Yep Roc Records is proud to announce the simultaneous release of two records from Nashville legend Jim Lauderdale on 3rd August – Time Flies and Jim Lauderdale and Roland White
. Both are “new,” but only Time Flies was recently recorded. Lauderdale’s 30th and 31st studio albums respectively, Time Flies and Jim Lauderdale and Roland White mark the two-time Grammy award-winner’s long awaited return to the Yep Roc roster after a decade apart.
Rolling Stone premiered the title track “Time Flies” and described it as “a warm, reverential reflection on the passage of the years, a rippling Southern rock ballad that unfurls like smoke in the furthest reaches of the memory. ”
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 and Roland White is Lauderdale’s previously unreleased first full-length record, a collection of classic bluegrass recorded in the basement of Earl and Louise Scruggs’ Nashville home in the summer of 1979 and then lost for nearly four decades. Lauderdale was new to town at the time, while White was already a true bluegrass legend, known for his mastery of the mandolin and foundation of such iconic groups as The Kentucky Colonels and Country Gazette. Sadly the master tapes went missing for 38 years and were only recently rediscovered at the bottom of a box by White’s wife. As remarkable, energetic, and original today as it was when initially recorded, Jim Lauderdale and Roland White provides an intimate look into the nascent beginnings of a truly extraordinary American artist.
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.