Lucinda Williams C/D?

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I checked the archives and found it hard to believe that this had not been done before. I say classic if for no other reason than Car Wheels on A Gravel Road and the S/T albums. Having said that I am a little leery about her new one West from the songs I have heard.

Jim Reckling (Jim Reckling), Saturday, 20 January 2007 16:41 (sixteen years ago) link

worthy literate etc but big D for dull

beating mr snrub to the punch (lovebug starski), Saturday, 20 January 2007 16:47 (sixteen years ago) link


The Dusty Baker Selection (Charles McCain), Saturday, 20 January 2007 17:11 (sixteen years ago) link

That is Destroy:Essence

The Dusty Baker Selection (Charles McCain), Saturday, 20 January 2007 17:11 (sixteen years ago) link

Anyone heard the new one, West?

M. V. (M.V.), Saturday, 20 January 2007 17:15 (sixteen years ago) link

Car Wheels, Sweet Old World and the S/T are great great great. the subsequent stuff hasn't interested me much, but she's still definitely C.

gabbneb (gabbneb), Saturday, 20 January 2007 17:42 (sixteen years ago) link

the new one is tuneful but feels very familiar, melodically and thematically. she's repeating herself.

Car Wheels, Sweet Old World and the S/T are great great great.

pretty much. they all have some filler, but more classic than not. essence has a lower batting average, but the great songs on there (the title track, "blue," "lonely girls," "i envy the wind") are some of my favorites. world without tears didn't do much for me -- some ill-advised nods toward hip-hop, and a lot of stuff that felt recycled.

gypsy mothra (gypsy mothra), Saturday, 20 January 2007 18:19 (sixteen years ago) link

What did Xgua write in his A+ review of Car Wheels? "Most accomplished record maker of her generation"? That's about right.

Roy Kasten (Roy Kasten), Saturday, 20 January 2007 18:31 (sixteen years ago) link

I'm a big fan of Car Wheels, sort of desert island style, but the rest I have been disappointed by. That was one of those records that just clicked time and place and dispositiion.

mcd (mcd), Saturday, 20 January 2007 18:57 (sixteen years ago) link

uh, I respectfully disagree on Lucinda, Christgau was making a point about studio-rock, seems to me, and OK, she spent a long time making it. Great songwriter, lousy singer. what many hear as heroic self-revealing and/or accomplished craft I hear as just more self-involved singersongwriterdom with place names, Professional Southerner Division. Great songwriter, though. Overall, a big fat Dud.

edd s hurt (ddduncan), Saturday, 20 January 2007 19:00 (sixteen years ago) link

well, yeah, car wheels was well-tailored and timed for the alt country kids while the previous two had to get by with the more specialized singer-songwriter and louisiana dancehall types

gabbneb (gabbneb), Saturday, 20 January 2007 19:02 (sixteen years ago) link


gabbneb (gabbneb), Saturday, 20 January 2007 19:02 (sixteen years ago) link

I really only loved, at the time, the eponymous album and Sweet Old World. After that her drawley droney thing and the self-conciously poet-ick-ness of the lyrics go over the top, to such a degree that I can't stand to listen to her for two seconds without clenching my fists. Even the stuff I used to love and listen to over and over is ruined. SHE IS DEAD TO ME NOW.

Beth Parker (Beth Parker), Saturday, 20 January 2007 19:05 (sixteen years ago) link

if you think she's a lousy singer, i don't really know what to say to that

gabbneb (gabbneb), Saturday, 20 January 2007 19:05 (sixteen years ago) link

her vocal style is samey, i admit, and she doesn't do much for me live

gabbneb (gabbneb), Saturday, 20 January 2007 19:06 (sixteen years ago) link

If by "alt country kids" you mean "dads" and if by "lousiana dance hall types" you mean "no one" then I think I agree with you. xpxpxp

mcd (mcd), Saturday, 20 January 2007 19:08 (sixteen years ago) link

Classic both album-wise and live. Even if the last one was arguably the worst, "Real Live Bleeding Fingers..." is one my favorite Lucinda tunes. The new one's getting the usual pre-release hype, and with anything she does, I'll get it.

