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About Lauderdale

Sheffield, AL

Lauderdale began in early 2005, shortly after New Year's Eve. Here it is, four years later and the band has finally settled into the lineup that will ultimately define it's sound. The sound is American folk, Rock and Roll without any pretensions. The band, born and raised in the Shoals area of North Alabama, is obviously deep rooted in Southern culture. The Muscle Shoals area has provided no shortage of influences for the band. A lot of the best and most successful music from the 60's and 70's was produced and engineered in the band's hometown. Lauderdale has also been influenced from a wide range of other musical genres as well. Taking mostly from folk, country, bluegrass and Americana, the band performs these styles with their own huge injection of guitar driven Rock and Roll. Their music is saturated with big, beautiful melodies and strong pop hooks with a true southern grace. The band has been compared to many their heroes, including the Jayhawks, Lucero, Drive-by Truckers, R.E.M., and Grant Lee Buffalo.

Lauderdale is the head-on collision of a struggling band coming apart at the seams and an engineer/songwriter eagerly waiting for the right people to come along. The band experienced a handful of rotating members before settling into the current line-up: Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist-Niles Lee, Drummer-Patrick Mcdonald ,Bassist-Chirs James, Keyboardist-Ben Tanner, and guitarist - Daniel Stoddard. Soon after the band was formed in 2005, a three song demo was recorded for booking and immediately received an overwhelming local response. They played their first show in Birmingham, Alabama, at The Nick, a venue Rolling Stone labeled the “CBGB of the South”. Lauderdale has since shared the stage with bands such as Wild Sweet Orange, Glossary, Jucifer, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Mark Pickerel and many more.

Lauderdale's self-titled debut album can be purchased at, and



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