Mr. Americana, Jim Lauderdale, Releases His 35th LP, Game Changer

Mr. Americana, Jim Lauderdale, Releases His 35th LP, Game Changer
Lauderdale to celebrate his album launch tonight at the Grand Ole Opry
August 26, 2022 – Nashville, TN – “It’s a constant challenge to try to keep making better and better records, write better and better songs. I still always feel like I’m a developing artist,” says veteran songwriter and Americana renaissance man, Jim Lauderdale. This may be a surprising sentiment from a man who’s won two Grammys, released 34 full-length albums, and taken home the Americana Music Association’s coveted Wagonmaster Award. But his brand new album Game Changer is convincing evidence that the North Carolina native is only continuing to hone his craft.
From rollicking guitar riffs on “That Kind of Life (That Kind of Day)” to the slow, sweet harmonies of “I’ll Keep My Heart Open For You,” Game Changer shows off Lauderdale’s ingenuity as a singer, songwriter, and producer—while re-establishing him as one of Americana’s most steadfast champions. “Country music is constantly evolving, but I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for steel guitar and a Telecaster,” he says. “I have done my job on this record if people who love classic country feel like they can put it on, or have it in their collection, and it would fit right in.”
Fans can purchase or stream Game Changer in its entirety today at this link.
Tonight, Jim will be celebrating the release of his 35th album at the historic country music venue, The Grand Ole Opry, for a special performance that will give concertgoers a blend of classic country sounds with a modern country flair that is highlighted throughout Game Changer. Tickets for this event can be purchased here. The official album release show will take place at Nashville’s famed 3rd and Lindsley presented by WMOT on August 31st. Tickets for this event are available here. In addition, Jim will also be joining The Dustbowl Revival for select tour dates which can be found below.
Game Changer In The News:
American Songwriter premiered “That Kind Of Life (That Kind Of Day),” calling it, “a message of the times, delivered like only Lauderdale can in a blended Americana fuse.”
No Depression celebrated the latest album and stated, “Lauderdale is at home in any genre, but this album — his 35th — confirms his place in the universe of country music and as the king of broken hearts.”
JamBase premiered “Friends Again,” Lauderdale’s toe-tapping ode to a rekindled relationship.
Cowboys & Indians talked with Jim about his Thai-Chi practice and how it contributed to Game Changer and called the latest album “outstanding.”
Wide Open Country interviewed Jim and described the album as, “classic country-style serving up heaping helpings of positivity.”
Nashville Scene praised, “Jim’s take isn’t pegged to one particular era or style, but draws the best sounds from many of them to create something timeless.”
Holler rated the album 8/10 and stated, “after nearly three dozen tries, this one is the game changer Jim Lauderdale has been working towards. It deserves to be.”
Glide raved about the latest album and said, “Game Changer sits among the best of his pure country recordings.”
More About Game Changer: Operating under his own label, Sky Crunch Records, for the first time since 2016, Lauderdale recorded Game Changer at the renowned Blackbird Studios in Nashville, co-producing the release with Jay Weaver and pulling from songs he’d written over the last several years. “There’s a mixture on this record of uplifting songs and, at the same time, songs of heartbreak and despair—because that’s part of life as well,” he says. “In the country song world especially, that’s always been part of it. That’s real life.”
“We’re All We’ve Got,” a co-write with Mary Gauthier and Jaimee Harris, offers a timely message about healing torn relationships at home and across the world. And “Friends Again,” a grinning number about rekindling a friendship, is fresh and forward-looking. At every turn, Lauderdale’s collaborative spirit and genuine love for the creative process reveal themselves in thoughtful, well-crafted songs sure to stand the test of time. “When everything works right, it’s just magical to be able to hear them back,” he says. “You feel, at least for those three-and-a-half minutes, like life makes sense.”
Game Changer Tracklist:
That Kind Of Life (That Kind Of Day)
Friends Again
Keep It Real
Game Changer
Wishbone
Lightning Love
Our Happy Hour
We’re All We’ve Got
Let’s Make Some Memories
I’ve Heard Of That
You’re Hoggin’ My Mind
I’ll Keep My Heart Open For You
Catch Jim Lauderdale On Tour:
August 26 – Nashville, TN – Grand Ole Opry
August 31 – Nashville, TN – 3rd & Lindsley album release show
September 9 – Chico, CA – Laxson Auditorium California State University*
September 11 – Bristol, VA – Bristol Rhythm and Roots
September 13-17 – Nashville, TN – AmericanaFest
September 22 – Nashville, TN – Tommy Emmanuel’s Guitar Camp USA: Nashville Skyline II
September 24 – Nashville, TN – Tommy Emmanuel’s CMA Theatre
September 25 – Nashville, TN – Tommy Emmanuel’s Guitar Camp
October 6 – Nashville, TN – Grand Ole Opry
October 7 – Augusta, GA – Summer Series
October 8 – Pelham, TN – Cave Fest @ The Caverns
October 12 – Jacksonville Beach, FL – Blue Jay Listening Room
October 13 – Live Oak, FL – Suwanee Roots Revival 2022
October 21 – Pomeroy, OH – Songwriter Weekend Fur Peace Ranch
October 25 – Brooklyn, NY – Skinny Dennis
November 3 – Los Angeles, CA – Outlaw Country West 2022
November 12 – St. Viroqua, WI – The Historic Temple Theater*
*= w/ The Dustbowl Revival
For a full list of tour dates and ticket information, please visit jimlauderdalemusic.com.
More About Jim Lauderdale: At any given time, you’re likely to find Jim Lauderdale making music, whether he’s laying down a new track in the studio or working through a spontaneous melody at his home in Nashville. And if he’s not actively crafting new music, he’s certainly thinking about it. “It’s a constant challenge to try to keep making better and better records, write better and better songs. I still always feel like I’m a developing artist,” he says. This may be a surprising sentiment from a man who’s won two Grammys, released 34 full-length albums, and taken home the Americana Music Association’s coveted Wagonmaster Award. But his forthcoming album Game Changer is convincing evidence that the North Carolina native is only continuing to hone his craft.
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