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Buddy Miler, Jim Lauderdale Team for Duets Album

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Longtime friends (and Americana music stalwarts) Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale are set to unveil a country duets album. Titled Buddy & Jim, it’s the first such effort for the pair and will be released Dec. 11 on New West Records, according to Music Row. The longtime friends debuted the album’s first track, “I Lost My Job of Loving You,” which they co-wrote, during last night’s Awards and Honors gala for the Americana Music Association.

“I can’t believe it’s finally happening,” says Jim. “To get to record with Buddy is a dream.” “We made this record in three days but it sounds like it took four,” adds Buddy, jokingly.

This week has already been a great one for fans of the Americana genre. The roots-music movement’s annual conference is now underway in Nashville, and on Wednesday night (Sept. 12), the awards show was held at the Ryman Auditorium, with the two men on stage throughout the star-studded event, as Buddy led the house band during the awards ceremony and Jim served as host.

Buddy & Jim will be available in advance of the worldwide release on CD and limited-edition vinyl at independent record stores participating in Record Store Day’s Back to Black Friday promotion, which begins Nov. 23.

In addition to their musical collaboration, the two co-host the “Buddy and Jim” radio show from Buddy’s home studio, on SiriusXM Outlaw Country, featuring music and interviews from American roots artists. And yesterday it was revealed that Jim Lauderdale’s latest bluegrass album, Carolina Moonrise, will be released on Sept. 25.

Buddy & Jim track listing:

1. “I Lost My Job of Loving You”

2. “The Train That Carried My Gal From Town”

3. “That’s Not Even Why I Love You”

4. “Down South in New Orleans”

5. “It Hurts Me”

6. “Vampire Girl”

7. “Forever and a Day”

8. “Lonely One in This Town”

9. “Looking for a Heartache”

10. “I Want to Do Everything for You”

11. “The Wobble”

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