Jim Lauderdale (from the album This Changes Everything)
Never one to enjoy downtime, Jim Lauderdale saw a whole lot of nothing to do stretched out in front of him when thirty-two inches of rain fell during a Texas tour. As the Brazos River flooded and his live shows were cancelled, Jim Lauderdale entered a Lone Star state studio with longtime friend Tom Lewis (Whitney Rose) on drums and Tommy Delamonte on pedal steel guitar. Tommy took on the role of producer for This Changes Everything, the album that grew as a result of the rains. This Changes Everything, recorded at Arlyn Studios in Austin, Texas, stays faithful to tradition, Jim Lauderdale explaining that ‘the classic country style was something I really wanted to return to. I felt a calling for it, and these songs felt right. It’s something a band could be playing when you went to a Texas dance hall like Gruene Hall, the Continental Club, or any country bar in the world. You could hear it playing on the jukebox, or the band. And it’s not something you hear a lot of these days. George Jones, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Johnny Bush, Ray Price, Emmylou, Loretta Lynn, Tammy… you know, steel guitar, Telecaster, fiddle. That era and those themes, to me, are what country music….and in 2017, it can’t be just that one thing – the same way rock & roll isn’t just Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis, Little Richard. But those touchstones can still work’.
The style is a perfect fit for the voice of Jim Lauderdale as he shuffles with four-of-a-kind in This Changes Everything, opening the album on the title track, a Bruce Robison co-write, and continuing the movement with “It All Started and Ended with You”, “Lost in the Shuffle”, and “I’ll Still Be Around”. Cuts that appeared on albums of other artists, such as George Strait (“We Really Shouldn’t Be Doing This”), and The Derailers (“All the Rage in Paris”), join with the Jim Lauderdale tunes appearing for the first time on This Changes Everything. Lovers try to be strong as they fall prey to “The Weakness of Two Hearts” as Jim Lauderdale judges “Nobody’s Fault”, sees “There is a Horizon” and hops on the highway to “Drive” in a co-write with Hayes Carll.