Adam Harrison-Friday (AdamFriday), Saturday, 20 January 2007 19:29 (sixteen years ago) link

i like her singing a lot, at her best, the sexy slur and all. but like the rest of her world-weary hard-ridden tormented poet routine it has somewhat devolved toward shtick. i think it's a thoroughgoing shtick -- by all accounts she lives it like she sings it -- but still.

gypsy mothra (gypsy mothra), Saturday, 20 January 2007 19:42 (sixteen years ago) link

I find Car Wheels slightly overrated and actually prefer Essence, which conjures a more convincing lovesick atmosphere than, say, Time Out Of Mind. Her eponymous debut is still the classic, especially "Crescent City" and "Side of the Road.'

Also: Greil Marcus' splenetic disgust is marvelous to read.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Saturday, 20 January 2007 23:00 (sixteen years ago) link

Apparently the S/T album is now out of print.

Jim Reckling (Jim Reckling), Saturday, 20 January 2007 23:05 (sixteen years ago) link

self-involved singersongwriterdom with place names

mookieproof (mookieproof), Saturday, 20 January 2007 23:08 (sixteen years ago) link

don't know nothin about her, i let all that car wheels hype wash over me way back when(what i heard of the album was boring) but her cover of "Gentle on My Mind" at the end of Talladega Nights was *perfect*, and naturally you can't find it anywhere, not even digitally.

tremendoid (tremendoid), Sunday, 21 January 2007 00:05 (sixteen years ago) link

She's obviously classic. But only for the big 3, the self titled, Sweet Old World and Car Wheels. Essence and World Without Tears really aren't very good.

kornrulez6969 (TCBeing), Sunday, 21 January 2007 01:49 (sixteen years ago) link

Alfred one zillion percent OTM. She was already schticking it up by the time of "Car Wheels."

A Radio Picture (Rrrickey), Sunday, 21 January 2007 05:29 (sixteen years ago) link

Alfred much less OTM re "Time Out of Mind," but I agree with everything else. "Essence" was kinda refreshing in light of "Car Wheels."

A Radio Picture (Rrrickey), Sunday, 21 January 2007 05:30 (sixteen years ago) link

Also dud: "I don't claim to be no in-tel-lect-oo-al," or whatever it was she wrote re Dylan in the NYT Book Review.

A Radio Picture (Rrrickey), Sunday, 21 January 2007 05:31 (sixteen years ago) link

self-involved singersongwriterdom with place names

gabbneb (gabbneb), Sunday, 21 January 2007 05:53 (sixteen years ago) link

That picture was broken for me and I was really surprised when I reloaded it that it wasn't Sufjan Stevens

aaron d.g. (aaron d.g.), Sunday, 21 January 2007 09:36 (sixteen years ago) link

more on-topic: Car Wheels deserves all the praise it gets.

aaron d.g. (aaron d.g.), Sunday, 21 January 2007 09:37 (sixteen years ago) link

The New Yorker had a great profile on her back in 2000 which touched on her connection with the Arkansas poetry scene--her father is Miller Williams, who read at Clinton's 2nd inaugural--CD Wright kinda went off on her for over-using her brief affair with poet/suicide Frank Stanford.

ramon fernandez (ramon fernandez), Sunday, 21 January 2007 09:56 (sixteen years ago) link

Ugh, that Miller William poem. "Mostly we do." Gag.

R_S (RSLaRue), Sunday, 21 January 2007 13:29 (sixteen years ago) link

(Williams, sorry.)

R_S (RSLaRue), Sunday, 21 January 2007 13:34 (sixteen years ago) link

Yuk. Like listening to a Walt Disney cartoon. Or is that Victoria Williams?

Both dud.

Phil Knight (PhilK), Saturday, 3 February 2007 00:32 (sixteen years ago) link

Lucinda Williams vs. Greil Marcus

timmy tannin (pompous), Saturday, 3 February 2007 01:13 (sixteen years ago) link

is being a fan of LW some ironic thing thats completely over my head or do people actually ride for that flar and filf?

capnkickass (gloriagaynor), Saturday, 3 February 2007 01:16 (sixteen years ago) link

She's pretty strong when she's at her best, and pretty meh when she's not, but rarely worse than average. I think what's hurting her is her belated realization that it actually takes recording albums and touring to make money, so she's been putting them out at a clip that exceeds what she has to say, creatively.

The best part of that New Yorker profile was the revelation that she dumped her bassist boyfriend as a way to surmount writer's block!

