Singer-songwriter Jim Lauderdale is set to release the 21st album of his career. The eclectic performer will unveil his latest bluegrass disc, Carolina Moonrise, Sept. 25 on Sky Crunch Records. The new project once again pairs him with musician Randy Kohrs, who produced last year's Grammy-nominated Reason & Rhyme, as well as 2009's Could We Get Any Closer? and 2007's Grammy-winning The Bluegrass Diaries. Jim was also the recipient of a Best Bluegrass Album Grammy in 2002 for Lost in the Lonesome Pines, his collaboration with bluegrass icon Ralph Stanley.

"I am very excited about this record," say the multifaceted entertainer. "I got to write the whole thing with one of my all-time heroes, Robert Hunter. Randy Kohrs really outdid himself as a producer and it was incredible to work with these fine players. This has been an overall great experience."

Carolina Moonrise marks Lauderdale's fifth collaboration with Hunter, the lyricist best-known for his contributions to the songs of the Grateful Dead. "Iodine," the album's first track, will be released as a single to bluegrass radio.

Born in North Carolina, Lauderdale has had songs recorded by George Strait, Patty Loveless, Mark Chesnutt and the Dixie Chicks, to name but a few. In addition to touring extensively, he is set to once again host the Americana Music Associations Awards & Honors ceremony at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium on Wednesday night (Sept. 12).

He also recently joined friend and collaborator Buddy Miller for the Buddy & Jim Show, airing on Sirius XM's Outlaw Country channel bi-weekly on Saturdays at 10:00 PM ET and Sundays at 10:00 AM ET and also hosts the Music City Roots radio show, live from Nashville's Loveless Café airing on Nashville's WSM radio Wednesday nights at 8:00 PM ET.