11 April 1957, Statesville, North Carolina, USA. Lauderdales father was a minister and his mother a music teacher and choir director. He played drums in the school band and after graduation decided to become a solo performer in New York. He impressed record producer Pete Anderson while in the Los Angeles production of Pump Boys And Dinettes and was recorded for the compilationA Town South Of Bakersfield, Volume 2. Lauderdale then sang backing vocals for various artists including Carlene Carter and Dwight Yoakam, and had his songs recorded by Vince Gill and George Strait. Planet Of Love, his impressive 1991 debut, was co-produced by Rodney Crowell and John Leventhal and included Marc Cohn and Shawn Colvin among the musicians. Lauderdale wrote all the songs, performing them in a variety of styles ranging from western swing to Jerry Lee Lewis.
Subsequent releases met with favourable reviews, although Lauderdale enjoyed more success...
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