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“Few current…acts sing with the command and authority Lauderdale brings to his performances, and fewer still have a set of songs at their disposal as good…”
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Jim Lauderdale is a Grammy® Award winning musician and one of the most respected artists working the Bluegrass, Country and Americana music communities today. He is considered one of ... Read more in Amazon's Jim Lauderdale Store

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  • Audio CD (September 18, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • ASIN: B000TLUFM8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #304,672 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. This Is the Last Time I'm Ever Gonna Hurt
2. All Roads Lead Back To You
3. I Wanted To Believe
4. Looking For a Good Place To Land
5. Can We Find Forgiveness
6. Chances
7. One Blue Mule
8. Are You Having Second Thoughts
9. My Somewhere Just Got Here
10. It's Such a Long Journey Home
11. Ain't No Way To Run

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Fresh off of a 2006 Grammy nomination for his last bluegrass album Bluegrass and an earlier Grammy win in 2002 for his album Lost In the Lonesome Pines with Ralph Stanley, country music's most prolific songwriter Jim Lauderdale is back again with his next batch of high and lonesome hallmarks. The Bluegrass Diaries is the first of three albums the Nashville legend will release of the course of the next year. After releasing two albums in 2006, the man Nashville has come to know as the quintessential "songwriter's songwriter" is still constantly writing, recording and collaborating, resulting in this legendary output of top notch gems. Music seems to flow from the very pores of the man who has penned hits for some of country music's most chart-topping superstars including The Dixie Chicks, George Jones, George Strait, Vince Gill and Patti Loveless. The Bluegrass Diaries picks up where Bluegrass left off allowing Lauderdale to indulge in his passion for intricate picking and foot stompin' with his friends. The album includes Jesse Cobb on Mandolin, Richard Bailey on Banjo, Jay Weaver on bass, Cody Kilby on guitar and Aaron Till on fiddle as well as many other special guests. On The Bluegrass Diaries Lauderdale blends bluegrass chops with his signature turn of phrase. At root, the album is a metaphor for Lauderdale's entire career; switchblade-sharp, honest and starkly American. Digipak.


To Nashville's way of thinking, Jim Lauderdale is a sturdy wild onion, sprouting in a bed of safe petunias. Since the early '90s, when his eccentric songs provided hits for such mainstream royalty as George Strait, the Dixie Chicks, and George Jones, he has been revered as a songwriter, even as his own albums were too left-field for commercial success. Undaunted, the North Carolina native simply dedicated himself to making the best music he could, category be damned. One Grammy win later (for his collaboration with Ralph Stanley, Lost in the Lonesome Pines), he's still pursuing the high-lonesome heritage that he framed so rightly on the Grammy-nominated Bluegrass (2006). Now The Bluegrass Diaries, the first of three albums to be released over nine months (the others find him paired with guitar god James Burton and with the Grateful Dead's Robert Hunter), again finds him forging his trademark quirky melodies, and moaning, leaping, bending, and stuttering his aching mountain tenor into an intoxicating vocal confession. Joined by singer/guitarist Shawn Camp on their own "Looking for a Good Place to Land" and Cia Cherryholmes on "I Wanted to Believe" (as well as a cache of lightning-fast pickers led by producer Randy Kohrs), Lauderdale hews out another memorable collection of hangdog songs of miserable love ("I Wanted to Believe"), gospel redemption ("Can We Find Forgiveness"), and wry situational experience ("One Blue Mule"). Don't miss the fiery instrumental coda on the album's closer, "Ain't No Way to Run," written by the unlikely team of Melba Montgomery, J.D. Souther, and Lauderdale himself. --Alanna Nash

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Ross on September 26, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Playing Time - 35:51 -- Choosing bluegrass as his genre of choice to document his written record of experiences and thoughts, Grammy award-winner Jim Lauderdale continues to shake things up. It's not the first time Jim's made strong bluegrass statements. While the diverse Nashville-based musician is equally comfortable with country and other kinds of singer/songwriter material, he's a guy who clearly has bluegrass in his blood. Arriving in Nashville in the late-1970s, Jim had hoped to pursue a bluegrass career but he was just "Looking for a Good Place to Land." He moved into mainstream country and has appeared on the Grand Ol' Opry. The prolific songwriter has penned hits for artists like Vince Gill, Patty Loveless, Mark Chesnutt, Kathy Mattea, and George Strait. Jim's major nod to bluegrass came in 1997 when he featured Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys on his album, "Whisper." Lauderdale then was a guest on Stanley's "Clinch Mountain Country" project, and he is now an honorary Clinch Mountain Boy. Building on the chemistry between Jim and Ralph, they collaborated on an album of their own, the Grammy-nominated and highly recommended "I Feel Like Singing Today." In 2002, his Grammy-winning "Lost in the Lonesome Pines" release featured both himself and Ralph Stanley singing his own self-penned songs. Those projects had the backing of the Rebel and Dualtone record labels. In 2006, his "Bluegrass" debut on YepRoc Records showed us that his fresh, new bluegrass reflected the power, sentiments and emotions of traditional music. Produced by resophonic guitarist Randy Kohrs, "The Bluegrass Diaries" sticks with the winning recipe for beefy original material, forceful vocals, and lively instrumental accompaniment.Read more ›
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sheryl Katz VINE VOICE on September 23, 2007
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Jim Lauderdale has two musical personalities; he writes hook laden country western hits that have been recorded heavily by popular artists, like George Strait and Patty Loveless. He performs these songs in a quirky, traditional style that shows his bluegrass roots. He also writes and performs bluegrass music with beautifully worded contemporary lyrics. From the title it is obvious that this album is in the latter genre. This album was produced by Dobro player Randy Kohrs, and the sound is outstanding. Every song on this album is a gem. I particularly like the opening "This is the Last Time I'm ever Gonna Hurt" and the gospel tinged "Can we Find Forgiveness."

Jim Lauderdale has mostly a cult following and is known as a writers writer. It's a shame he doesn't get wider recognition as a performer because he is a true American treasure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donald E. Gilliland TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 11, 2012
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I've been a Jim Lauderdale fan since I heard his first solo album back in the late 80s. Love his voice and admire his musical skills. He's one of those versatile artists who make it all sound so easy. Lauderdale is also impressively prolific, but the quality of his output doesn't suffer from the amount of songs he writes and releases. This is another keeper with great songs such as "All Roads Lead to Nowhere" and "Looking for a Good Place to Land," plus the powerful closing number, "Ain't No Way to Run." A bit on the short side, with about 35 minutes of music, but it's still a very satisfying listen that Lauderdale fans will savor. It also makes for a good starting point for anyone wanting to discover the music of this excellent singer/songwriter/musician.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Debra Sweeney on August 14, 2008
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I wasn't quite sure if I was going to enjoy this CD because I had never heard of Jim Lauderdale. I saw him in Bluegrass Unlimited and purchased the CD and I have enjoyed listening to it many times over.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steven C. Stokes on February 16, 2008
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Twangy, with more than a nod to Buck Owens and the Bakersfield Sound this offering really tries to stretch beyond it's boxed-in label. The trouble is it's from an Americana troubador mascarading as a bluegrass traditionalist. And while the Grammy nod was somewhat deserving, there are better artists in the genre that were just plain overlooked... King Wilke and Randy Korhs come to mind. The CD is very well produced almost slick in it's delivery, and while most of the tunes work they definatley do not push the envelope or give us anything new. The truth is, there were better bluegrass efforts last year and unless you are a died in the wool Jim Lauderdale fan you can avoid this one and not feel like you have missed anything. The title of this effort hints that you are going to be let in on a secret, and that's plainly not so.
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