On September 24, 2019, Jim Lauderdale played a set at the North Carolina Executive Mansion in Raleigh for the Music at the Mansion series, an ongoing program of Come Hear North Carolina hosted by Governor Roy Cooper and First Lady Kristin Cooper. He was accompanied by the Asheville, N.C. based band Fireside Collective and Zebulon Bowles .
Jim Lauderdale is a prolific songwriter and Grammy Award-winning musician whose career spans decades. Born in Troutman, North Carolina, Lauderdale was raised in a musical family. His mother was a chorus and piano teacher and music director at the church where his father preached. Growing up, Lauderdale had a voracious appetite for all types of music – from the sacred to secular, and to date his musical output and collaborations are a testament to an ongoing passion for and comfort in making many kinds of music. He’s collaborated with the likes of Ralph Stanley, Elvis Costello, and Robert Hunter, the late lyricist for the Grateful Dead. It has been said that arrival of the genre dubbed “Americana” marked a music-industry embrace of the type of music Lauderdale’s made throughout his life.
Lauderdale prepared a stripped-down bluegrass set for his Music at the Mansion, which you can enjoy below.