JIM LAUDERDALE ‘Hope’

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The 13-track album features songs about hope, courage, and perseverance with wide-open arrangements reminiscent of 70s California folk-rock, and is a joyous musical tribute to the spirit of overcoming and healing. “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,” Lauderdale says. “If we can find any glimmers of hope, that really helps get you through another day.”

Of note is ‘Memory‘, one of the last songs Lauderdale wrote with his decades-long songwriting collaborator, the late Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter.   When he penned the lyrics, Hunter didn’t know how the song would act as a tribute to both him and all those lost in the past year. “Losing Robert just before the pandemic was so hard,” notes Lauderdale, “but he left the perfect lyric, to sum up my feelings about him and to honour all the people we’ve lost since.” The album’s cover and packaging feature paintings by Maureen Hunter, Robert’s wife.

Hope was co-produced by Lauderdale and his longtime collaborator Jay Weaver and recorded at the fabled Blackbird Studios in Nashville with many of the tracks engineered by Blackbird Academy students. “That was a learning experience for me, too,” says Lauderdale. “I love the energy of working with such talented people just at the start of their careers. These kids are the future of our business.”