Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop
As engaging as some of Jim Lauderdale's recent genre exercises have been, The Hummingbirds finds his creativity flying free and unfettered. The result is his freshest-sounding collection since 1994's Pretty Close to the Tr... more »
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As engaging as some of Jim Lauderdale's recent genre exercises have been, The Hummingbirds finds his creativity flying free and unfettered. The result is his freshest-sounding collection since 1994's Pretty Close to the Truth. No other country release is likely to name check both Dante's Inferno ("Eternal") and Salvador Dali ("Rollin' the Dice"), evoke the metaphysical yearnings of "I'm Happiest When I'm Moving" and the bluegrass-tinged "New Cascade," or find primarily acoustic arrangements sparking such dynamically electric interplay. Vocal support from Emmylou Harris and Julie Miller highlights the album-opening "Midnight Will Become Day," Bekka Bramlett's harmony adds a soulful dimension to "Jacob's Ladder" (one of two Lauderdale collaborations with longtime Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter), and guest musicians including mandolinist Sam Bush, guitarist Tony Rice, and fiddlers Stuart Duncan and Tim O'Brien, who provide stellar backing. Although the rest of the material is new, one of the album's standout tracks finds Lauderdale resurrecting "I Know Better Now," previously recorded by Kelly Willis. --Don McLeese
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Lauderdale's Best Yet
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I always enjoy Jim Lauderdale's way with melody & lyrics,and have to say that "The Hummingbirds" is a real winner! His versatility is displayed in such diverse songs as the bluegrass finale "New Cascade"; the sobering & soulful "I Know Better Now"; a jazzy romp of tumbling lyrics in "It's a Trap"; and "Eternal" is a whimsical, melodic glimpse of falling in love. All 13 cuts invite you to listen & enjoy again & again.This prolific songwriter has provided hit material for so many country artists, and certainly this time it's his turn to shine. "Lost in the Lonesome Pines," his simultaneously-released CD partnered with Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys, is authentic bluegrass and should receive acclaim in the music industry. At the same time, this CD is deserving of accolades in its own right. Even a casual listen will leave you with crossed fingers that mainstream country radio will finally treat the general public to Lauderdale's own recordings, and anything from "The Hummingbirds" seems the most likely source to date. If you enjoy quality & timeless music, I highly recommend this one!"
Jim Lauderdale's best (so far)
Stephen | Fredericksburg, VA | 05/06/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I really like Jim Lauderdale's last few albums (including his collaborations with Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mt Boys); but this is my favorite. Diverse, yet unified; he touches varied moods and styles with a twangy country feel ending the set with the very traditional fiddle tune sound of "New Cascade". The Hummingbirds features great support from a variety of country and bluegrass pickers and singers. Do yourself a favor and get this one."
The Real Deal
Daniel H. Yeary | St. Petersburg, Fl United States | 10/18/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I like the range of the compositions on this CD. Lauderdale is one of those rare artists that seem to be able to put out material that is all over the place, yet it all sounds worthy of each genre. That applies to a few songs on here, anyway....the majority are in the country vein, of course.One thing that I like about him is that he seems to have a genuine respect for Country music's roots without an iota of irony that you see in so many 'alt-country' stars."