Jim Lauderdale is a Grammy winning singer/songwriter who has released 13 albums. His songs have been recorded by John Mayall, Nick Lowe, Dave Edmunds, as well as George Strait, Vince Gill, and Patty Loveless to name a few. His latest CD Headed for the Hills is a collaboration with the prolific Robert Hunter of the Grateful Dead family.
“The Nashville Scene” described Webb Wilder‘s music as a distillation of surf music, rockabilly, Texas blues and voodoo swamp rock with punchy guitar-driven arrangements. The self-described “last of the full grown men,” he hosts a daily XM Satellite Radio show on channel 12 (M-F, 2-5 p.m. EST, Sundays 4-8 p.m. EST) and has starred in the underground cult classic film “Horror Hayride.” On his album Town and Country he covers everyone from The Flamin’ Groovies to Waylon Jennings. His most recent album is About Time, recorded with his band the Nashvegans.
Elmore: What are you listening to now?
Lauderdale: The Duhks, a Canadian band, and Buddy Miller’s Universal United House of Prayer
Wilder: Jet, Faces, Badfinger, Jimmy Cliff and old country on XM Channels plus all the stuff on XM12, Cross Country.
Elmore: What’s the first record you ever bought?
Lauderdale: Meet the Beatles
Wilder: I ordered Rick Nelson’s Million Sellers and Elvis Presley’s It Happened at The World’s Fair from Sears.
Elmore: What’s the first instrument you ever played?
Lauderdale: The drums
Wilder: Guitar, but I played bass in my first band.
Elmore:Who would you like to write with that you haven’t?
Lauderdale: Bob Dylan
Wilder: Bobby Russell and Ronnie Laine, but they’re dead.
Elmore: What brought you to the instrument that you now play?
Lauderdale: I had started playing bluegrass banjo and wanted to diversify more so I could back myself up singing in different styles, so I started playing guitar.
Wilder: I just always dug guitar, and I’ve played at playin’ it since the age of 12. I should be Segovia by now, but I’m more like Pro-Am. I guess Roy Rogers, Elvis and The Beatles had a lot to do with it.
Elmore: Who would you like in your Rock & Roll heaven band?
Lauderdale: Jim Keltner, Tony Garnier, Keith Richards, Buddy Miller, and James Burton.
Wilder: Al Jackson on drums, James Jamerson on bass and Pete Ham from Badfinger on lead. He could sing a lot, too and I’d just play rhythm behind him. I wish Ian McLagan the longest of lives, but I have always wanted to play with him
Elmore: What’s your favorite album of all time?
Lauderdale: There’s too many. I don’t know.
Wilder: The Band by The Band is hard to beat. I love No Dice by Badfinger, Let It Bleed, Rubber Soul. There’s an album by the Everlys called The Everly Brothers Sing Great Country Hits. It’s a real whamdoodler.
Elmore: Where do you buy your music?
Lauderdale: The record store.
Wilder: Amazon, Grimmey’s and Tower here in Nashville. Phonoluxe and Great Escape are good used record stores here, too. Can’t forget Ernest Tubb’s and The Country Music Hall of Fame Gift Shop.
Elmore: What was the song that made you realize you wanted to be in music?
Lauderdale: “Those Old Cotton Fields Back Home”
Wilder: My late aunt,Montressa Wilder said I sang before I talked.
Elmore: What musicians influenced you most?
Lauderdale: Ralph Stanley, Gram Parsons, Muddy Waters, and George Jones
Wilder: Keith Richard, Ron Wood and Dave Edmunds really pointed the way to Chuck Berry,which is a whole lot of the way I try to play the guitar. Many people: Beatles, Stones, (Merle) Haggard, Hank (Williams), Jerry Lee (Lewis).
Elmore: What’s your desert island CD?
Lauderdale: History of Music
Wilder: Sometimes I think it’s The Band. I have thought that it’s No Dice by Badfinger. Hank Williams’ Greatest Hits or a Stones collection or Rubber Soulwould all be good choices as well.