-long, straight-up bluegrass backing, Lauderdale sings an almost laconic lyric in half time while banjo wizard Scott Vestal veers slyly from Earl Scruggs banjo clich├ęs to flowery chromaticism and back again. The slow-burning Calico sounds something like a Ralph Stanley tribute, while "That's Why I'm Here with You" is a lovely, lilting acoustic Western swing number. "Lead Me" is a gospel number with a slightly sardonic edge "Are you up there laughing at my plans?", while the title track is simply a breathtakingly perfect country song. Lauderdale is in the process of creating something entirely new using elements that are entirely traditional and familiar -- it's a thrilling process to watch, and it results in songs that are a joy to listen to.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/18/2009
  • Label: Sky Crunch Records
  • UPC: 641444044221
  • Catalog Number: 442
  • Sales rank: 128,967

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jim Lauderdale Primary Artist
Terry Baucom Banjo
Ned Luberecki Vocal Harmony
Adam Steffey Mandolin
Scott Vestal Banjo
Josh Williams Mandolin
Charlie Cushman Banjo
Tim Crouch Fiddle
Cody Kilby Acoustic Guitar
Randy Kohrs Guitar (Resonator), Vocal Harmony
Clay Hess Acoustic Guitar
Josh Williams & High Gear Mandolin
Ashley Brown Fiddle, Vocal Harmony
Aaron Till Fiddle
Richard Bailey Banjo
Jesse Cobb Mandolin
Stephen Mougin Vocal Harmony
Candace Randolph Vocal Harmony
Bryn Davies Bass, Cello
Jay Weaver Bass
Candace Randolph Vocal Harmony
Ollie O'Shea Fiddle
Technical Credits
Jim Lauderdale Composer
Robert Hunter Composer
Shawn Camp Composer
Randy LeRoy Mastering
Randy Kohrs Producer, Engineer
Odie Blackmon Composer
Candace Randolph Composer
Michael Latterell Engineer
Candace Randolph Composer
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