Honey Songs

Honey Songs

by Jim Lauderdale


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At a time when what passes for wisdom in the music business suggests you should make an album and then milk it for all its worth for at least a couple years, Jim Lauderdale prefers to do things the old-fashioned way -- he writes songs and makes records with care but without dawdling, and 2008's Honey Songs is his fourth album in 18 months. The sessions for Honey Songs find Lauderdale backed by what he calls "the Dream Players," and this is a band with more than a few legends on board -- guitarist James Burton and drummer Ron Tutt from Elvis Presley's T.C.B. Band, Garry Tallent from Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band on bass, and legendary session men Glen D. Hardin (piano) and Al Perkins (pedal steel). (The crew of backing vocalists is stellar as well, including Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller, Patty Loveless, and Kelly Hogan.) Despite the high-priced help, Lauderdale has no trouble showing he's the star of the show on Honey Songs; while these ten songs generally deal with traditional themes, his skill with a lyric and a melody is never in doubt, and from the cautionary tale of "Hittin' It Hard" and the hard-loving joy of "Honeysuckle Honeypie" to the heartbroken lament of "Molly's Got a Chain" and "Those Kind of Things Don't Happen Every Day"'s stories of unexpected generosity, Lauderdale's songs reveal a subtle intelligence and understanding of his characters that speak both wisdom and common sense, and his tunes are every bit as compelling as the words. Lauderdale's a fine singer to boot, and with a band this strong behind him, he's able to give these performances the honest emotional delivery they deserve. Jim Lauderdale isn't trying to pretend he's working in Nashville in 1958 -- he simply understands the virtues of Nashville's golden era and applies them to the songs he's writing in the 21st century, and Honey Songs is a splendid example of the best of country's past and present. Think he can make another album this good in six months?

Product Details

Release Date: 02/19/2008
Label: Yep Roc Records
UPC: 0634457215924
catalogNumber: 2159
Rank: 73635

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jim Lauderdale   Primary Artist
Emmylou Harris   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Patty Loveless   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
James Burton   Electric Guitar,Guitar (Resonator),Group Member
Dawn Sears   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Tim Coats   Vocal Harmony
Glen D. Hardin   Piano,Group Member
John Gardner   Drums
Kelly Hogan   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Alfred McCrary   Background Vocals
Buddy Miller   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Bobby Ogdin   Piano
Perkins   Lap Steel Guitar
Garry Tallent   Bass,Group Member
Ron Tutt   Drums,Group Member
Eric Holt   Piano
Steven Sheehan   Acoustic Guitar,Group Member
Regina McCrary   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Tim Coats   Background Vocals
Kristyn Houck   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Jim Lauderdale   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Tim Coats   Producer,Engineer
Leslie Satcher   Composer
Tom D. Kline   Executive Producer
Timothy Truman   Cover Painting

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