Alive After Five: Jim Lauderdale with Bill Coffey 

Jim Lauderdale's songs may be about heartbreak and loss but they are also about not giving up hope during the rough times.

Born in North Carolina, this minister's son has become one of the most lauded and prolific players in the Americana, country and bluegrass music scenes. Lauderdale has released 19 albums of his own--including his June release, Reason and Rhyme (Sugar Hill Records)--and has written songs for the likes of George Strait, Vince Gill, Blake Shelton and The Dixie Chicks.

The Grammy-winning Lauderdale is without a doubt, one of Nashville's most recognized musicians: in 2002, he was awarded the Americana Music Association's Artist of the Year and Song of the Year at its inaugural honors and awards show. Lauderdale has hosted the show now for the past seven years.

Prepare to see a master at work at tonight's Alive After Five.

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