Thursday, July 7, 2022
– Jim Lauderdale will be out with "Game Changer," his 35th album, on Aug. 26.
Operating under his own label, Sky Crunch Records, for the first time since 2016, Lauderdale recorded the CD at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, co-producing the release with Jay Weaver and pulling from songs he'd written over the last several years. "There's a mixture on this record of uplifting songs and, at the same time, songs of heartbreak and despair — because that's part of life as well," he said, "In the country song world especially, that's always been part of it. That's real life."
"Country music is constantly evolving, but I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for steel guitar and a Telecaster," Lauderdale said. "I have done my job on this record if people who love classic country feel like they can put it on or have it in their collection, and it would fit right in."
Lauderdale also was named a 2022 nominee for the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Lauderdale, along with 11 of his contemporaries, will be celebrated at the Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala in October where the Class of 2022 Hall of Fame inductees will be announced.
Tor dates are:
July 9 - Black Mountain, NC - The White Horse w/ The Po' Ramblin Boys
July 16 - Oak Ridge, TN - ORNL Summer Sessions
July 21 - Buffalo, NY - Sportsmen's Tavern
July 22-24 - Trumansburg, NY - Finger Lakes Grassroots 2022
July 25-29 - Swannanoa, NC - Swannanoa Gathering
Aug. 13 - Maggie Valley, NC - Songwriting Camp
Aug. 26 - Nashville, TN - Grand Ole Opry
Aug. 31 - Nashville, TN - 3rd & Lindsley album release show
Sept. 11 - Bristol, VA - Bristol Rhythm and Roots
Sept. 13-17 - Nashville, TN - AmericanaFest
Sept. 24-25 - Nashville, TN - Tommy Emmanuel's Guitar Camp
Oct. 7 - Augusta, GA - Summer Series
Oct. 8 - Pelham, TN - Cave Fest @ The Caverns
Oct. 12 - Jacksonville Beach, FL - Blue Jay Listening Room
Oct. 13 - Live Oak, FL - Suwanee Roots Revival 2022
Oct. 21 - Pomeroy, OH - Songwriter Weekend Fur Peace Ranch
Nov. 3 - Los Angeles, CA - Outlaw Country West 2022