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Los Angeles, Calif. – Jim Lauderdale, the song writer’s songwriter, for such notable artists as Vince Gill, Elvis Costello, Blake Shelton, George Strait, The Chicks, Gary Allen and Patty Loveless is releasing his newest album aptly titled, Hope.
The two-time GRAMMY® Award-winning American music icon Jim Lauderdale will release Hope via Yep Roc Records on July 30. “The Opportunity To Help Somebody Through It,” the first single from the acclaimed singer-songwriter’s 34th album, is out today; listen here.
The 13-track album features songs about hope, courage, and perseverance with wide-open arrangements reminiscent of 70s California folk-rock, and is a joyous musical tribute to the spirit of overcoming and healing.
“I wanted to get a musical message out there during this time of what we’ve all been going through, about the hope for better days ahead,” Lauderdale says. “If we can find any glimmers of hope, that really helps get you through another day.” From the encouraging and optimistic opening track “The Opportunity To Help Somebody Through It” to the frontline workers tribute of “Brave One” to “Breathe Real Slow,” a song inspired by Lauderdale’s devotion to tai chi and qigong, which “was really vital to me during this last year,” Lauderdale says, the album “speaks to these times we were going through.”
Of note is “Memory,” one of the last songs Lauderdale wrote with his decades-long songwriting collaborator, the late Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. When he penned the lyrics, Hunter didn’t know how the song would act as a tribute to both him and all those lost in the past year. “Losing Robert…was so hard,” notes Lauderdale, “but he left the perfect lyric, to sum up my feelings about him and to honor all the people we’ve lost since.”
The album’s cover and packaging feature paintings by Maureen Hunter, Robert’s wife. Hope was co-produced by Lauderdale and his longtime collaborator Jay Weaver and recorded at the fabled Blackbird Studios In Nashville with many of the tracks engineered by Blackbird Academy students. “That was a learning experience for me, too,” says Lauderdale. “I love the energy of working with such talented people just at the start of their careers. These kids are the future of our business.”
Lauderdale was joined in-studio by musicians Chris Scruggs and Kenny Vaughan, Russ Pahl, Craig Smith, Will Van Horn, Micah Hulscher, Dave Racine, Pat Hubert, Wes L’Annglois, and sibling harmonies from Lillie Mae and Frank Rische.
Hope Tracklisting1, The Opportunity to Help Somebody Through It2. Sister Horizon3. The Brighter Side of Lonely4. Mushrooms Are Growing After the Rain5. Memory6. Breathe Real Slow7. Brave One8. Don’t You Dream Anymore?9. We Fade in We Fade Out10. It’s Almost More Than All the Joy11. Here’s to Hoping12. When Searching for Answers13. Joyful Noise The album is now available for pre-order.
About Jim LauderdaleA two-time GRAMMY® Award-winning singer-songwriter, Jim Lauderdale is known as an A-list Nashville songwriter with a well-known eclectic catalogue of albums that run the gamut of American roots styles.
From the start of his career, Jim Lauderdale has been creating his own musical world. Too expansive, eclectic, and creatively curious to fit into any prescribed genre boxes, he innovated what is now called Americana music, long before there was a term for it. Everything about the man and his music is classic and timeless, but he’s a total original. The McCartney-esque melodies sung in his aching high lonesome tenor, the fiercely authentic bluegrass songs with mind-expanding psychedelic lyrics… nothing about Jim’s music can be reduced to a single influence, and no other songwriter would fuse these classic strains of tune-craft into such unexpected but immediately satisfying combinations.
It’s no wonder that artists from Willie Nelson to John Oates line up to collaborate with Jim, hoping to snare some of that Lauderdale magic. After all, his songs have helped sell millions of albums for artists like George Strait, the The Chicks (Formerly Dixie Chicks), Patty Loveless, Lee Ann Womack, Blake Shelton, Elvis Costello, Ralph Stanley, Donna the Buffalo, Solomon Burke, Old Crow Medicine Show, String Cheese Incident, John Mayall, Gary Allan, Vince Gill, and others. Classic songs like “King Of Broken Hearts,” “You Don’t Seem to Miss Me,” “Hole in My Head,” “Halfway Down,” “We Really Shouldn’t Be Doing This,” and many more have come from his pen.
For more information, please contact Lellie Capwell at Yep Roc Records, Lellie@yeprocmusicgroup.com / 818-384-1180