November 5, 2021
Doors 6:30 Show 7:30
Gram Parsons Derry Down welcomes back the King of Broken Hearts, Jim Lauderdale with his band to celebrate Gram's 75th birthday. It is an honor to have Jim join us for this special show.
Jim Lauderdale has never been content to sit still in any one musical place for long, effortlessly cycling through a wide range of country, rock, and bluegrass shades of Americana. But “Hope,” album number 34 in the two-time GRAMMY® award-winning singer-songwriter’s distinguished career, nevertheless stands out stylistically as well as thematically. After a year of locked-down isolation, “Hope” finds Lauderdale breaking out with wide-open arrangements along the lines of Neil Young, The Grateful Dead and Little Feat.
As to messaging, “Hope” is a joyous musical tribute to the spirit of overcoming hard times in a spirit of inspirational healing. And the very first song sets the tone, “The Opportunity To Help Somebody Through It.” With a message of helping your fellow man get through trying times, it brings a message of hard-won optimism.
“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 without seeming sanctimonious or preachy,” Lauderdale says. “What I wanted to achieve was music to somehow help us all get through trying times and give comfort. The past year has been so difficult for everybody. If we can find any glimmers of hope, that really helps get you through another day.” Courage, hope and perseverance are recurrent themes throughout the album, from the tribute to frontline healthcare workers “Brave One” to “Don’t You Dream Anymore?,” a song urging listeners to be brave enough to want more. But it’s not all heaviness. “Here’s To Hoping” evokes the light at the end of the tunnel, and “Joyful Noise” closes the album with exactly that.
For several decades, Jim has written songs for and worked with some of the finest artists in traditional and modern music including Ralph Stanley, Elvis Costello, George Strait, Buddy Miller, Lucinda Williams, John Oates, Solomon Burke, Lee Ann Womack, Old Crow Medicine Show, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Blake Shelton, the Dixie Chicks, Vince Gill, Patty Loveless, and Gary Allan among others.
Lauderdale co-hosts "The Buddy & Jim Show" weekly radio program on SiriusXM with Buddy Miller, and is a co-host for Music City Roots, the weekly live radio show, podcast and PBS series. Recently, the Americana Music Association honored him with the WagonMaster Lifetime Achievement Award. Jim has certainly earned it, having released a staggering 34 albums with the latest Hope out on Yep Roc in 2021.