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Country Picks, June 19: Jim Lauderdale at Southland Ballroom

Jim Lauderdale, among the most respected artists in country-bluegrass-Americana, will perform at Southland Ballroom on Wednesday.
Jim Lauderdale, among the most respected artists in country-bluegrass-Americana, will perform at Southland Ballroom on Wednesday. JIMLAUDERDALE.COM

Among the most respected artists in country-bluegrass-Americana, Jim Lauderdale has made his name as a Grammy-winning performer, songwriter and recording artist, with some 26 albums to his credit. He’s recorded with such luminaries as bluegrass patriarch Ralph Stanley, and his songs have been covered by George Jones, George Strait, Blake Shelton and other A-list artists. A graduate of Durham’s Carolina Friends School, Lauderdale’s career jump-started with the 1989 release of his Rodney Crowell-produced “King of Broken Hearts,” a tribute to Jones and Gram Parsons.

On Wednesday, Lauderdale will sing songs from his Buddy Miller collaboration, “Buddy and Jim,” at Southland Ballroom. Jeanne Jolly will also appear. Get more info at southlandballroom.com.

Other highlights

▪ Americana artist Neko Case performs Friday nightat the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh, and Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road host a CD release show at Lorraine’s Coffee House in Garner.

▪ American Tobacco Campus’ Back Porch Music on the Lawn series hosts Grammy nominee Alice Gerrard and the Piedmont Melody Makers on Thursday in Durham. The Gravy Boys will share the bill.

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