The incomparable Jim Lauderdale has released his new single, “Wearing Out Your Cool.” Powered by a slinky noir sax line and female backing vocals, the 60s spy-thriller groove with a touch of twang comes from his new album, Time Flies, out August 3 via Yep Roc. It’s actually one of two records the two-time Grammy-Award winning Nashville legend is releasing on the same date — the other being Jim Lauderdale and Roland White. Both are “new albums,” but only Time Flies was recently recorded. Jim Lauderdale and Roland White, is a bluegrass collection originally recorded at the home of Earl and Louise Scruggs in 1979.
Lauderdale’s 30th and 31st studio albums respectively, marks the singer/songwriter’s long awaited return to the Yep Roc roster after a decade apart. Time Flies and Jim Lauderdale and Roland White were originally launched in May via a Rolling Stone premiere of the former collection’s title track, “Time Flies,” streaming now at Spotify. The album’s subtle second single, “Violet,” premiered via The Boot in June. That track is also streaming on Spotify.
Time Flies sees Lauderdale doing what he does best, writing and performing classic Americana distinctively infused with striking notes of country and soul. Produced by Lauderdale and Jay Weaver at Nashville’s Blackbird Studio and House of Blues Studios, the album is among the most striking works of this one-of-a-kind artist’s three decade career, once again demonstrating his remarkable lyrical gifts and genre-agnostic musical approach. Songs like the stirring title track offer able evidence that Lauderdale’s creative mission continues unabated, his ability to rejuvenate his sound indomitable.
Jim Lauderdale has created a truly unique body of work spanning more than 30 albums of imaginative roots music, encompassing country, bluegrass, soul, R&B and rock, as such helping pave the way for the current Americana movement.
Listen/share “Wearing Out Your Cool” below.