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Other Sessions
     

The Other Sessions

by Jim Lauderdale
 
Coming off his powerful bluegrass album with Ralph Stanley, I Feel Like Singing Today, Jim Lauderdale continues making a stand for tradition with The Other Sessions, a rock-solid excursion through hard country. Augmenting a basic band with fiddles and pedal steel, Lauderdale keeps

Overview

Coming off his powerful bluegrass album with Ralph Stanley, I Feel Like Singing Today, Jim Lauderdale continues making a stand for tradition with The Other Sessions, a rock-solid excursion through hard country. Augmenting a basic band with fiddles and pedal steel, Lauderdale keeps it lean and mean on standout tracks like the atmospheric weeper "Honky-Tonk Haze" and the prototypical honky-tonk love ballad, "I'd Follow You Anywhere," which is graced with simple, straightforward lyrical vows of devotion, sealed tight with a plaintive, high-lonesome vocal. Along the way there's also a worthy contribution to a venerable subgenre by way of the steady-rolling "Diesel Diesel Diesel," in which a big-rigger jams gears like crazy to get back home to his baby. And in an amusing nod to one of the patron saints of this music, the boozy, Bakersfield-styled tearjerker "Merle World" recounts the slow dissolution of a fellow drowning in Haggard-like sorrow after losing his girl. Tough and uncompromising, but always with a tender heart, The Other Sessions finds Lauderdale doing it his way, and that's a boon to country music.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
When Jim Lauderdale issued his 1991 masterpiece Planet of Love, the critics were falling all over themselves proclaiming him the king of progressive country who was ushering in the era of Americana. He wrote songs for everyone from Kathy Mattea to the glorious Patty Loveless to the two "Georges": Jones and Strait. Ten years later, Lauderdale's made almost as many records of all kinds of music, from rootsy rock to slick, funked-up country to a bluegrass album with Ralph Stanley. All of them had their moments, and most of them were good, but until now he's never issued a record as pure and solid as The Other Sessions. It's a 12-pack of hardcore, honky tonk country songs written in the tradition of Merle Haggard, Hank Thompson, Bobby Bare, and Del Reeves. And it should, since 11 of the 12 tunes were co-written with country stalwarts like Reeves, Harlan Howard, Melba Montgomery, Kostas, and Clay Blaker. But it doesn't end with the songs. The musicians on this set read like a who's who of contemporary music -- country and otherwise. There's Billy Bremner from Rockpile, pedal steel god Bucky Baxter, Stan Lynch from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Reese Wynans, Tammy Rodgers, Roy Huskey, Jr., Pat Buchanan -- and that's not even half of the musicians involved. The quality lies in Lauderdale's delivery as both a singer and a visionary. He takes hard country songs, plays them the hard country way, and makes them sound as contemporary as the latest Nelly record. There isn't a fusion or crossover bone in the guy's body, but he can make any rock & roll fan fall head over heels for these tracks. The best stuff here -- the truck rock anthem "Diesel, Diesel, Diesel," the wine-swilling "Honky Tonk Haze," and the deep, down-in-the-flesh love song "Just to Get to You," co-written with Montgomery -- will be covered by others but never with as much raw gumption and swagger. This is the country record Elvis Presley could never have made though he wanted to, and it's the rock record Haggard's been trying make since the '80s. None of the alt-country, "americorna" kids can touch this because it's not about riffs and postures, it's about craft and vision. The Other Sessions is one of the finest hard country records to be issued since the 1960s. Period. It's also the new watermark by which Lauderdale has to judge himself. Forget Americana -- this is country music.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/12/2001
Label:
Dualtone Music Group
UPC:
0803020110120
catalogNumber:
1101

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Performance Credits

Jim Lauderdale   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Glen Duncan   Fiddle
Bucky Baxter   Pedal Steel Guitar
Billy Bremner   Electric Guitar
Mike Brignardello   Bass
Pat Buchanan   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Daryl Burgess   Drums
John Gardner   Drums
Sonny Garrish   Pedal Steel Guitar
Randy Hardison   Drums
Tony Harrell   Piano
Larry Knechtel   Piano
Stan Lynch   Drums
Greg Morrow   Drums
Alison Prestwood   Bass
Carmella Ramsey   Background Vocals
Vince Santoro   Drums
Garry Tallent   Bass
Robby Turner   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar
Greg Wetzel   Piano
Glenn Worf   Bass
Roy Huskey   Bass
Pat McGrath   Acoustic Guitar
Tammy Rodgers   Fiddle
Kelvin Grant   Bass
Billy Thomas   Drums
Leslie Satcher   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Julie Reeves   Background Vocals,Harmony
Steve Allen   Acoustic Guitar
Victor Battista   Bass
Steven Sheehan   Acoustic Guitar
Jack Solomon   Acoustic Guitar

Technical Credits

Jim Lauderdale   Producer
Tim Coats   Producer,Engineer
Glenn Worf   Tic Tac
Mike McCarthy   Engineer
Luke Wooten   Producer

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