Jim Lauderdale & Roland White

Jim Lauderdale & Roland White

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Jim Lauderdale's official discography begins with his 1991 album Planet of Love, but he had at least two other albums in the can at that point that hadn't been released. A short-lived deal with CBS resulted in an LP called Point of No Return that finally came out in 2001, and in 1979, Lauderdale decided to pay a visit to visit to one of his musical heroes, mandolin picker Roland White, who had played with the Kentucky Colonels and the Nashville Grass. White became a mentor to the 22-year-old Lauderdale, and realizing the kid had talent, White arranged to cut an album with him in Earl Scruggs' home studio with a band that included Marty Stuart on guitar, Gene Wooten on Dobro, Johnny Warren on fiddle, and of course White on mandolin. Lauderdale couldn't find a label to release the album, and the tapes were thought to be lost until 2017, and now Lauderdale's first first album has finally seen the light of day. Jim Lauderdale & Roland White is a straightforward bluegrass session without a lot of frills, but there's plenty of talent on board. At 22, Lauderdale was a already a strong and personable singer, and he delivers these songs with an engaging warmth and solid technique. White's mandolin isn't always high up enough in the mix to merit his co-star billing, but when he comes to the fore he more than delivers, and his harmonies with Lauderdale are in the best close-harmony bluegrass tradition. And though there are plenty of bluegrass standards in the set list, Lauderdale and White also take chances on Donovan's "Try and Catch the Wind" and Gordon Lightfoot's "(That's What You Get) For Loving Me" and make them shine in these acoustic interpretations, while Lauderdale's two originals, "Forgive and Forget" and "Regrets and Mistakes," demonstrate he was already a songwriter to watch. Jim Lauderdale & Roland White is something short of a lost classic, but it is a thoroughly enjoyable set of contemporary bluegrass circa 1979 with great singing and even better picking, and Lauderdale's pride in this lost session is more than justified -- he might have become a bluegrass star if this had come out the year it was recorded.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/20/2018
Label: Yep Roc Records
UPC: 0634457259720
catalogNumber: 2597
Rank: 165879

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roland White   Primary Artist,Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Marty Stuart   Guitar
Terry Smith   Bass
Gene Wooten   Dobro
Johnny Warren   Fiddle
Stan Brown   Banjo

Technical Credits

Jim Lauderdale   Composer,Liner Notes
Gordon Lightfoot   Composer
Shel Silverstein   Composer
Clyde Moody   Composer
Red Smiley   Composer
Don Reno   Composer
Steve Scruggs   Engineer
Roland White   Producer
Alton Delmore   Composer
Buddy Smith   Composer
Donovan Leitch   Composer
L-Mack   Composer
Rebe Gosdin   Composer
Shirley Legate   Composer

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