Jim Lauderdale is a multi-Grammy award winning American country, bluegrass and Americana singer-songwriter. Most recently Lauderdale was the 2016 recipient of the Americana Music Association’s Wagonmaster Award, a special lifetime achievement honor reserved for the most valuable contributors to the course and history of America’s only broad roots music format. Jim Lauderdale will perform in benefit for WSLR Community Radio at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center on Friday, October 12 at 8pm.
Grant Peeples will open the show. Peeples is a compelling and gritty performer with a strong political awareness; his fresh, honest, incisive, and eloquent songs command your attention. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Advance tickets are available by calling 1-800-838-3006 or online at wslr.org.
Jim Lauderdale is the most prolific and consistently excellent performing songwriter in Americana music, having released nearly 30 albums since his debut in the business in 1991. He’s an artist who has helped define the Americana format as much as anyone while adding significantly to the larger legacies of the Country and Bluegrass genres. He was a child of the Carolinas whose first loves were the banjo and Bluegrass music. As his unique songwriting voice emerged, it became clear that he was bound for success in a wider musical scope. He’s written and/or recorded with a remarkable range of roots music icons including Ralph Stanley, George Jones, Willie Nelson, Patty Loveless, Robert Hunter, The North Mississippi All-Stars, Elvis Costello, Lucinda Williams, Donna The Buffalo, and Buddy Miller.
His compositions have been widely recorded by marquee artists including George Strait, Vince Gill, Shelby Lynne and many more. He’s received two GRAMMY Awards and he was the recipient of the very first Americana Artist of the Year prize when the association launched its prestigious Honors and Awards. He has hosted that show at the Ryman Auditorium for 14 years. His humor and quick personality have made him a favorite in broadcasting and emcee roles.
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