Jim Lauderdale is a musician’s musician, a singer’s singer. But on I’m a Song, his staggering-to-reflect 26th album, he has plenty to offer the listener and fan. After many handfuls of Grammys, Americana Music Association and other awards, Lauderdale has put together his debut double album, packing 20 of his own songs and co-writes together with a house full of big names in the country and Americana circuits.
Instincts can sometimes question double albums, and it has to be said that as hugely enjoyable and varied as I’m a Song undoubtedly is, it does fade a little as it goes along. Two-CD sets are always big projects, and all of the musicians and writers should be credited for their contributions. The album is unapologetically country, and traditional in focus, and offers a lot for fans, completists, and those that like well-constructed, classic, complete songs. Lauderdale’s voice, and his sense of self and his music is both obvious and celebrated. With a wide range of style, I’m a Song is a very good record.