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Jim Lauderdale On World Cafe | Tuesday, December 7

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Jim Lauderdale is an established name in Nashville, where he's written hits for several A-list musicians. But despite 19 studio albums and two Grammy Awards, he's not as well-known outside Americana and bluegrass circles. Lauderdale "never got the lucky breaks that shoot one performer to the top while hundreds of equal or greater merit slog around playing bars, releasing streetwise records that provide songs for others to cover," said friend, collaborator and Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. "But doing it the hard way is where soul comes from, not the manufactured kind but the real thing. ... If you don't like country with a humble jolt of human soul, leave him alone."

The Americana community certainly hasn't. Lauderdale took home "Artist of the Year" and "Song of the Year" at the Americana Music Association's Honors and Awards Show in 2002, and has hosted the ceremony ever since.

The songwriter and oversize personality joined World Cafe host David Dye to discuss his long career and play songs from his new album, Patchwork River.

Check out the playlist below.


The Grateful Dead  Uncle John's Band  Workingman's Dead 
Ryan Adams & The Cardinals  Typecast  III/IV 
Neal Casal  Detroit or Buffalo  Fade Away Diamond Time 
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers  Running Man's Bible  Mojo 
Jim Lauderdale  Alligator Alley  Recorded Live for the World Cafe 
Jim Lauderdale  Cruel Wind and Rain  Recorded Live for the World Cafe 
Jim Lauderdale  Good Together  Recorded Live for the World Cafe 
Jim Lauderdale  Lousiville Roll  Recorded Live for the World Cafe 
Mavis Staples  Wrote a Song for Everyone  You're Not Alone 
Dr. Dog  Take Me Into Town  Take Me Into Town
John Hartford  Turn Your Radio On  Aereoplain 
Waylon Jennings  Are You Sure Hank Did It  Vinyl David Will Bring I 
The Decemberists  Down by the Water  The King is Dead 
Tom Petty  Into the Great Wide Open  Into the Great Wide Open 
Johnny Cash  I Won't Back Down:  American III: Solitary Man 
Delta Spirit  Bushwick Blues  History from Below 
Hank Williams  Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain  The Complete Mother's Best
Hank Williams  I Heard My Mother Praying for Me  The Complete Mother's Best
John Mellencamp  No Better Than This  No Better Than This 
Steve Earle  Transcendental Blues  Transcendental Blues 
Black Dub  Silverado  Black Dub 
Traffic  Light Up or Leave Me Alone  Smiling Phases Disc 2 
Junip  Always  Fields