Smart bets: Jim Lauderdale

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Although country singer-songwriter Jim Lauderdale is as tied to Nashville as to the colorful, embroidered suits he wears, he’s actually a North Carolina native. The son of a minister and a church organist, Lauderdale was born in Troutman, N.C., and grew up in South Carolina. He did head to Nashville after college, but it was in New York where he delved into the twang scene and began playing with his longtime collaborator Buddy Miller (“They really do finish each other’s sentences,” says NPR) before finally making it as a Nashville songwriter. The multi-Grammy winner released his 26th album, I’m a Song, this month. It includes co-writes with Elvis Costello, Robert Hunter, Bobby Bare and others. Lauderdale plays The Orange Peel on Friday, Aug. 1, at 8 p.m. Carlene Carter shares the bill at the seated show. $20 advance/$22 day of show. theorangepeel.net. Photo courtesy of the musician

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Alli Marshall is the arts writer and editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs.

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