Jim Lauderdale is a Nashville utility player whose songs have shinnied up the country charts for George Strait, Patty Loveless, and the Dixie Chicks, and whose collaborators are as varied as Ralph Stanley, Elvis Costello, Solomon Burke, and the North Mississippi Allstars. His solo career, though, has been a tad overlooked. Nevertheless, Lauderdale’s 29th solo album, London Southern, is another nugget. Recorded in the U.K. with Nick Lowe’s band and producers, LS explores the revolving influences of American roots and British pop, especially the Beatles. Their version of “Act Naturally” is reflected in the jaunty “No Right Way to Be Wrong,” while “This Is a Door” has hints of skiffle, a key Fab Four inspiration, and “If I Can’t Resist,” a blue-eyed soul gem co-written by John Oates, slyly refers to their “Bésame Mucho” cover.