Two-time GRAMMY® Award-winning American music icon Jim Lauderdale’s 34th album, Hope, is out today on Yep Roc Records; listen/buy here.
Co-produced by Lauderdale and his longtime collaborator Jay Weaver, Hope was recorded at the fabled Blackbird Studios In Nashville with many of the tracks engineered by Blackbird Academy students. A joyous musical tribute to the spirit of overcoming and healing, the album features songs of hope, courage, and perseverance.
Recent praise for Hope:
“…Hope extends an aptly optimistic message, Lauderdale serving as a philosopher-cheerleader…” –No Depression
“Memory”….fittingly, an Americana elegy…” –The New York Times
“Leave it to Lauderdale, one of this generation’s top songwriters, to perfectly capture the many emotions of our pandemic-induced collective state of mind and take us to the other side smiling.” –Glide Magazine
“A laid-back strummer that has shades of the Rolling Stones’ early Seventies output, “Memory” is both a song of mourning and praise for those who’ve departed. Lauderdale sings of the pain left by someone’s absence but finds comfort in carrying the memory.” –Rolling Stone Country
“To use an old advertising line, Jim Lauderdale is as good for you today as he’s always been.” –Holler.
“Jim Lauderdale finds promise in the circle of life in his new song “Mushrooms Are Growing After the Rain.” –The Boot
Read The East Nashvillian feature here
Listen to The Working Songwriter Podcast interview here
Of the album, Lauderdale comments, “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. If we can find any glimmers of hope, that really helps get you through another day.”
Lauderdale’s back on tour and will play an album release show 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville tonight (July 30) and has upcoming festival appearances in August and September. A complete list of dates is below; ticket information is here.
Jim Lauderdale Tour Dates
July 30 - 3rd & Lindsley - Nashville, TN
August 5 – 94th Mountain Dance and Folk Festival – Asheville, NC
August 20 - Get Off The Grid Fest - East Ridge, TN
September 10 - Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion - Bristol, TN
September 16 - Merlefest - Wilkesboro, NC
September 22-25 – AmericanaFest – Nashville, TN
October 2 – Albino Skunk Music Festival – Greer, SC
October 7 – Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance – Pittsboro, NC
October 14 – Suwannee Roots Revival – Live Oak, FL
December 5 – The Concert To Protect Our Aquifer – Memphis, TN
1, The Opportunity to Help Somebody Through It
2. Sister Horizon
3. The Brighter Side of Lonely
4. Mushrooms Are Growing After the Rain
6. Breathe Real Slow
7. Brave One
8. Don’t You Dream Anymore?
9. We Fade in We Fade Out
10. It’s Almost More Than All the Joy
11. Here’s to Hoping
12. When Searching for Answers
13. Joyful Noise