August 26, 2014

‘The King of Broken Hearts’ set for release September 15


“One of the most engaging music documentaries of the last few years”
–       Juli Thanki, The Engine145

Jim Lauderdale, the two-time Grammy winning hit Nashville songwriter and icon of Americana music, is set to mark his 25th year of record-making with the release of a new feature documentary chronicling his unconventional life and career.

Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts tells the story of the two-time Grammy winner from his Carolina roots, honing his chops in the 80s country scenes of NY and LA, false starts and record company frustrations, before George Strait sold six million albums with two of his songs and catapulted Jim to the A-list of Nashville songwriters, penning hits for Patty Loveless, Gary Allan, the Dixie Chicks, Blake Shelton, Solomon Burke and more.

He pioneered the Americana sound and became the face of the genre, hosting the Americana Music Awards for over a decade and producing a prolific series of albums encompassing country, bluegrass, rock and soul that have won him critical acclaim and a devoted fan base around the world.

Jim’s story is told through interviews with Jim, Buddy Miller, Elvis Costello, John Oates, Rodney Crowell, Gary Allan, Tony Brown, Randy Kohrs, Sunny Sweeney, Ketch Secor and more. It also features performances with his country and bluegrass bands from the start of his career through to recent shows in the wine country of Australia and Nashville’s legendary Station Inn.

The documentary was shot in iconic locations such as Nashville’s legendary RCA Studio A, the Joshua Tree area in California and the 25th annual MerleFest in Wilkesboro, NC. The film is directed by Australian filmmaker Jeremy Dylan and produced by Chris Kamen and Dylan.

“Turning Jim’s life into a film has been an adventure with as many unexpected twists and turns as Jim’s career and as satisfying as one of Jim’s songs,” says director Jeremy Dylan. “No matter what you think you know about Jim Lauderdale, this movie will surprise you”.

The film also features an intimate, all access look at the making of Lauderdale’s acclaimed, star-studded new album I’m A Song – from songwriting beginnings stalking through the California desert to racing against time to finish the songs in the studio with legendary musicians like Rock’n’Roll Hall of Famer James Burton.

The film premiered at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame, the Grammy Museum in LA and NYC’s Lincoln Center. It will be available for digital download and DVD from September 15 at

For media enquiries, please contact producer Chris Kamen on

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