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Honey Songs

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Honey Suckle Honey Pie
Artist: Jim Lauderdale and the Dream Players
2:43
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I Hope You're Happy
Artist: Jim Lauderdale and the Dream Players
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Hittin' It Hard
Artist: Jim Lauderdale and the Dream Players
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It's Finally Sinkin' In
Artist: Jim Lauderdale and the Dream Players
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Borrow Some Summertime
Artist: Jim Lauderdale and the Dream Players
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Daughters Of The Majestic Sage
Artist: Jim Lauderdale and the Dream Players
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Molly's Got A Chain
Artist: Jim Lauderdale and the Dream Players
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Those Kinds Of Things Don't Happen Every Day
Artist: Jim Lauderdale and the Dream Players
3:53
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Stingray
Artist: Jim Lauderdale and the Dream Players
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I'm Almost Back
Artist: Jim Lauderdale and the Dream Players
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 10   Total Length: 35:50

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Glad I Listened

PeppermintDog

If I had gone strictly by Emusic's review, I wouldn't have bought this record ('cuz I'm not a b-grass fan). But, I ignored it and listened anyway, and I liked it. Having downloaded and spent some time with it, I see why Lauderdale is getting the kudos he's getting. I've always preferred him as a songwriter and supporting vocalist but this changes my mind somewhat. And it is a great band.

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Everyone a winner

Average-Nights-Jack

Ok so it's not strictly bluegrass but he still deserves his award for releasing this superb album, backed by some of Nashvilles finest. His middle name should be "prolific" which would fit his recording productivity and whether he is on his own or with any bluegrass/country legend then the quality of the music remains first class. Don't knock a true genius and these 10 tracks clearly amplify why he is held in high regard by so many people. I hope you're happy, cos I surely am.

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Not Bluegrass

SpicyMustard

This is NOT Bluegrass. It is definitely more Americana/Alt Country, and a good one at that. I look forward to seeing him at Merlefest.

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Not Hardly Bluegrass

wwesternglass

Bluegrass Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards in 2009? This is some great music, but I do not think even The Grammys' people would be so clueless as to identify it as the bluegrass music.

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"Dream Players" indeed!

farawayhills

Jim Lauderdale has been pretty active in recording recently, and this collection is an interesting addition to his work, offering a variety of pace and subject matter, The name "Dream Players" is no exaggeration - he's joined by Glen D. Hardin (keyboards with the Crickets, Emmylou's Hot Band, etc); Al Perkins (steel with the Flying Burrito Brothers, Stephen Stills, etc.); James Burton (guitarist for Elvis Pesley, Rick Nelson, Merle Haggard, etc.); Ron Tutt (drummer with Elvis, Gram Parsons, etc.); Gary Tallent, bass with Bruce Springsteen, Steve Earle, etc.). Add Emmylou Harris, harmony on track 10, Patty Loveless on 3, Kelly Hogan on other tracks - and it's a measure of the respect with which Jim Lauderdale is viewed by other artists.

They Say All Music Guide

At a time when what passes for wisdom in the music business suggests you should make an album and then milk it for all its worth for at least a couple years, Jim Lauderdale prefers to do things the old-fashioned way — he writes songs and makes records with care but without dawdling, and 2008′s Honey Songs is his fourth album in 18 months. The sessions for Honey Songs find Lauderdale backed by what he calls “the Dream Players,” and this is a band with more than a few legends on board — guitarist James Burton and drummer Ron Tutt from Elvis Presley’s T.C.B. Band, Garry Tallent from Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band on bass, and legendary session men Glen D. Hardin (piano) and Al Perkins (pedal steel). (The crew of backing vocalists is stellar as well, including Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller, Patty Loveless, and Kelly Hogan.) Despite the high-priced help, Lauderdale has no trouble showing he’s the star of the show on Honey Songs; while these ten songs generally deal with traditional themes, his skill with a lyric and a melody is never in doubt, and from the cautionary tale of “Hittin’ It Hard” and the hard-loving joy of “Honeysuckle Honeypie” to the heartbroken lament of “Molly’s Got a Chain” and “Those Kind of Things Don’t Happen Every Day”‘s stories of unexpected generosity, Lauderdale’s songs reveal a subtle intelligence and understanding of his characters that speak both wisdom and common sense, and his tunes are every bit as compelling as the words. Lauderdale’s a fine singer to boot, and with a band this strong behind him, he’s able to give these performances the honest emotional delivery they deserve. Jim Lauderdale isn’t trying to pretend he’s working in Nashville in 1958 — he simply understands the virtues of Nashville’s golden era and applies them to the songs he’s writing in the 21st century, and Honey Songs is a splendid example of the best of country’s past and present. Think he can make another album this good in six months? – Mark Deming

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