A two-time Grammy winner whose songs have been recorded by George Strait, Patty Loveless, the Dixie Chicks and many others, Jim Lauderdale’s own recorded input spans nearly 20 years and has encompassed country, bluegrass, folk, gospel and other genres. Now, the musician who has also become one of the most visible proponents of the genre known as Americana is exposing listeners to a wide array of his influences in a two-volume collection called Soul Searching, which will be released on September 25th. Soul Searching, Vol. 1 (Memphis) and Vol. 2 (Nashville) will be available as a double-LP or as individual records.
In Memphis, Lauderdale recorded at Royal Studios, home base for producer Willie Mitchell and Hi Records, where Al Green cut such iconic tracks as “Tired of Being Alone” and “Let’s Stay Together.” Produced by Lauderdale, the LP spotlights some of Memphis’ finest musicians, including Charles and Leroy Hodges, and Alvin Youngblood Hart. Volume 2, Nashville, was produced by Lauderdale with Luther Dickinson, and was recorded at the historic Nashville RCA Victor Studio A, where music legends Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, George Jones and many others have recorded. The recording celebrates the successful effort to save the studio from fading into obscurity at the hands of real-estate developers.
Lauderdale also hosts the weekly “Buddy and Jim Show,” on SiriusXM satellite radio, with ABC’s Nashville bandleader Buddy Miller and is also co-host of “Music City Roots,” the weekly live radio, podcast and PBS series. He’s also the subject of the documentary, Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts, released in 2010. A recipient of the SESAC Inspiration Award, he recently received the prestigious American Eagle Award from the National Music Council.