Jim Lauderdale performs at MerleFest on April 27, 2019. (Photo by cp_thornton)
The Cosmic Honky Tonk Revue stopped at The Hamilton recently to showcase the talents of three major figures in alternative country and Americana music: Jason Ringenberg (Jason & The Scorchers), Chuck Mead (BR5-49), and Jim Lauderdale. “Cosmic Honky Tonk” was itself a play on legendary — and tragic — country-rocker Gram Parson’s “cosmic American music.”
Patterson Hood performs at Pearl Street Warehouse on Dec. 7, 2018, in one of the best shows of the year. (Photo by Paivi Salonen)
Editor’s Note: This year, we asked our bloggers to name their Top 10 shows of 2018 or choose their Top 10 photos of the year. We will run them over the course of mid-December as our Best of the Year posts.
Mark Engleson, a man who truly loves live Americana, folk, and country, chose his Top 10 concerts of 2018 for Parklife DC.
Jim Lauderdale performs at Michael Hearne’s Big Barndance Music Festival in Taos, New Mexico, on Sept. 4, 2014. (Photo by Dave Hensley)
Music is a source of strength and comfort for me. The music that I love melts away my stress, and the messages it contains help me maintain a positive attitude about life and the world. The tragic domestic terrorism of the last week has affected me deeply, challenging my ability to do that. Not only am I Jewish, but I have close family who live in Pittsburgh, and knew victims from the Tree of Life.
Jim Lauderdale’s solo acoustic show in the Wine Garden at City Winery was balm for my troubled soul.
Jim Lauderdale (Photo by Scott Simontacchi)
Singer-songwriter Jim Lauderdale released two albums in August via Yep Roc — one brand new one, Time Flies, and a “lost” album, Jim Lauderdale & Roland White. The Grammy Award winner performs at City Winery on Wednesday, Oct. 31.