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Jim Lauderdale

Saturday, June 8, 2019, 3:30 AM


I guess what happens once you love a certain type of music, says Grammy-winning artist and songwriter Jim Lauderdale, it becomes a part of you. It gets absorbed, and comes out in all kinds of ways that maybe arent literal, but they color everything.Lauderdale should know. If hes the second most recorded writer in George Straits canon, as well as responsible for country #1s for Patty Loveless, George Jones, Mark Chesnutt and the Dixie Chicks, hes recorded musical consistent albums with Dr. Ralph Stanley, the North Mississippi Allstars, Donna the Buffalo, Elvis Presleys band, Elvis Costello and Buddy Miller, as well as collections written whole albums with long time Grateful Dead collaborator Robert Hunter.Read LessFor all the roots, soul, bluegrass and Americana in his music, Lauderdales creative catalyst came from watching the Ed Sullivan Show. Beyond the obvious influences, it was the Beatles who transformed the Carolina youngster.I cant say strongly enough how powerful seeing the Beatles on Ed Sullivan was, offers the soft-spoken songwriter. Id already had an ear for melodies with all the singers around my house; but when the Beatles came on, it took listening to a whole other place for me. Then hearing those early Beatles records after was incredible. The Beatles introduced me to a new kind of music, but their music was new, too, and you wanted to know what influences them (to make their sound).Given Lauderdales full immersion mode of creation, it was only a matter of when for London Southern to be born. As a profound influence, he enlisted Nick Lowes touring band which hed first met in the 90s to bring its own musical immersion to play on the record that came from a fast and furious place.I wanted a different sound, kind of a throwback to the early 60s. All the players had the same sort of experience I did, only from where they were. So it was that thing of how much British musicians loved American music, and how they interpreted our roots, then we interpreted them. They love a lot of the same things I do, only from a very different perspectiveit was very American to British to America to Britain to America to, well, here.And sonically, I really put myself in Neils hands. He got things that were very unique, and fresh, and captured that feeling I was after. (The Neil he is referring to is producer/engineer extraordinaire Neil Brockbank who is also Nick Lowes longtime sonic collaborator.)Like a band on the run, these songs came together while Lauderdale was on tour in England and Scotland. As Lauderdale says with a laugh, Sometimes that heat of the night before/morning of really inspires me. Plus, youve got the location youre right there, drinking the tea, eating the Indian food.The first night after the Glasgow show, I Love You More fell out, then the next night three of the melodies came to me. No Right Way (To Be Wrong) seemed very much like something the Beatles wouldve done around 65. The melody for Dont Let Yourself Get In The Way seemed like something they mightve done in 65, 66, too.Having that quicksilver creativity added a bit of urgency in the studio, but also a freedom from thought out parts. As he recalls, You hope youll take those influences and the influences that influenced them and it will harken back to that excitement of hearing all that music for the first time. Because of it, we were able to just let the moment drive us, let those memories of love and of music just take over. Instead of planning everything out to the last detail, those things come through in the playing.Whether its the slow, languished soul of the elegantly string-bathed I Love You More, the charming horns and Mersey beat innocence of You Came To Get Me, or the noir intrigue with a bossa nova undertow of If I Cant Resist, there is a fluidity to the tracks that transcends the myriad influences being kneaded into London Southern. Perhaps its the wide-open vocal over the loping Taking Your Sweet Time, the Tejano country/Brit shuffle of

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