JIM LAUDERDALE, “Reason and Rhyme,” Sugar Hill. 11 tracks

Jim Lauderdale, a musician and songwriter known for his “bluegrass with a twist” style, teamed up with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter to write the 11 songs on “Reason and Rhyme,” his first album on the Sugar Hill label.

It follows their collaboration last year on “Patchwork River.”

Then, Lauderdale brought in Randy Kohrs to produce and play Dobro and lined up a stellar cast of musicians, including Scott Vestal, Mike Compton, Jay Weaver, Clay Hess and Tim Crouch.

The result is another strong album from the man who shared a Grammy with Ralph Stanley for their 2002 collaboration, “Lost in the Lonesome Pines,” and won it on his own with 2007’s “The Bluegrass Diaries.”

Lauderdale, 54, made his mark in Nashville in the 1990s, writing hits for George Strait, the Dixie Chicks, Patty Loveless, Mark Chesnutt and others. Then, he began following his dream of being a performer.

Songs include “Not Let You Go,” about a haunted house, where each generation is marked for slaughter; “Jack Dempsey’s Crown,” about a fighter who discovers that when you beat the champ, there’s no place to go but down; and “Fields of the Lord,” a blazing gospel song.

Can’t find it in stores? Try www.JimLauderdale.com.

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