Nashville, TN -- The Compass Records Group is proud to announce another dynamic partnership; the Nashville-based roots music company is handling distribution of Jim Lauderdale’s new bluegrass album Carolina Moonrise: Bluegrass Songs by Robert Hunter and Jim Lauderdale through Lauderdale’s personal label Sky Crunch Records. The pairing represents the fruition of a long friendship between Compass co-founders Garry West and Alison Brown with Lauderdale and Compass’ growing reputation as an independent haven for the artist ownership-licensing model. The new album, available as of Sept 25th, is the natural next progression from the Grammy-nominated 2011 Hunter-Lauderdale bluegrass collaboration Reason and Rhyme and features a phenomenal band of Nashville super-pickers produced and engineered by Dobro master Randy Kohrs.
Some of Nashville’s most talented players contribute to the record: Producer Randy Kohrs (dobro), Tim Crouch (fiddle), Jay Weaver (bass), Josh Williams (guitar), Aaron Ramsey (mandolin) and Scott Vestal (banjo). "Randy Kohrs really outdid himself as a producer and it was incredible to work with these fine players. And I got to write the whole thing with one of my all-time heroes, Robert Hunter." (This marks their fifth collaborative effort together.) "This has been an overall great experience and I am very excited about this record."
The album opener “Iodine” kicks off the 13-track high energy set and will be the first single released to bluegrass radio. Click here to download. Other stand out tracks include 'Triple Crossroad Blues” which opens with Scott Vestal's hard driving banjo and Tim Crouch’s blazing fiddle and “Cole Bernier,” a bluegrassy track with a Bakersfield hue that tells the story of Cole Bernier, a fun-maker in 1930s Phoenix, Arizona. The album has its slower, sentimental moments as well and tracks “Happiness” and “Can I Have This Dance?,” both show off Lauderdale’s charming baritone. Throughout Robert Hunter's lyric genius reflect his fascination with bluegrass while Lauderdale's vocals reflect his deep North Carolina roots and bluegrass pedigree.
Jim Lauderdale, the consummate troubadour, is a respected songwriter whose music has been recorded by George Strait, Patty Loveless, Mark Chesnutt, The Dixie Chicks and more. His discography includes more than twenty albums and he maintains an aggressive appearance schedule. In addition to performing, recording and touring, Lauderdale once again hosted the Americana Awards & Honors at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN (his x time as host), and has recently joined friend and collaborator, Buddy Miller, for The Buddy & Jim Show, on Sirius/XM's Outlaw Country. Lauderdale also hosts a radio program on Nashville's WSM-AM, and is heard every Wednesday night as M.C. of Music City Roots, Live From The Loveless Café on WLRT and online at musiccityroots.com.
Jim will be promoting the album in Nashville with appearances at the Grand Ole Opry on October 12th, Music City Roots on October 17th and the world-famous Station Inn on November 1st.
Compass Records has been called “one of the greatest independent labels of the last decade” by Billboard Magazine. The label is home to many artists including Colin Hay, The Gibson Brothers, Victor Wooten, Altan, Peter Rowan and Luka Bloom and through the acquisition of Green Linnet and Mulligan Records has the largest Celtic catalog in the world. The label group also handles distribution for Victor Wooten's Vix Records, UK-based folk music label Navigator Records and the iconic Americana imprint Dead Reckoning.