Jim Lauderdale At Grand Ole Opry
North Carolina-native, Jim Lauderdale, is a master of it all, an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, performer, and songwriter. He earned his interest in music from his mother who was a music teacher. He attended a school of the arts in high school where he started his musical career as a drummer. After graduation, he set his sights for New York where he sang backup vocals for Carlene Carter and Yoakam before finding success as a writer in Nashville penning hits for George Strait, the Dixie Chicks, and Patty Loveless to name a few.
Not content with remaining behind the music, he stepped into the spotlight in 1991 to release his debut album, Planet of Love. Since then he has released an album nearly every year, totaling at 21 as of 2012. Many of these albums were collaborations with other artists and close friends including Wait ‘Til Spring with Donna the Buffalo; Headed for the Hills, Patchwork River, and Reason and Rhyme with Grateful Dead lyricist, Robert Hunter; and I Feel Like Singing Today and the Grammy-winning Lost in the Lonesome Pines with Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys.
Lauderdale has hosted the Americana Music Awards every year since its inception in 2002. That first year he received their first Artist of the Year and Song of the Year awards.
Lauderdale hopes to continue performing as much as he can in the future. Thanks to his multiple records and experience in country, bluegrass, Americana, rock and other music, he is happy to be able to “play the Opry one weekend, a jam-band festival the next and then a bluegrass festival the following week.”