Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale with Max GomezPop/Rock
Long-time-coming duets are in the air in Americana right now. Married singer-songwriters Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison recently made their first album together, as did Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell. (Crowell was a member of the first version of Harris’ Hot Band.) Then there’s Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale, who go back much further than their days of shepherding awards shows side by side. They met in the late-’70s New York country bar scene, and to one degree or another, their careers have been intertwined ever since, Miller serving as Lauderdale’s guitarist, Lauderdale co-writing many a song with Miller and his wife Julie, and so on. As busy as they both are with solo careers, Lauderdale’s songwriting and Miller’s producing and guitar-slinging, they only got around to making a long-promised brotherly duets album last year. Buddy & Jim contains a wealth of heartbreak songs, but there’s something lighthearted about the players’ loose-limbed attack, the familiarity between the two piquant country-blues singers and their occasionally surprising song choices. Take the album closer, a hot, jiving cover of a 1959 dance tune called “The Wobble”; Miller, the more serious of the two, picked it out. That’s the sort of brio they bring out in each other.
The Mercy Lounge
Show: 8:00 PM
18 and over