Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Jim Lauderdale

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Jim Lauderdale

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This Changes Everything

Sky Crunch

Singer-songwriter revisits 11 of his songs covered by others

This isn't the first rodeo for the dancehall shuffles, two-steps, and rave-ups collected on This Changes Everything, Jim Lauderdale's love letter to a distinctly Texas-flavored brand of country. The singer-songwriter originally wrote or co-wrote these 11 tunes for several country artists, including Ed Burleson and George Strait. Many of these songs became classics on their first swing-through. For the most part, they pack more punch here.

Rolling on the ringing strum of John Carroll's and producer Tommy Detamore's acoustic guitars and Lauderdale's warm croon, "All the Rage in Paris," a sentimental remembrance of honky-tonk gigging, boasts more spontaneity here than on the Derailers' 2001 version. The percussive bite of Carroll's cantering acoustic, plus the velvety gravitas of Lauderdale's vocal on "It All Started and Ended with You," renders Burleson's original callow in comparison. …

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