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Katie Brianna, Shane Nicholson & More Sing On Star-Studded Aussie Tribute To Jim Lauderdale

24 February 2023 | 12:28 pm | Staff Writer

'Halfway Down Under: A Tribute to Jim Lauderdale' is out 10 March.

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Over two decades and ten visits to Aussie shores, Jim Lauderdale has made Australia a second home, winning leagues of fans amongst not only music lovers but artists across the musical spectrum. Now, a star-studded group of acclaimed local artists are joining forces to pay tribute to the 2-time Grammy winning icon of Americana music with a new compilation album Halfway Down Under: A Tribute to Jim Lauderdale, out Friday 10 March.

Today sees the release of two standout tracks from the album – Katie Brianna’s heartbreaking rendition of You Don’t Seem To Miss Me (the CMA winning song made famous by Patty Loveless and George Jones) and AIR-nominated singer-songwriter Imogen Clark reinventing Tough All Over into a scorching indie-rock kiss-off that sounds like Sheryl Crow by way of Billie Eilish.

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This album features fourteen recordings ranging from classic hits like Where the Sidewalk Ends (rendered in classic country style by nine-time Golden Guitar winner Adam Harvey) and Hole In My Head (a blistering slice of Southern Rock from Blake O’Connor and Sinead Burgess) to brilliant deep cuts like Run Like You (rendered with devoted sensuality by ARIA-nominee Georgia State Line) and El Dorado (sung with aching desperation by 3-time ARIA winner Shane Nicholson), and the almost title track Halfway Down (revved up into a scorching rock’n’roll number by Killing Heidi’s Ella Hooper and You Am I’s Davey Lane).

The album moves stylistically from indie rock (Clark’s fuzzed out kiss off on Tough All Over) to disco (a total reinvention of Planet of Love by Holiday Sidewinder) to jazz (Clayton Doley and Jade MacRae harmonizing over a swinging trio and punchy horns on It’s A Trap) to Charlie Collins’ Wilco-esque take on the mournful You’ll Know When It’s Right.

The album is set to drop in the middle of Lauderdale’s latest visit to our shores, as he kicks off his biggest Australian tour to date, taking in Sydney, Melbourne, Castlemaine and performances at Port Fairy Folk Festival and CMC Rocks QLD. More information and tour dates via here.

Halfway Down Under was produced by award-winning producer-musician Michael Carpenter and concert promoter and documentary filmmaker Jeremy Dylan.

“This album is a testament to Jim Lauderdale’s legend and the stunning catalogue of songs that have come from his pen over the past three decades,” says Dylan. “These songs are as sturdy and beautiful as an ancient oak, and it is so thrilling to hear a new generation of artists find their own way to interpret them, from reverence to reinvention”.

“It’s a rare treat to work on a record where you know going in every song is already a classic,” says Carpenter. “Working with this incredible array of artists, all united and driven by love for Jim and these amazing melodies and lyrics, has been a once in a lifetime experience - although there are more than enough incredible songs left for volume 2, 3 and beyond!”


  1. Blake O’Connor and Sinead Burgess - Hole in My Head
  2. Adam Harvey - Where the Sidewalk Ends
  3. Imogen Clark - Tough All Over
  4. Katie Brianna - You Don’t Seem To Miss Me
  5. Georgia Mooney - The Brighter Side of Lonely
  6. Ella Hooper and Davey Lane - Halfway Down
  7. Charlie Collins - You’ll Know When It’s Right
  8. Holiday Sidewinder - Planet of Love
  9. Clayton Doley and Jade MacRae - It’s A Trap
  10. Georgia State Line - Run Like You
  11. Shane Nicholson - El Dorado
  12. Melody Pool - When Carolina Comes Home Again
  13. Emma Swift - The King of Broken Hearts
  14. Kevin Bennett - Headed for the Hills


Keep up to date with Jim Lauderdale on his Facebook page here.