Country Super Hits, Vol. 1

Country Super Hits, Vol. 1

by Jim Lauderdale


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Country Super Hits, Vol. 1

Jim Lauderdale is both eclectic and prolific, working steadfastly within the Americana/ roots field, recording and releasing a slew of projects with everyone from bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley to jam band Donna the Buffalo. In his latest incarnation, he has simultaneously released two projects, one, Country Super Hits, Vol. 1, delving into classic honky tonk, the other, Bluegrass, delving deeply into country music's most rustic subgenre. On the first of these outings, Lauderdale shares co-writing credits with Odie Blackmon, Leslie Satcher, and Shawn Camp on a lucky 13, drawing deep from country music's roots. The "classic" sound is greatly aided by the ache in Lauderdale's vocals -- he sounds like a country boy -- and full-band arrangements that include steel, fiddle, and piano. What's the biggest difference between Lauderdale's country and yesteryear's? His lyrics, while generally mimicking older themes, avoid country's more absurd moments and metaphors (though "I Met Jesus in a Bar" comes close). Lauderdale and company also offer a roots sound that has more in common with neo-traditional honky tonk (think '80s) country than Hank Williams and Lefty Frizzell. This is a roundabout way of saying that Country Super Hits, Vol. 1 will never be confused with contemporary country, but neither will it be confused with the rustic sounds of Ernest Tubb. Yes, a song like "She's Got Some Magic Going On" does remind one of Buck Owens, but this is an exception. As with much of alternative country, there's always a question of whether the artist is repeating the past: classic honky tonk (from the '40s to the '80s), after all, is only an online order away. But alternative country fans will appreciate Lauderdale's refresher course on Country Super Hits, Vol. 1, and more than likely want to pick up the Bluegrass collection, too.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/19/2006
Label: Yep Roc Records
UPC: 0634457213623
catalogNumber: 2136
Rank: 96744

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jim Lauderdale   Primary Artist
Glen Duncan   Fiddle
Bobby Wood   Piano
Pat Buchanan   Electric Guitar
Shawn Camp   Acoustic Guitar,Fiddle
Jimmy Carter   Bass
Larry Franklin   Fiddle
John Gardner   Drums
Tony Harrell   Piano
John Jarvis   Piano
Gordon Mote   Piano
Alison Prestwood   Bass
Hank Singer   Fiddle
Robby Turner   Steel Guitar
Kenny Vaughan   Electric Guitar
Glenn Worf   Bass
Dave Roe Rorick   Bass
Pat McGrath   Acoustic Guitar
Chris Carmichael   Fiddle
Billy Thomas   Drums
Bryan Owings   Drums
Wes Hightower   Vocal Harmony
Perry Coleman   Vocal Harmony
Jared Reynolds   Vocal Harmony
Steven Sheehan   Acoustic Guitar
Mike Noble   Acoustic Guitar

Technical Credits

Jim Lauderdale   Composer,Producer
Shawn Camp   Composer,Producer
Tim Coats   Engineer
Chris Carmichael   String Arrangements
Jim Hsieh   Cover Illustration
Leslie Satcher   Composer,Producer
Odie Blackmon   Composer,Producer
Luke Wooten   Producer
Joey Turner   Engineer

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