By People Staff
February 23, 1998 12:00 PM

Jim Lauderdale

Better known as a composer than a singer, 40-year-old Lauderdale proves on this album that he has a folksy, Roy Clark-like way with a tune. He wrote or cowrote all the songs on this album, a collection of emotional Nashville tunes, and his standing in country music is high enough for him to attract such hardcore honky-tonk composers as John Scott Sherrill (who collaborated on “She Used to Say That to Me”) and Harlan Howard (cowriter of “Goodbye Song”), and even old pros, including Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys as accompanists (on the bluegrassy “I’ll Lead You Home”). Lauderdale’s songs have been recorded by Vince Gill, Patty Loveless, George Strait and Mark Chesnutt. They, among others, may have to look elsewhere for material if he starts keeping his best stuff for himself. (BNA)