Sam Outlaw and Jim Lauderdale will be performing at Paradiso next week13-07-2017
With this second album, Outlaw – one of LA’s only modern country artists – shows an impressive refinement of his artistic identity. Sonically, the album further elaborates Outlaw’s “SoCal Country” sound, a sun-bleached, Baja-influenced twang that deftly points to country music’s neo-traditionalists and LA’s legendary singer-songwriters. Thematically Tenderheart is a thesis on self-discovery and the power of love. Tenderheart’s introspection is most potent when filtered through Outlaw’s distinctive Los Angeles lens.
“Trouble,” one of the album’s standouts, makes being bad sound pretty damn good with determined ‘Side A’ swagger, and kicks off a classic country song cycle that chronicles a heart’s bend, break and mend.
Tenderheart shows that Outlaw’s songwriting continues to sharpen; his clever intertwining of country tropes with crisp modernism has already impressed the like of alt-country pioneer Ryan Adams, who repeatedly praised Outlaw’s debut.
Jim Lauderdale is both a 'songwriter's songwriter', who has written/co-written many modern classics for iconic artists, as well as an intuitive sideman who has enhanced the music of a bevy of esteemed musicians. As a solo artist, he has created a critically acclaimed body of work spanning nearly 30 albums of imaginative roots music, encompassing country, bluegrass, soul, R&B and rock.
Jim Lauderdale just released, London Southern. Produced by Neil Brockbank (Nick Lowe) and Robert Trehern in two sessions at Gold Top Studios in London, London Southern is a genre skipping collection of brilliantly written songs. The album is considered to be his best to date.