Jim Lauderdale

Jim Lauderdale

born on 11/4/1957 in Statesville, North Carolina, United States

Jim Lauderdale

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Jim Lauderdale
Born April 11 1957
Troutman, North Carolina United States
Genres Bluegrass, country
Occupations Musician, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, Guitar
Labels Sky Crunch
Website Jim Lauderdale.com

Jim Lauderdale is a musician & singer-songwriter who performs bluegrass and country music. He has recorded since 1986 and has released nineteen studio albums. Artists who have recorded his material include George Strait and Patty Loveless.


Lauderdale was born in Troutman, North Carolina on April 11, 1957. His father, the late W.C. Lauderdale, was a minister and his mother is a retired music teacher now living in Due West, SC. He played drums in high school, and after he graduated, he decided to become a solo performer in New York. He began singing backing vocals for various artists including Carlene Carter and Dwight Yoakam before scoring it big in Nashville after writing hits for George Strait, the Dixie Chicks, Patty Loveless, and more. His solo 1990s recordings have gained him much critical acclaim and a loyal cult following. In 2003, Lauderdale was joined by roots/jam band Donna the Buffalo on the album Wait 'Til Spring.

Jim Lauderdale has hosted the Americana Music Awards for the last seven years, and won their first Artist of the Year and Song of the Year awards in 2002. He was also a judge for the 2nd and 10th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists' careers.[1] He is also Honorary Chairperson for the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest each April at MerleFest in Wilkesboro, NC. His 2002 album, Lost in the Lonesome Pines, a collaboration with Ralph Stanley, won the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album that year. His The Bluegrass Diaries won the same award in 2008. In 2007, he began a collaboration with Larry Campbell, the band Olabelle and others in the "American Beauty Project", a loose collection of musicians dedicated to reimagining in performance the Grateful Dead's two classic 1970 albums, Workingman's Dead and American Beauty. His 2009 release "Could We Get Any Closer?" was also nominated for a Grammy at the 52nd Grammy Awards in Jan. of 2010. His current release, "Patchwork River" (his second collaboration with Grateful Dead lyricist, Robert Hunter, the first being "Headed for the Hills") was just released on May 11th, 2010. George Strait's last two singles, "TWANG" and "I Gotta Get to You" (TWANG, MCA) were written by Jim.

He is the current host of "Tennessee Shines," a monthly concert at the Bijou Theater in Knoxville, Tennessee. He also hosts "The Jim Lauderdale Show" Wednesdays at 2 PM (Central Time) on WSM Radio AM 650, and also www.wsmonline.com. Lauderdale is also a frequent host and performer on "Music CIty Roots: Live from the Loveless Cafe", a weekly Americana music show broadcast live on WSM from the Loveless Barn on Highway 100 in Nashville.



Year Album Peak chart positions
US Country US Heat US Bluegrass
1991 Planet of Love
1994 Pretty Close to the Truth
1995 Every Second Counts
1996 Persimmons
1998 Whisper
1999 I Feel Like Singing Today
Onward Through It All
2001 The Other Sessions
Point of No Return
2002 The Hummingbirds
Lost in the Lonesome Pines
2003 Wait 'Til Spring
2004 Headed for the Hills
2006 Bluegrass
Country Super Hits Vol. 1
2007 The Bluegrass Diaries 10
2008 Honey Songs
2009 Could We Get Any Closer?
2010 Patchwork River 47 38


Year Single US Country Album
1988 "Stay Out of My Arms" 86 Point of No Return
1989 "Lucky 13"
1991 "Wake Up Screaming" Planet of Love
1999 "Still Not Out of the Woods" Onward Through It All
2000 "If I Were You" The Other Sessions
2002 "She's Looking at Me" (with Ralph Stanley) Lost in the Lonesome Pines
2006 "I Met Jesus in a Bar" Bluegrass
2007 "Who's Leaving Who?"
"There Goes Bessy Brown"
2008 "This Is the Last Time (I'm Ever Gonna Hurt)" The Bluegrass Diaries

Guest singles

Year Single Artist Album
2009 "Love's Gonna Live Here" Tanya Tucker My Turn

Music videos

Year Video Director
1989 "Lucky 13"
1991 "Wake Up Screaming"
1999 "Still Not Out of the Woods"
2000 "If I Were You"
2002 "She's Looking at Me" (with Ralph Stanley)
2006 "I Met Jesus in a Bar" David McClister
2007 "Who's Leaving Who?" Travis Nicholson
"There Goes Bessy Brown"
2008 "This Is the Last Time (I'm Ever Gonna Hurt)" Jarboe


  • A Town South of Bakersfield Vol. II (1988) - "What Am I Waiting For"
  • Happy Birthday, Buck! A Texas Salute to Buck Owens (2002) - "Sweet Rosie Jones"
  • Touch My Heart: A Tribute to Johnny Paycheck (2005) - "I Want You To Know"
  • Born to the Breed: A Tribute to Judy Collins (2008) - "Easy Times"


  1. http://www.independentmusicawards.com/ima_new/pastjudges.asp Independent Music Awards - Past Judges]

External links

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AMA Song of the Year (Songwriter)
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