Headed for the Hills

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Having collaborated on some fine songs with Robert Hunter in recent years, Jim Lauderdale goes the full monty on Headed for the Hills, delivering an entire album of co-writes with the Grateful Dead's lyricist. Now some country fans may find out what the Deadheads have known all along: Hunter's rusticism is bone-deep and true, and his lyrics are an uncanny blend of the rural and the surreal, with striking phrases coming out of nowhere to startle the senses. A bluegrass waltz such as "High Timberline" makes reference to "dancing white horses," but these steeds mutate from the literal to the symbolic by the end of the song. A stark, foreboding Civil War ballad, "Sandy Ford ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Having collaborated on some fine songs with Robert Hunter in recent years, Jim Lauderdale goes the full monty on Headed for the Hills, delivering an entire album of co-writes with the Grateful Dead's lyricist. Now some country fans may find out what the Deadheads have known all along: Hunter's rusticism is bone-deep and true, and his lyrics are an uncanny blend of the rural and the surreal, with striking phrases coming out of nowhere to startle the senses. A bluegrass waltz such as "High Timberline" makes reference to "dancing white horses," but these steeds mutate from the literal to the symbolic by the end of the song. A stark, foreboding Civil War ballad, "Sandy Ford Barbara Lee," finds a weary Confederate soldier longing for the girl he left behind, lamenting in his hour of need, "I have a face like Lincoln / If ugly was a crime..." Up to the final song, "Upside Down," the album is nothing less than an old-time string band tone poem performed by sterling pickers such as Tim O'Brien, Bryan Sutton, and Darrell Scott. Emmylou Harris supplies the ethereal harmonies on "High Timberline," Allison Moorer adds her scintillating, bluesy come-on to three tunes, and Gillian Welch and Buddy Miller sit in at other junctures. Lauderdale, his keening mountain drawl in full flower, steps it up a bit on "Upside Down," which also features Donna the Buffalo adding a clattering grace note to a collection of songs vintage in feel only. Listen up: When he gets going, Hunter can be as labyrinthine as Umberto Eco, and that possibility alone makes Headed for the Hills worth digging into.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
One of the most immediately notable things about the ever-prolific Jim Lauderdale's Headed for the Hills is who's not listed on the cover: lyricist Robert Hunter. Hunter does not perform on the set, but he co-wrote every song. If you are incredulous in wondering why Hunter should receive a billing credit, the answer is simple: there is an elegance and beauty to this album that would never have existed without him. Lauderdale is a fine songwriter, but he does not possess the romantic historical classicism and formalism that Hunter does. In fact, with the possible exception of Bob Dylan, no one in American roots music does. On first listen, what grips the listener is how much of a piece these songs are. They feel like a song cycle of life slices from the rural edges of American life. Rich with guitars, fiddles, harmony vocals, mandolins, and a distinct lack of drums, this is back porch, Saturday night music, played among friends while observing the passing day, the surrounding terrain, legends, and the places in the heart that are not easily given over to conversation. Hunter is a master at communicating the interconnectedness of all three; he has the ability to make the commonplace epic, which he does with Lauderdale's stunning, out-of-antiquity melodies. But this is a stretch for Hunter too; there is no slow California stroll in his approach because Lauderdale's melodies are rooted in the urgency of rural and mountain music from the Civil War as well as modern bluegrass and antiquated American folk songs derived from Anglo-Celtic balladry. Lauderdale understands tradition in a way few modern songwriters do -- he's not interested in taming it for the sake of palatability, or taking away its weird, unsettling alien power. There are a boatload of guests on this set, including instrumentalists Darrell Scott, Tim O'Brien, Donna the Buffalo, and David Rawlings, as well as singers Buddy Miller, Gillian Welch, Emmylou Harris, and Allison Moorer. While there are at least three core bands on these sessions, almost all the songs feel like they were recorded in a single session with the exception of the closer, "Upside Down," with Donna the Buffalo providing their own quirky brand of accompaniment. While there are no throwaway tracks, standouts include "Paint and Glass," "Headed for the Hills," "Tales From the Sad Hotel," "High Timberline," and "Joanne."
Tracks - Holly George-Warren
Headed for the Hills makes for a breathtaking journey.

Headed for the Hills makes for a breathtaking journey.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/2004
  • Label: Dualtone Music Group
  • UPC: 803020115521
  • Catalog Number: 1155

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jim Lauderdale Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Emmylou Harris Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Bucky Baxter Dobro, Mandolin, Pedal Steel Guitar
Tim Coats Keyboards, Harmony, Vocal Harmony
Byron House Bass, Guitar
Buddy Miller Vocal Harmony
Jim Miller Guitar
Tara Nevins Fiddle
Tim O'Brien Mandolin
Jeb Puryear Guitar
Darrell Scott Guitar
Jay Vern Overdubs
Pat McGrath Guitar
Gillian Welch Vocal Harmony
David Rawlings Guitar
Richie Stearns Keyboards
Randy Kohrs Dobro, Vocal Harmony
Bryan Sutton Guitar
Donna the Buffalo Guest Appearance
Allison Moorer Vocal Harmony
Justin Clark Mandolin
Luke Bula Fiddle
Jed Greenberg Bass
Ollie OShea Fiddle
Luke Bula Fiddle
Tom Gilbert Drums
Jay Weaver Bass
Technical Credits
Jim Lauderdale Composer, Producer
Robert Hunter Songwriter, Composer, Lyric Poetry
Tim Coats Producer, Engineer
Jim DeMain Mastering
Sandy Ford Engineer
Bil VornDick Engineer
Tim Truman Illustrations
Gina R. Binkley Art Direction
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