Josh in Chicago (Josh in Chicago), Saturday, 3 February 2007 01:40 (sixteen years ago) link

some more lucinda-hate from greil

"As great an emotional fraud as Destiny's Child--wins the prize over them as the most mannered singer in pop music because she's been fooling people with it longer. A monster of self-praise, of the poor-mouth, to her own self be true, but I love one of her comments in the current Esquire: 'Some of my best friends are music critics.' What a shock."

bobby bedelia (van dover), Saturday, 3 February 2007 03:28 (sixteen years ago) link

Years ago a record store in the Mall of America was clearing out its Rough Trade CDs and cassettes for a buck a piece, and along with Swell Maps I picked up Lucinda Williams's "Passionate Kisses" CD single, which includes three live songs. One of them is a live version of "Side of the Road", which is one of the few songs to bring me to tears. A few years later I heard the studio version, on Sweet Old World or her self-titled album, and it was so sterile and arranged. But that live one is extrordinary.

See also: her cover of Nick Drake's "Which Will" on the first Morning Becomes Eclectic compilation.

From the (petty) Bill Buford profile in the New Yorker and the erratic behavior on her tour a year or two ago, it seems like she may be no stabler than Cat Power, and I think there's a similarity in their brilliance and inconsistency.

Eazy (Eazy), Saturday, 3 February 2007 03:50 (sixteen years ago) link

As great an emotional fraud as Destiny's Child

this is possibly true, but only if meant as a compliment.

gypsy mothra (gypsy mothra), Saturday, 3 February 2007 08:38 (sixteen years ago) link

what's up the personal invective in greil's review? like lucinda isn't just a mediocre singer but a MORAL AFFRONT to be condemned.


m coleman (lovebug starski), Saturday, 3 February 2007 14:47 (sixteen years ago) link


timmy tannin (pompous), Saturday, 3 February 2007 17:26 (sixteen years ago) link

i bet none of greil marcus' best friends are music critics.

gypsy mothra (gypsy mothra), Saturday, 3 February 2007 17:31 (sixteen years ago) link

Recent N.Y. Times piece on what Lucinda is listening to:

January 28, 2007
Playlist | Lucinda Williams
A) Sexy, B) Loud or C) Dreamy? Try D) All of the Above.
IMAGINE a time before alternative country. Before Americana and roots rock. Picture a corner office, sometime in the early ’80s, with record executives scratching their heads over how to market a talented singer, songwriter and guitarist from Louisiana named Lucinda Williams. Was she country? Folk? Blues? The answer of course was (and is) all of the above. A three-time Grammy winner, Ms. Williams will release “West,” her eighth studio album, on Feb. 13. A tour is scheduled to begin soon after, including a stop at Radio City Music Hall on March 23. Ms. Williams, 54, shows no signs of getting any less sexy with her lyrics or her taste in music. She recently spoke by phone with Winter Miller about what she’s listening to now.

Sara Tavares

She’s Portuguese. She writes and sings beautifully melodic songs that have a dreamy, uplifting energy to them. I adore this kind of music and listen to a lot of it, whatever I can find. There’s something very soothing and hypnotic about it. It’s very sexy and wraps me up in coziness. It kind of transports me. Sara Tavares has a very fresh perspective. A fresh outlook: life is fun, life is glorious, live in the moment. That’s what her “Balancê” (Times Square) feels like.

Heartless Bastards

They’re cool, loud and raunchy. They’re a great live three-piece band: guitar, bass and drums. They’re from Ohio. Erika Wennerstrom, the guitar player, is unassuming and a little shy, but she has a mighty blues-rock voice. She just stomps and wails onstage. “All This Time” (Fat Possum) sounds new and edgy. They’re blending sounds from punk and blues, similar to what the Black Keys are doing, but more punk.

Carrie Rodriguez

Carrie is a young singer-songwriter with roots in Texas. She is the daughter of an Austin singer-songwriter, David Rodriguez. She started out accompanying other artists on violin and then spent some time as part of a duet with Chip Taylor, who is famous for writing “Wild Thing” and “Angel of the Morning.” Now she is finally striking out on her own as well, and I have to say I am very impressed. She’s got something unique in her voice that’s very subtle and a little smoky and sweet. She’s got a refreshingly spunky attitude to go along with it. I detect a certain wisdom in her, and yet a sense of wonder as well. On “Seven Angels on a Bicycle” (Back Porch/Train Wreck/EMI), Chip Taylor contributes to the songwriting.

