Jim Lauderdale and Mac Wiseman in Country Music People

This post is a contribution from Richard Thompson, a semi-regular contributor here at Bluegrass Today. He is also a longstanding contributor to British Bluegrass News, a quarterly print publication where he also briefly served as editor.

Jim Lauderdale on the cover of Country Music PeopleThe February edition of the widely read British publication Country Music People (CMP) magazine features Jim Lauderdale on the front cover.

Lauderdale, whose new album, Bluegrass, was released last September on the Yep Roc label, discussed his song writing and recording career with Janet Apsley as they got together on what was described as a drizzly, dank November evening in Essex. He says he would do anything for bluegrass and speaks of his occasional song writing collaborations with Ralph Stanley. The article covers a complete five pages.

The second and concluding part of an interview with living legend Mac Wiseman, conducted by Nashville-based reporter Walt Trott, is also included. Titled Mac Wiseman: Music and Memories, the article resumes Wiseman’s story in the Spring of 1947, following his departure from Molly O’Day’s band. This later period in his musical life covers the bluegrass era – with Bill Monroe, and Flatt and Scruggs, among others – the Dot Record period and the years thereafter. The comprehensive article, covering ten pages, includes a photograph of the first twin fiddlers in bluegrass; Tommy Jackson and Dale Potter.

Among the CDs reviewed in the magazine are the J D Crowe & The New South Lefty’s Old Guitar (3 out of 5 stars), David Davis And The Warrior River Boys’ Troubled Times (3 stars) and Vernon Oxford Sings Gospel, Country & Bluegrass (3 stars).

Country Music People is available at all good British news vendors and by subscription. Their web site gives readers an idea of its usual content, though the site features an older edition of CMP.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.

  • siggysiggy8

    Good to read Richard Thompson mention Country Music People, a mag always worth reading here in the UK. Lauderdale actually came to us here in Sussex (rather than flatter Essex), to a very small venue just outside Brighton.I wouldn’t argue with the dank and wet bit though! Janet Aspley’s (note typo in RT’s notes) article in CMP for Feb gives a very full account of the man and his music. Check it out. Cheers,

    Siggy