Jim Lauderdale Is King

GRAMMY-winning songwriter discusses his new album with Buddy Miller, Buddy And Jim, and the new documentary highlighting his career, The King Of Broken Hearts.

(The GRAMMY Museum will host Reel To Reel: The King Of Broken Hearts With Jim Lauderdale on Dec. 11. The event will feature a screening of The King Of Broken Hearts, a feature-length documentary highlighting Lauderdale's career journey, and will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Lauderdale. Visit the GRAMMY Museum website for ticket information.)

Americana artists Jim Lauderdale and Buddy Miller have shared stages — and a friendship — since meeting in New York three decades ago. But until Buddy And Jim, a new album of country duets set for release on Dec. 11, they've never shared album billing, though they've "threatened" to record together for about 15 years.

Scheduling was the main roadblock. Two-time GRAMMY-winning Lauderdale is an in-demand writer and collaborator whose songs have been recorded by artists such as George Strait, Patty Loveless, George Jones, the Dixie Chicks, Blake Shelton, Lucinda Williams, and Vince Gill. His discography includes more than 20 solo albums, including his latest bluegrass effort, Carolina Moonrise, which was released in September.

As for fellow GRAMMY winner Miller, most recently he produced GRAMMY nominee Carolina Chocolate Drops' Leaving Eden and Shawn Colvin's All Fall Down and forthcoming albums for Robert Plant's Band Of Joy and Richard Thompson, in addition to Buddy And Jim. He's also helping his wife, Julie Miller, complete another album and collaborating with T Bone Burnett on the TV series "Nashville," in which he recently appeared. Miller also co-hosts the weekly "Buddy & Jim Show" with Lauderdale on SiriusXM Radio's Outlaw Country channel, and leads the house band for the Americana Music Association's annual Americana Honors & Awards, which Lauderdale hosts.