Being quietly prolific is the story of many renowned songwriters. Their words are exhaled by others, and in some cases, their brilliance isn’t fully appreciated until they step from the notepad to the microphone and deliver their own goods. For reference, see singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale.
After first arriving in Nashville to write hit songs for the likes of Shelby Lynne and George Strait, the Grammy and American Music Association award-winning musician carved his own recording path, with 26 albums full of tracks sure to be heard when Lauderdale joins Buffalo’s Stone Country Band for a show at 9:30 p.m. Friday in Sportsmen’s Tavern (326 Amherst St.). Lauderdale’s last release – 2014’s critically acclaimed double album “I’m A Song” – featured collaborations with such country artists as Lee Ann Womack and Patty Loveless, as well as the type of meandering across folk, country and bluegrass lines Lauderdale has become known for. Expect more of the same when he commands Sportsmen’s stage for solo and full-band sets to kick off the weekend.
Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 day of show (at Sportsmen’s or via sportsmenstavern.com).
– Michael Farrell