It’s no secret Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale run with the same crowd, a crowd comprised of some of the leading ambassadors of American roots music. They launched a satellite radio show together earlier this year, they’ve co-commanded the stage of the Americana Music Awards for a good while — Lauderdale as droll host and Miller as laconic band leader — and their fingerprints are all over each other’s discographies.
Actually, their intertwined history stretches back to their days working well beneath the radar in New York bar bands. What they’d never done until this month’s Buddy and Jim was thoroughly blend their distinct sounds and personalities on a duo album. The resulting 11-song set, and the quips they exchanged in an interview about it, indicate just how comfortable these two picking and singing songwriters are working side by side.