Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop
Jim Lauderdale leads two lives. As a songwriter, he has come up with some of the catchiest, smartest mainstream-country material of the '90s. His songs have been the highlights of albums by George Strait, Patty Loveless, M... more »
Jim Lauderdale leads two lives. As a songwriter, he has come up with some of the catchiest, smartest mainstream-country material of the '90s. His songs have been the highlights of albums by George Strait, Patty Loveless, Mark Chesnutt and Mandy Barnett. His songwriting has made him rich, and his poorly-selling solo albums have made him a critics' hero. His two lives have rarely intersected. They finally do on his new album, "Persimmons." Upstart, a subsidiary of Boston's independent Rounder Records, invited Lauderdale to pick out his 15 favorite unreleased song demos. He chose mainstream country ballads and jittery rockabilly; hard-edged country-rock and Chicago blues. He's good at everything he tries, and "Persimmons" provides the best available overview of his talents. It also includes a handful of country hits just waiting to happen. --Geoffrey Himes
A savory gumbo of American musical roots served HOT!
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Not since the original Allman Brothers Band have I heard music like this. Cook up a pot of Howlin' Wolf, Webb Pierce, Bob Dylan, let it simmer till you can cut the big chunks with the edge of a spoon, then bow your head and say "Grace" for the gifts of beauty and poetry. Say it all straight from the heart, then wipe it off with the back of your hand! DAMN! This is what American music is all about. Hell, this would have fed Woody Guthrie's soul somewhere hunkered down on a Santa Fe siding. I'll take another helping, thank you!"