Buddy Miller is the guitar player to hire if you’re playing heartfelt, not-so-shiny country-rock songs. Jim Lauderdale writes award-winning country songs. He’ll once again host the Americana Music Awards alongside Miller, with whom he shares a radio show on Sirius XM’s Outlaw Country Channel; that’s where the corny humor comes in.
There’s something endearing, old-timey and almost vaudevillian about Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale — even the way they bill themselves as “Buddy and Jim.” Both veteran musicians are in love with country music in all its many forms and influences; their music incorporates the blues and bluegrass, rock ‘n’ roll and a good deal of craft. The songs they performed, at NPR’s offices and on the album, have titles like “I Lost My Job [insert pregnant pause here] of Loving You.” Some good fun to be had at the expense of heartbreak and life’s loves, both lost and found.
They are indeed funny and charming. They both play guitar and the rest of the band includes fiddle, upright bass and a mailing tub for percussion.
Jim is the corny comedian. He says he doesn’t have his contacts in—how’s everybody up there in the balcony? Bob asks if either you guys have had a desk job. Jim says, kind of, he was messenger at Rolling Stone (not a bike messenger). And then he jokes that he had to do some firing of people—and he makes an exaggerated attempt at firing someone in the audience.
Besides the goofiness, they do play three fairly traditional-sounding country songs. “The Train That Carried My Gal From Town” sounds very old timey country (compete with thick singing accents). “It Hurts Me” was written by Buddy’s wife. It’s a slow country ballad.
After the second song, Jim says, “Were having such a good time up here, we’re gonna stay all day long.” Buddy jumps in “That’s what George Jones” says all the time and then he plays one more song and leaves. The final song is “I Lost My Job Of Loving You” my favorite of the three because it’s a little more rocking sounding.
[READ: February 25, 2017] “A System from the North”
This was the second story from Ohlin that I’ve read recently.
I liked the other story but I really liked this one a lot.
It is a strange little story about a woman who is “teaching” in a school. I put teaching is in quotes because this is a school with its own Philosophy. as in “they went outside every day, regardless of the weather; it was part of the Philosophy.”
The teacher is outside with the kids when she notices that the boy in the blue coat is not there. She counts the kids, but the fifth child simply isn’t there.
She takes the children inside and then gets inside her head about where the boy may have gone. (more…)