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Lauderdale, Shires, Hot Rize release new discs

Friday, August 3, 2018 – Jim Lauderdale, Amanda Shires and veteran new grass band Hot Rize are out with discs today.

Make that two, in the case of Lauderdale. He is out with new album, "Jim Lauderdale and Roland White," which is very old and "Time Flies." These are Lauderdale's 30th and 31st albums and mark a return to the YepRoc label. "Time Flies" finds Lauderdale incorporating country and soulful sounds. He produced the disc along with Jay Weaver at Nashville's Blackbird Studio and House of Blues Studios. The collaboration with White was a previously unreleased first full-length record, a collection of classic bluegrass recorded in the basement of Earl and Louise Scruggs' Nashville home in the summer of 1979 and then lost for nearly four decades. Lauderdale was new to town, while White was already a true bluegrass legend, known for his mastery of the mandolin and foundation of such groups as The Kentucky Colonels and Country Gazette. The master tapes went missing for 39 years and were only recently rediscovered at the bottom of a box by White's wife.

Amanda Shires has enjoyed her own career, while also playing fiddle in husband Jason Isbell's 400 Unit backing band. "To the Sunset" is Shires' second disc with uber producer Dave Cobb at the helm. Recorded at RCA Studio A in Nashville, Shires is joined on this new album by special guests including Isbell (guitar), Cobb (bass) Peter Levin (keys), and Jerry Pentecost (drums). The new release is the follow-up to "My Piece of Land" from 2016.

"Hot Rize 40th Anniversary Bash, was recorded live at Boulder Theatre in Boulder, Col. over the course of three sold-out shows in January. Hot Rize (Nick Forster on bass, Pete Wernick on banjo, Tim O'Brien on mandolin and fiddle and Bryan Sutton on guitar) were joined by longtime musical friends Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan and Sam Bush. Hot Rize has struck a balance between traditional and experimental bluegrass.

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Time Flies CD review - Time Flies
Americana's most prolific artist has delivered another strong set of performances. Jim Lauderdale's signature singing manner, distinctively unhurried with elongated phrasing emphasized in nearly every song, may turn-off some - but if you haven't come under his spell by now, there isn't much chance of conversion as we head toward the 30th anniversary of "Planet Of Love." For the rest of us, "Time Flies" causes...well time to fly. "The road is a river, »»»
London Southern
Like the genre, Americana, for which he is its face, Jim Lauderdale can be described as eclectic, uncategorizable and constantly searching for something different. It would be difficult to find another artist who has delivered with this, his 29th album in just a 26-year span of recording. This is his seventh in the last four years. Here, he channels the sounds of early '60s American soul music filtered through the British approach, having recorded the sessions in London with Nick »»»
This Changes Everything CD review - This Changes Everything
Jim Lauderdale's bona fides in both country music and the more recently anointed Americana/roots music scenes are hard to top; his Wagonmaster Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 Americana Music Awards is just the icing on a career cake that's included dozens of hit songs cut by the likes of George Strait and many more, and a personal discography including country, bluegrass and roots music of all stripes. This CD is a tribute to Texas songwriters, performers and the legendary dance »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Sara Evans comes around again with Barker Family Band, and that's just fine – What goes around comes around for Sara Evans. Back about four decades ago, she was singing weekends with her family band in Missouri. Now, she's back on the road on a very short tour including two of her children and three siblings. For now, Evans, at 49, has lost absolutely none of her vocal super powers, and her offspring can handle their own at... »»»
Concert Review: White makes hurting sound real good – John Paul White entitled his new disc, "The Hurting Kind." But there is no hurting of any sort on White's performance - well maybe only when considering the subject matter - showcasing his vocals and a bevy of quality songs. The CD moves White closer to his Southern roots mixing country and roots sounds. The concert followed suit.... »»»
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