Richard Dorfmeister vs. Madrid de Los Austrias

I absolutely adore his stuff and listen to it all the time. You have to hear it. It’s remixed funk. It grooves big time. The music is filled with sexy beats, dance beats and very primitive beats. There is a connection between the hip-hop remix funk music of today and the Delta blues. When you listen to a record like “Grand Slam” (G-Stone), you hear how the music is based on African rhythms. It goes all the way back to that. With Dorfmeister, it sounds like he’s taking soul-funk music and blending hip-hop beats and reggae with African and Latin rhythms.

Gotan Project

I’m in love with them. I would describe their music as a Latin world-beat sound. It’s transcendent, moody and very percussive. Part of it was recorded in Paris and part of it in Buenos Aires. I’ve always been drawn to the Latin culture and collect South American and Mexican folk art. When I was growing up, we lived in Santiago, Chile, and Mexico City. “Lunático” (Ya Basta!/Science & Melodie) may well be the sexiest album I’ve ever listened to, and yet it’s so ethereal. It’s very global; there is a very erotic kind of beat supporting an exquisitely seductive, warm female vocal. I can’t say enough about them.

Lila Downs

She’s a beautiful Mexican woman and an academically trained artist who has rediscovered her roots. Here is a young girl with an old soul giving a nod to traditional Mexican folk music, ballads and rancheros and bringing them to a new audience. Her music is colorful and soulful, and she has been blessed with a gorgeous voice. The songs on “La Cantina” (Narada/EMI) are all in Spanish and include the English translations. On one of the songs she sings about how to make mole sauce.


They had another album before this that I liked, so I bought this one. I listened to “Funnel Cloud” (Waveland/Nettwerk) and was drawn in more each time I listened to it. There’s something about the melodies; they just feel very genuine to me. It’s the kind of record that doesn’t jump out at you right away. It grows on you. The majority of stuff I’ve really been blown away by has been international music. The last time I was blown away by a contemporary Caucasian singer-songwriter was when I heard Ryan Adams. I think in this day and age it’s important to reach out across the globe. We could all stand to be a lot more globally aware, get out of our own backyard.

Comets on Fire

They’re from Santa Cruz, Calif., and with the album “Avatar” (Sub Pop), they twist the psychedelic kaleidoscope of music’s past and turn it into something completely new. Imagine if the Allman Brothers met Queens of the Stone Age over at the Stooges’ house. And that’s just for starters.

Copyright 2007 The New York Times Company

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Saturday, 3 February 2007 19:26 (sixteen years ago) link

aw, give her a break, wake-n-bake with comets on fire sounds groovy at the l.w. household! bet the starbux coffee blend a la lucinda is cool, too.

edd s hurt (ddduncan), Saturday, 3 February 2007 19:35 (sixteen years ago) link

lmao @ "Her music is colorful"
yes, as colorful as the peasant garb she affects

timmy tannin (pompous), Saturday, 3 February 2007 20:05 (sixteen years ago) link

Peasant garb?

Eazy (Eazy), Saturday, 3 February 2007 20:53 (sixteen years ago) link

that almost works, but i was talking about her comment re: l1la D0wns
hilarious thing is i have met LW, i sort of crashed a party someone was throwing for her a few years ago. she does seem to be exactly like you would expect, as gypsy m said upthread " world-weary hard-ridden tormented poet routine "

timmy tannin (pompous), Saturday, 3 February 2007 21:07 (sixteen years ago) link

One encounter with Williams; from something I wrote about a show she did in St. Louis in 2000 or so:

She wasn't coming back on her own. "Where's Lu?" a woman, apparently a manager, was asking. "We're late." Lu was last seen standing behind the outdoor stage, just after the rain had soaked the parking lot, flipping through a thick black binder of song lyrics, taking sheets out, putting them back in. The band looked nervous and stalled by tuning yet again. "Are you ready, Lu?" the woman asked. "I have to go to the bathroom," Lu said. They looked over at the line of Johnny-on-the-Spots. "No way," Lu said. She closed the binder and headed out the back of the lot, toward a bar.

