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Jim Lauderdale


Jim Lauderdale was born April 11, 1957, in Statesville, N.C. His father was a minister and his mother was a music teacher and choir director. He has written country music hits for many musicians including George Strait, the Dixie Chicks and Patty Loveless. His own recordings for Warner Bros., Atlantic and RCA in the 1990's garnered much critical acclaim and a loyal cult following, and his move to the independent Dualtone label gave him even more creative freedom and the wide-ranging audience he desired.

Besides his two solo albums for Dualtone, Lauderdale also recorded a pair of bluegrass albums with Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys. The first, I Feel Like Singing Today, pre-dated Stanley's celebrated national release as part of the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack. The second, Lost in the Lonesome Pines, won a 2002 Grammy. In 2003, Lauderdale worked with the wide-open grooves of the roots/jam band Donna the Buffalo for the album Wait Til Spring. An album he wrote with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter, Headed for the Hills, arrived in 2004.

In 2001, Lauderdale portrayed George Jones in the theater production, Stand By Your Man: The Tammy Wynette Story. He has won three Americana Music Awards, including entertainer of the year in 2002 and toured as Mary Chapin Carpenter's opening act in 2004.
Jim Lauderdale