Jim Lauderdale & Lillie Mae
2023 Summer Benefit Concert
at The Cameo · St. Helena · Napa Valley California
Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to experience the magic of country music at the Cameo Cinema in St. Helena! On August 10th, the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Jim Lauderdale will be joined by the phenomenal Lillie Mae for an unforgettable night of country music.
Jim Lauderdale’s soulful melodies and captivating lyrics are known for transporting audiences to a world where country music reigns supreme. Lillie Mae’s fiery spirit and emotionally charged performances, combined with her chart-topping hits and relatable storytelling, will have you singing along and tapping your feet all night long.
The Cameo Cinema, nestled in the beautiful Napa Valley, is the perfect setting for this extraordinary benefit concert. And of course there will be great food, beer, and wine at the event! Brought to you by B&B Music, this event aims to support the arts and the beloved Cameo Cinema.
Jim Lauderdale & Lillie Mae
Doors open 6:30pm
Show starts 7:30pm
Show ends 10:30pm
Proceeds to benefit our local theater, the Cameo Cinema in St Helena
If you can’t make it to the event, please consider showing your support with a donation.
About Jim Lauderdale
Jim Lauderdale is an American country, bluegrass, and Americana singer-songwriter. He was born on April 11, 1957, in Troutman, North Carolina. Lauderdale has built a career as a prolific songwriter, having written songs for various country music artists, including George Strait, Blake Shelton, Patty Loveless, and the Dixie Chicks.
As a solo artist, Jim Lauderdale has released 34 studio albums since his debut in 1986 with Point of No Return. His music blends traditional country sounds with elements of bluegrass, rock, and soul. Lauderdale’s work has been recognized with multiple awards and nominations, including Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame 2022 and two Grammy Awards for Best Bluegrass Album.
In addition to his own music, Lauderdale has collaborated with several notable artists, such as Ralph Stanley, Buddy Miller, and Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. He is known for his distinctive vocals and songwriting style, and his ability to bridge different genres within the realm of Americana music.
Jim Lauderdale continues to be an active musician touring both nationally and internationally, recording albums, appearing as a guest of The Grand Ole Opry, and co hosting The Buddy & Jim Show on SiriusXM’s Outlaw Country. He remains highly regarded within the country and Americana music communities.
About Lillie Mae
Music has always been a major part of singer/songwriter/guitarist/fiddle player Lillie Mae’s life. At the age of 3, Mae started performing and playing with her family band at churches, fairs, festivals and theme parks. The family moved to Nashville when she was 8, expanding their profile —and her own experience. They were soon playing at bluegrass festivals and at Dolly Parton’s dinner theater show in Myrtle Beach. Traveling and performing became the norm. The family would work with Cowboy Jack Clement, in addition to recording and touring consistently.
By the time she was a teen, Lillie Mae and her siblings were tearing it up. They formed Jypsi and were signed to Arista Records when she was 14. The group experienced success with two Top 40 singles on the Hot Country Songs charts.
However, that success didn’t last. The fickleness of the major label system caused Jypsi’s album to be shelved. But Lillie Mae would go on to success as a studio musician, performing with many top musicians, including Dwight Yoakam, the Grammy-nominated Michael Kiwanuka, Dean Fertitta and Jack White.
Mae met the Third Man crew when White’s long-time engineer Josh Smith suggested that she and her sister Scarlett record for The Lone Ranger soundtrack. Around that time, White was putting the finishing touches on his solo debut, Blunderbuss, and enlisted Mae for “Take Me With You When You Go.” After that, White invited Lillie to join his all-female touring band. With Jypsi on hiatus, she accepted the offer.
Those journeys with White brought her to some of the biggest festival and concert halls in the world. One show, in particular, stands out. In 2014 as part of White’s Lazaretto tour, Lillie Mae performed at Neil Young’s legendary Bridge School benefit show. When all of the musicians assembled for the show’s finale, Mae interacted with Young, a moment which remains a career thrill — as was playing fiddle for Robert Plant. After meeting him while on tour with White, Plant entrusted her to play in his Shapeshifters band when his fiddle player couldn’t make a show. The ex-Led Zeppelin frontman appreciated the performance so much that he enlisted her for more shows, and even had her open for him.
After she was off the road with White, she’d go on to release two albums, 2017’s Forever and Then Some and 2019’s Other Girls, on Third Man Records.
In 2021, Mae went back in the studio, but knew she wanted to make a record outside of Nashville — instead working out of Texas. She enlisted Beau Bedford to produce the album and her family to serve as her backing band. Consisting of eight songs, Festival Eyes fulfills her vast promise as a songwriter and performer. These heartfelt songs are drawn from her own experiences, including the devastating loss of her 17-year-old dog (“Cherry Pie”). The title track is a bit lighter, inspired by a conversation Mae had about how at the end of a festival day, your make-up has as much wear-and-tear as the day itself. “Love Is Love” is Mae reflecting on love equality and how it’s still difficult for people to be themselves within society’s parameters.
Festival Eyes also includes a cover of Neil Young’s “Razor Love.” The song was introduced to her by Bedford, and quickly became a favorite. Inspired by her mother’s maiden name, Razor, the song’s pure look at love cuts through with Lillie Mae’s beautiful vocals and composition.