Roy Kasten (Roy Kasten), Saturday, 3 February 2007 21:48 (sixteen years ago) link

I'm enjoying the new album. But I feel she has never let me down with any of her albums.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy (Kerr), Tuesday, 6 February 2007 00:40 (sixteen years ago) link

I'm still hoping she made room for the Pet Shop Boys on her iPod.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Tuesday, 6 February 2007 00:43 (sixteen years ago) link

Lloyd (who once played with Howlin Wolf among others)

Err, he's also had a rather esteemed career as a leader and released dozens of incredible records. Playing with Howlin Wolf when he was in high school is hardly his claim to fame

Paul Ponzi, Thursday, 13 December 2018 14:51 (four years ago) link

I knew he was a leader etc., but I only recently heard of the Howlin Wolf connection. Sorry I didn't make that more clear

curmudgeon, Thursday, 13 December 2018 16:42 (four years ago) link

The Lucinda W & Charles Lloyd & the Marvels Vanished Gardens album is Geoff Himes #1 Roots album in his top 10 for Paste.

curmudgeon, Friday, 14 December 2018 17:01 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

her tough new album is better than anything she's released in some time ... Stuart Mathis kills all over it, and the dark mean rock songs really suit her late-period voice

so much dgaf old person swag

Brad C., Saturday, 25 April 2020 00:32 (three years ago) link

That sounds great. Saw someone compare it to Ragged Glory the other day, which definitely raised my interest.

last updated a group of five done twelve times ago (geoffreyess), Saturday, 25 April 2020 05:03 (three years ago) link

The band sounds great.

She sounds terrible. I had to stop listening to there for a while because her slurring was interfering with my memory of those first four albums.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 25 April 2020 13:33 (three years ago) link

She's splitting the difference between Exile-era Mick Jagger and post-car wreck Jan Berry, what's not to like?

Together Again Or (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 25 April 2020 14:25 (three years ago) link

Let me count the ways1

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 25 April 2020 14:29 (three years ago) link

her voice has always been an acquired taste, and it has certainly gotten rougher over the years ... I think she uses and writes for it well, it reminds me of how Dylan has adapted

I'm sure my appreciation for the way she sounds now has been enhanced by seeing her live a couple of times in recent years

Brad C., Saturday, 25 April 2020 17:11 (three years ago) link

I need to check this new one out, slurred vocals and all

curmudgeon, Monday, 27 April 2020 05:53 (three years ago) link

the wrecked bluesy vocals are a feature I like about this album very much!

calzino, Monday, 27 April 2020 10:09 (three years ago) link

a whole album of it though, it gets a bit too much for me.

calzino, Monday, 27 April 2020 10:37 (three years ago) link

The slurred vocals aren't what bothers me about the new one; the plodding arrangements and the ham-fisted lyrics are the problem.

Maria Edgelord (cryptosicko), Monday, 27 April 2020 17:15 (three years ago) link

After a few listens, I like the attitude and production but as with most post-Essence stuff I just don't feel like the songs are there. I don't mind it chugging along in the background, but not much really grabs me.

To remind myself, I put on Sweet Old World between spins of the new one, and even the middling stuff on there is more tuneful than the new stuff.

I don't think it's really going for tuneful though. I dig it, certainly not the most "enjoyable" listen but it's definitely arresting. parts of it sound like if Courtney Love tried to do her own Rid of Me.

Evans on Hammond (evol j), Tuesday, 28 April 2020 19:19 (three years ago) link

Yeah, I get that it's more a vibe record than a songs record. I guess I just like her better with songs. That said, the vibe suits her.

one year passes...

Took some getting used to, but it's really tight, and now I get the songs.on both counts like she's really absorbed Pretenders debut, also the guitarist-violinist is deep into Link Wray sum of my NScene 2020 ballot comments.
This year, from Essential Bob Dylan Covers?
I just first listened to Lucinda Williams' Bob's Back Pages: A Night of Bob Dylan Songs,(2020 download. on CD later in 2021?) which is a lot to take in, quality and quantity and range and depth (of dug-in heels, writing and choice-wise), but clearly she's wide awake all night, no slurs, lots of teeth, with her hot crusty railroad combo from Good Souls Better Angels, I think (it's a download, so no fancy info). The theme, one of the recurring themes, is restless frustration---"I look like I'm movin', but I'm standin' still," but never shut up. The dread "To Make You Feel My Love" is the ringer, and closer, but works (and follows "Idiot Wind"), by far the best version I've heard, of which there have of course been a shitload. "Everything's Broken," "Political World," and "Man of Peace" make one ornery triptych early on. "Queen Jane Approximately"is drinking wedding band folk punk change of pace, nice. Was going to pick some from YouTube, but can't decide.

