Bluegrass

Bluegrass

by Jim Lauderdale

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Overview

Bluegrass

One of the most reliable songwriters in the land (reliable, that is, for a tart melody and a smart lyric), Jim Lauderdale returns full bore to Bluegrass. While this long-player does not hit the impossible metaphysical highs of his celebrated collaborations with Ralph Stanley (1999's I Feel Like Singing Today and 2002's Grammy-winning Lost in the Pines), it's still a winning and frequently stirring exercise in the traditional style. For the most part, the songs are centered on love and its disintegrations, although some lovely shards of new light cut through here and there. With Bryan Sutton on lead guitar, Jason Stewart and David Talbot sharing banjo duties, Randy Korhs making dobro exclamations throughout, and multiple first-call mandolin and fiddle players, Lauderdale's instrumental support is impeccably nuanced: They limn the dark shadows suggested by the obsession Lauderdale admits to in a minor-key heart-tugger, "I Shouldn't Want You So Bad," and step it up and go when necessary, most impressively on a tersely articulated plea in "Don't Blame the Wrong Guy." Lauderdale, who wrote or co-wrote all the tunes, collaborates with Buddy Miller on one of his most affecting efforts to date, "Love in the Ruins," a mid-tempo tear-jerker that blurs the line between honky-tonk and bluegrass in a number that sounds tailor-made for Buck Owens in another time, another place.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/19/2006
Label: Yep Roc Records
UPC: 0634457213722
catalogNumber: 2137
Rank: 74504

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jim Lauderdale   Primary Artist
Dennis Crouch   Bass
Robert Jason   Vocal Harmony
Randy Kohrs   Dobro,Vocal Harmony
Bryan Sutton   Guitar
Jason Stewart   Banjo
David Talbot   Banjo
Josh Williams & High Gear   Mandolin
Justin Clark   Mandolin
Shad Cobb   Fiddle
Luke Bula   Fiddle
Jesse Cobb   Mandolin

Technical Credits

Jim Lauderdale   Composer,Producer
Tim Coats   Engineer
Jon Langford   Cover Illustration
Buddy Miller   Composer
Bil VornDick   Producer,Engineer
John Levanthal   Composer
Tony Villanueva   Composer
Randy Kohrs   Producer
Leslie Satcher   Composer

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