The Buddy & Jim Show, a weekly 2-hour show featuring Americana mainstays Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale, debuted in 2012 on SiriusXM’s Outlaw Country channel. After making more than 100 episodes over the last few years, the two musical compadres hosted their very first live recording event on Saturday night (Nov. 14) at City Winery, near downtown Nashville.
“We want you guys to feel relaxed, as if we really are in Buddy’s house,” Jim Lauderdale said at the beginning of the show. The two hosts certainly seemed relaxed, interrupting each other with self-deprecating remarks and friendly jibes throughout the show.
To get the show started, they played “The Train That Carried My Gal From Town.” After the performance, Jim pointed out that the song was from their 2013 collaboration, Buddy & Jim. “That’s what we called it?” Buddy said, sarcastically, “That’s the best we could do?”
After they played a few more songs from their own deep catalogs, it was time to bring out their guests.
The first guest was Charles “Chip” Esten, best known for portraying Deacon Claybourne on ABC’s popular Nashville TV show. Chip doesn’t just play a country artist on TV, he is actually a very real and capable performer and songwriter. After his energetic performance, he shared some stories about how his life and experiences in Nashville intersect with the TV show.
The second guest, Jack Ingram, played some new songs and told a few stories about his experiences as a touring musician and squeezing songwriting into his busy life as a dad and husband. Jack’s last album release was in 2009, but he told the audience that he would be releasing a new album, Midnight Motel, soon.
Buddy introduced the final guest, Tony Joe White, as, “one of my heroes forever.” During the pre-performance interview, Tony Joe spoke slowly in his distinctively low, Southern drawl about his snakeskin guitar strap and a new cookbook, Rattlesnakes & Cookies, which he made with his wife. After the interview, he performed a few of his swampy classics, including “Steamy Windows” and “Polk Salad Annie.”
Buddy & Jim came back out to finish the show with “Hole In My Head,” which was co-written by them and was recorded by the Dixie Chicks for their multi-platinum 1999 album, Fly.
There are two more The Buddy & Jim Show live recording events planned at City Winery. The Jan. 14 and Feb. 25, 2016, shows will feature Lee Ann Womack and Bobby Bare with Bobby Bare, Jr. More details will be announced soon.
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