Buddy and Jim Live

 

Jim Lauderdale, Buddy Miller, Cannery Ballroom, Sept 2013, photo - Brad Hardisty

Jim Lauderdale, Buddy Miller, Cannery Ballroom, Sept 2013, photo – Brad Hardisty

The most anticipated set at this years’ Americana Festival was Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale bringing their collaboration, Buddy and Jim to the Cannery Row in front of a packed house.

Buddy Miller, Cannery Ballroom, Sept. 2013, photo - Brad Hardisty

Buddy Miller, Cannery Ballroom, Sept. 2013, photo – Brad Hardisty

Buddy and Jim have both been mainstays since almost the inception of the Americana Music scene where both have one multiple awards starting in 2002 when Jim Lauderdale won both Artist of The Year and Song of the Year.

Buddy Miller at Cannery Ballroom, Sept. 2013, photo - Brad Hardisty

Buddy Miller at Cannery Ballroom, Sept. 2013, photo – Brad Hardisty

Buddy Miller was not to be outdone winning a duet album of the year in 2002 with his wife Julie Miller as well as Album of The Year as a solo artist in 2005 for Universal United House of Prayer.

Jim Lauderdale, Buddy Miller, Cannery Ballroom, Sept 2013, photo - Brad Hardisty

Jim Lauderdale, Buddy Miller, Cannery Ballroom, Sept 2013, photo – Brad Hardisty

Jim Lauderdale has played host of the Americana Music Association Awards Show for several years running and if you want to get a hint of that check out the video of “ Hush Hush” by Pistol Annies where he was featured as a Preacher and Brenda Lee plays the Choir Director.

On the other hand, Buddy Miller has been leader of the house band for the Awards show for several years running.

Buddy Miller, Cannery Ballroom, Sept 2013, photo - Brad hardisty

Buddy Miller, Cannery Ballroom, Sept 2013, photo – Brad hardisty

Buddy Miller’s career really started taking off in the late 90’s and especially during the last decade with several High Tone and New West releases, but International acclaim outside of Americana circles came as bandleader on Robert Plant’s Band Of Joy album and subsequent tour. Although Band of Joy became a big tour and launched all over the world, The Americana Music Association featured Robert Plant with the project at the Awards show just prior to release as well as Robert singing a song from the release at the following year’s star studded show that also featured Gregg Allman.

Buddy and Jim had collaborated for nearly fifteen years off and on, but never sat down to do an album together until now.

Americana Music is a realm of collaboration and this was inevitable between two Artists that have worked with everybody from Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Elvis Costello, Ralph Stanley, James Burton to Grateful Dead Lyricist, Robert Hunter.

Buddy Miller, Cannery Ballroom, Sept 2013, photo - Brad Hardisty

Buddy Miller, Cannery Ballroom, Sept 2013, photo – Brad Hardisty

Buddy and Jim are currently tastemakers on their Sirius XM Radio Show on Outlaw Channel 60 as well as Jim Lauderdale’s Radio Show on WSM 650 in Nashville.

Currently, Buddy Miller just produced The Devil Makes Three’s new release.

 Jim Lauderdale released a new Bluegrass album in September entitled Old Time Angels.

–          Brad Hardisty, Nashville, TN     thenashvillebridgeathotmaildotcom

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