Lauderdale, originally from the Carolinas, won “Artist of the Year” and “Song of the Year” at the first “Honors and Awards Show” held by the Americana Music Association in 2002. Subsequently, he has hosted this same show for the last seven years.
On the Nashville “A” list of songwriters, his songs have been recorded by artists everyone from Patty Loveless and George Jones to The Dixie Chicks, Solomon Burke, Mark Chesnutt, Dave Edmunds, John Mayall, Kathy Mattea, Lee Ann Womack, Gary Allan, Blake Shelton, Vince Gill, and George Strait. He also contributed several songs to the successful soundtrack of the George Strait film, “Pure Country.” He has toured with Lucinda Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rhonda Vincent and Elvis Costello, among others. Musical influences include the legendary Dr. Ralph Stanley and George Jones. He is a two-time Grammy winner, winning his first in 2002 with Dr. Ralph Stanley for Lost in the Lonesome Pines (Dualtone) and his next for his second “solo” bluegrass album, The Bluegrass Diaries. His current release, Patchwork River, and his second collaboration with Grateful Dead lyricist, Robert Hunter, is currently climbing the Americana radio charts.