― dow, Friday, June 18, 2021

Right now I'm enjoying her Petty set:

dow, Friday, 25 June 2021 19:23 (one year ago) link

Fave of her Stones covers so far

dow, Friday, 25 June 2021 21:15 (one year ago) link

dow, Friday, 25 June 2021 21:22 (one year ago) link

dow, Friday, 25 June 2021 21:23 (one year ago) link

Would have fit on Good Souls

dow, Friday, 25 June 2021 21:28 (one year ago) link

dow, Friday, 25 June 2021 21:31 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

I had no idea she had a stroke last year. As of a few weeks ago, she apparently walks with a cane, has lingering pain in her left arm and leg, and is unable to play guitar. Saw a picture of her performing just the other night and I think she was sitting down.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 8 August 2021 02:12 (one year ago) link

Aw man, it's that bad? It could be much worse obviously, but still, very sad to hear that. I've only seen her twice in concert, both within the last eight years - I don't know how much more she can recover, but it'll be tough seeing her this way at the next show.

birdistheword, Sunday, 8 August 2021 03:00 (one year ago) link

Has retrospectively made the late '18 exchange upthread between Soto & Redd go from o_O to O_O.

“Heroin” (ft. Bobby Gillespie) (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 8 August 2021 03:25 (one year ago) link

Yeesh. Good thing this place isn't Twitter.

birdistheword, Sunday, 8 August 2021 03:56 (one year ago) link

well, yeah

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 8 August 2021 12:18 (one year ago) link

Has retrospectively made the late '18 exchange upthread between Soto & Redd go from o_O to O_O.

Maybe I should finally learn the difference.

No Particular Place to POLL (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 8 August 2021 13:12 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

dang i did not know about all these covers. lucinda still rules!!

Tracer Hand, Friday, 17 September 2021 22:27 (one year ago) link

Yep---as I was recently hyping some friends via email (more details upthread):

Of all the Covid-alibi placeholder covers sets I've heard, most of my faves (other than Chrissie Hynde's rainy day Dylan tapes), are in Lucinda Williams' Lu's Jukebox series:, incl Petty, Dylan, Stones, a round of 60s country, and Southern Soul--from Memphis to Muscle Shoals and More. She relishes "The Games People Play," dishin' the condition. I expected some melodrama being dragged over the gravel in "A Rainy Night In Georgia," but no, it's rueful, wide awake in the middle of the night, and what else is new--she's ready to get aboard "I Can't Stand The Rain," "Take Me To The River," and some I didn't know, like "Main Street Mission." Ode To Billy Joe" is the only dud. unwisely begging comparison. Otherwise, if you like her at all, I' think you'll like this.

dow, Saturday, 18 September 2021 02:09 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

I love this song

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 11 October 2021 03:48 (one year ago) link

six months pass...

Coming to St. Louis---good recap of last couple years, conversation with her and husband Tom:

dow, Wednesday, 13 April 2022 22:12 (one year ago) link

I mentioned the Lu's Jukebox series as good Covid placeholders---did not know they were from Covid benefits, for musicians who couldn't tour.

dow, Wednesday, 13 April 2022 22:14 (one year ago) link

recovering from a stroke progress

I’ve been doing a lot of rehab, physical fitness stuff.” For a while, she couldn’t play guitar and is only occasionally trying to play it onstage again.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 14 April 2022 16:07 (one year ago) link

ten months pass...

Memoir out April 25:,204,203,200_.jpg

Lucinda Williams’s rise to fame was anything but easy. Raised in a working-class family in the Deep South, she moved from town to town each time her father—a poet, a textbook salesman, a professor, a lover of parties—got a new job, totaling twelve different places by the time she was eighteen. Her mother suffered from severe mental illness and was in and out of hospitals. And when Williams was about a year old, she had to have an emergency tracheotomy—an inauspicious start for a singing career. But she was also born a fighter, and she would develop a voice that has captivated millions.

