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article imageGrammy winner Jim Lauderdale talks new album 'I'm A Song' Special

By Markos Papadatos     Aug 21, 2014 in Music
Veteran country and bluegrass singer-songwriter Jim Lauderdale chatted about his latest studio album "I'm A Song," which he recorded in the historic RCA Studio A.
This marked his 26th studio album of his career, which features an all-star cast of vocalists, 20 songs, and his first re-recording of "King of Broken Hearts," the latter of which he wrote as a tribute to Gram Parsons and George Jones. "That song means a lot to me, and I do it at just about every show, so I wanted to have it available and I re-recorded that one," he said.
Lauderdale continued, "I went in and recorded nine songs at old RCA Studio A, which sadly is going to be closing soon. I wanted to finish it, but my new song list started growing and then songs kept on coming. When I got about 18 songs, and I got the title of another one 'I'm A Song,' which ended up being the title of the record. I never made a double-album, but this is something that I wanted to do, even though I put it on one CD, I call it a double-album since it has that amount of songs."
His special musical guests on this project include such esteemed artists as Lee Ann Womack, Patty Loveless, Buddy Miller, Al Perkins, Kenny Vaughn, Dennis Crouch, John Oates and Stuart Duncan, among others.
For the song, "Doin' Time In Bakersfield," Lauderdale revealed that he wanted to have Lee Ann Womack sing harmony on that, since he wanted her "touch" on the album.
He had co-written songs for this project with such iconic artists as Elvis Costello ("I Lost You," which features Buddy Miller on harmonies), Robert Hunter from the Grateful Dead and Country Music Hall of Famer Bobby Bare.
Throughout his career, Lauderdale has won two Grammy awards in the bluegrass category for "Best Bluegrass Album," an honor he took home in 2002 (with Dr. Ralph Stanley) and 2007. "That was a real milestone for me, because I have been at it for a long time, so that was very meaningful," he recalled.
While he has been afforded the pleasure to sing with such noteworthy female singer-songwriters as Emmylou Harris and Lucinda Williams, Lauderdale's dream female collaboration list is quite extensive. "I have always wanted to sing with Norah Jones, and I never got to record with Loretta Lynn. I would also love to sing with Brandy Clark and Brandi Carlile, and hopefully I can write with them and do some recording with them," he said.
For more information on bluegrass and country musician Jim Lauderdale, visit his official website.
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