Ahead of the July 1 release of his new album, I'm A Song, GRAMMY-winning bluegrass singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale performed "The King Of Broken Hearts" at The Recording Academy Nashville Chapter GRAMMY Block Party, which also featured performances by Martina McBride, Kacey Musgraves and Chris Young, among others. Following his set, Lauderdale participated in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview, discussing overcoming rejection and why Nashville's music scene is unique.
"It's great to have all these outlets — if I need to go into the studio tomorrow, I can do it. I can find someplace, some great studio," said Lauderdale. "To be able to have some spontaneous things happen, recording-wise or writing-wise, [Nashville is] just a very unique place."
Born in North Carolina, Lauderdale has penned songs and collaborated with artists such as Patty Loveless, the late George Jones, the Dixie Chicks, Blake Shelton, Lucinda Williams, and Vince Gill, among others. In 1991 he released his debut album, Planet Of Love, which was co-produced by GRAMMY winners Rodney Crowell and John Leventhal. He followed with a string of albums, including 1994's Pretty Close To The Truth, 1996's Persimmons and 1999's I Feel Like Singing Today, the latter of which earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Bluegrass Album, the first of six nominations he would receive in the category. He took home GRAMMYs in the category for 2002's Lost In The Lonesome Pines and 2007's The Bluegrass Diaries. At the 56th GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 26., Lauderdale and Buddy Miller received a 2013 GRAMMY nomination for Best Americana Album for 2012's Buddy And Jim.
Lauderdale's 26th album to date, I'm A Song, features collaborations with Bobby Bare, Elvis Costello, John Oates, Loveless, Miller, and Lee Ann Womack, among others. The album features 20 tracks, including "The King Of Broken Hearts," which was originally featured on Planet Of Love. The song was also the title of a 2012 documentary chronicling Lauderdale's career.
Lauderdale is currently in the midst of a U.S. tour, with dates scheduled through August.