June 30: Lucinda Williams released Car Wheels On A Gravel Road in 1998

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Williams hasn’t just perfected a style, she’s mastered a subject. She doesn’t just write realistically and music traditionally, she describes and evokes Southerners for whom realism and traditionalism are epistemological givens. She writes for them, too–not exclusively, she hopes, but in the first instance. They are her people and her neighbors, with damn few media-savvy professionals among them. So reassuring shows of hip come no more naturally to her finely worked, cannily roughed up songs than pop universality. Situated in a subculture far removed from both Manhattan and Alternia, these indelible melodies and well-turned lyrics constitute a dazzling proof of the viability of her world and a robust argument for its values. Emotion makes you smirk? Local color has no place in your global mall? Well, you have Lucinda Williams to answer to. Because this is where she establishes herself as the most accomplished record-maker of the age. A+
-Robert Christgau

Car Wheels on a Gravel Road is the fifth studio album by Lucinda Williams, released on June 30, 1998, by Mercury Records. It was recorded and co-produced by Williams in Nashville, Tennessee and Canoga Park, California. The album features guest appearances by Steve Earle and Emmylou Harris.

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August 25: Lucinda Williams released Sweet Old World in 1992

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August 25: Lucinda Williams released Sweet Old World in 1992

See what you lost when you left this world, this sweet old world The breath from your own lips, the touch of fingertips A sweet and tender kiss The sound of a midnight train, wearing someone’s ring Someone calling your name Somebody so warm cradled in your arms Didn’t you think you were worth anything See what you lost when you left this world, this sweet old world

Sweet Old World is Lucinda Williams’ fourth album, it was released 25 August in 1992. It is a fantastic album. It is a record that I bought after buying Car Wheels On A Gravel Road and her eponymous 1988 album, I love them all (and all she has given us since then). She really took her time between the albums, and the wait for new music from Lucinda Williams has often put my patience to a test. She never delivers bad stuff, most often she gives us fantastic songs. Sweet Old World is even better than its predesessor and almost as good as Car Wheels… and that is a masterpiece! Here’s a great performance of the title track, Sweet old World (live at Austin City Limits):

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January 26: Lucinda Williams was born in 1953 , Happy Birthday!

Like so many, I discovered Lucinda Williams when she released the fantastic album, Car Wheels On A Gravel Road. I went to the record store (yes, we actually did that in the old days) and bought as many of her albums as I could find. There were four albums before Car Wheels.., great albums, I love them all. Since then I’ve awaited all Lucinda Williams albums with great excitement. She’s always good, most of the time she’s great.

Half an hour of the wonderful Lucinda Williams live at Paradiso Amsterdam (2013):

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5 more good new videos Feb 2016

We’ve collected some of the best new videos out at the end of February 2016, enjoy! We had so much fun hunting down these gems, it will hopefully be a returning series of posts.

Here is the first collection: Videos at the start of Feb 2016

Rod Picott and Ed Abiadi(?) – Tecumseh Valley by Townes Van Zandt (with a little bit of Stones’s Dead Flowers) live@1e35circa, Cantù (IT), 2016 feb. 22:

Grammy winner Jason Isbell performs a song off of his album “Something More Than Free on Colbert, If it takes a lifetime:

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5 good new video clips Feb 2016

We’ve collected some of the best new videos out at the start of February 2016, enjoy! We had so much fun hunting down these gems, it will hopefully be a returning series of posts.

Lucinda Williams – The Ghosts of Highway 20 (Nic Harcourt’s TRANSMISSIONS):

John Prine with Amanda Shires, Jason Isbell – Unwed Fathers (one of my favourite Prine songs!):

Amy Helm – Good News:

John Moreland – Break My Heart Sweetly (live at Colbert)

Buddy Miller with Watkins Family Hour – All My Tears (Cayamo 2016 music cruise):

– Hallgeir

Jan 26: Lucinda Williams was born in 1953

Like so many, I discovered Lucinda Williams when she released the fantastic album, Car Wheels On A Gravel Road. I went to the record store (yes, we actually did that in the old days) and bought as many of her albums as I could find. There were four albums before Car Wheels.., great albums, I love them all. Since then I’ve awaited all Lucinda Williams albums with great excitement. She’s always good, most of the time she’s great.

Half an hour of the wonderful Lucinda Williams live at Paradiso Amsterdam (2013):

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