In Don’t Tell Anybody the Secrets I Told You, Williams takes readers through the events that shaped her music—from performing for family friends in her living room to singing at local high schools and colleges in Mexico City, to recording her first album with Folkway Records and headlining a sold-out show at Radio City Music Hall. She reveals the inspirations for her unforgettable lyrics, including the doomed love affairs with “poets on motorcycles” and the gothic southern landscapes of the many different towns of her youth, including Macon, Lake Charles, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans. Williams spent years working at health food stores and record stores during the day so she could play her music at night, and faced record companies who told her that her music was not “finished,” that it was “too country for rock and too rock for country.”

dow, Tuesday, 7 March 2023 19:41 (two months ago) link

Will she talk about the reasons why she hasn't made a decent record in 20 years? Everything she's done since World Without Tears has been mediocre.

lord of the rongs (anagram), Tuesday, 7 March 2023 20:23 (two months ago) link

"Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone" kind of worth it for the band alone

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 7 March 2023 20:26 (two months ago) link

Yeah, "Bone" rules

Indexed, Tuesday, 7 March 2023 20:39 (two months ago) link

Phew. Seeing two Lucinda Williams threads bumped had me nervous for a second.

Maxmillion D. Boosted (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 7 March 2023 20:44 (two months ago) link

I wasn't that crazy about World Without Tears either (Essence had been the last one I really enjoyed in its entirety), but I thought Good Souls Better Angels was a welcome and excellent surprise.

birdistheword, Tuesday, 7 March 2023 20:57 (two months ago) link

I thought that one was good, I heard a bit of the collaboration she did with Charles Lloyd and that was solid too.

omar little, Tuesday, 7 March 2023 21:28 (two months ago) link

All the albums I've mentioned on this thread---and prob some more I've left out, better check---still sound good to me, some in quite different ways. She goes different places, has some fans who want maybe just one or two parts, like with Neil Young, Dylan, Miles, she contains multi-tooods.

dow, Tuesday, 7 March 2023 21:29 (two months ago) link

Also, with these and other artists who are true lifers, prolific as hell, if you hear 2, 3, or more that you don't like, or just get burnt out on so many releases over the years, can give up on keeping up (happened to me with Elvis Costello way before it should have)(but I do want to hear the new collection of his Bacharach collabs).

dow, Tuesday, 7 March 2023 21:34 (two months ago) link

Anyway, I'll ask the library to order her book if they haven't already.

dow, Tuesday, 7 March 2023 21:35 (two months ago) link

I really like her Exile on Main Street covers. She was born to sing "Sway"

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 7 March 2023 22:19 (two months ago) link

Lol sorry I always think Sway is on Exile but it's not

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 7 March 2023 22:21 (two months ago) link


Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 7 March 2023 22:21 (two months ago) link

four weeks pass...

Lucinda Williams has announced a new album, Stories From A Rock N Roll Heart, due June 30 via Highway 20 Records/Thirty Tigers. It's her first new album since 2020's Good Souls Better Angels, and her first since suffering a stroke in November 2020 tha left her motor skills partially impaired -- including her ability to play the guitar. In writing the album, without her typical method, she called on her husband Tom Overby, friend and collaborator Jesse Malin, longtime road manager Travis Stephens, and more to co-write and collaborate. Additional contributions come from co-producer and engineer Ray Kennedy, and backing vocalists Jeremy Ivey, Buddy Miller, Angel Olsen, Margo Price, Tommy Stinson, and more.

Lucinda tapped Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa for backing vocals on the title track and "New York Comeback," which she released today. "New York Comeback" is classic country-infused rock, with earnest lyrics and standout harmonies. Listen to the single and check out the artwork and tracklist for Stories From A Rock N Roll Heart below.

dow, Tuesday, 4 April 2023 19:47 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

More than halfway through her memoir. It’s a solid, easygoing work that reads like “her”, although the prose doesn’t impress me that much. Nowhere near as bleak as Rickie Lee Jones’. There are maybe 5 sentences on her first marriage, which is about what Elvis Costello devoted to

I was surprised to learn that Charles Bukowski incorporated her childhood home and father into his novel WOMEN

beamish13, Thursday, 25 May 2023 19:12 (one week ago) link

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