Lucinda William’s is everyone’s collaborating darling who released her first album Ramblin’ in 1978. In her thirty plus years in the music business, she has released nine studio albums. Some might consider her a bit methodical or even a perfectionist based on the span of years between album releases. She started out in the country genre that was occasionally tinged with the blues.
She is a genre shifting chanteuse who has been nominated for ten Grammys in the following musical categories:
Williams received early critical recognition and the respect of her musical peers, but it took considerably longer for her to raise public awareness. This was due, in large part, to her renowned fastidiousness and the sporadic release of her albums. The pendulum swung with the release of her 1998 album Car Wheels on a Gravel Road. She has received three Grammy’s.
Lucinda Williams Discography:
- Happy Woman Blues
- Lucinda Williams
- Sweet Old World
- Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
- World Without Tears
- Little Honey
Williams is a prolific songwriter whose music has been covered by Tom Petty, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Emmylou Harris. In addition to covering her songs, many artist have saught her out to record with them. She has an unbelievable list of guest appearances. Below are just a few of the over sixty artists that Williams has collaborated or guest appeared on their album.
|North Mississippi All Stars
||Ray Wylie Hubbard
Top five Lucinda Williams Songs:
- Are You Alright (West)
- Right In Time (Car Wheels on a Gravel Road)
- Real Love (Little Honey)
- Get Right with God (Essence)
- Still I Long for Your Kiss (Car Wheels on a Gravel Road)
Check out Lucinda Williams at www.lucindawilliams.com
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Ever have one of those days where good music followed you everywhere you went? Yesterday was one of those days. Got up early, courtesy of 4 dogs, and went to the Cowtown Diner in downtown Fort Worth. This was a first time experience and well worth the trip both musically and culinarally (not really sure if that is a word but I’m going with it). As we are walking to the table, I notice the siren song of the Cowboy Junkies emanating from the speakers then, James Taylor, Ray LaMontange, Josh Ritter, Shawn Colvin, Whiskeytown, Patti Griffin, Grant Lee Phillips and a litany of other great artists and songs for the duration of breakfast. In case you are wondering, the breakfast tacos (1 bacon, 1 sausage) were my choice of the morning and more than I could eat in one sitting. The biscuits and sausage gravy looked pretty good and I was told that the cheese grits were the highlight of the meal.
The next unexpected musical nirvana was Lowes, yes the home improvement store. Williams Fitzsimmons was the first song I heard and it was followed up by Josh Rouse and then Brendan James. After that, I was out in the garden center and out of the musical range.
The day culminated with watching a few episodes of House M.D. If you are not a fan, you need to check it out. Not only is it great television, there is some fine music wrapped in each episode. Yesterday was Lucinda Williams and Brett Dennen.
Unexpected great music is always one of those things that make the daily grind seem more tolerable or make the fun times that much better.
So, the questions of the day are:
Where have you found unexpected musical greatness?
What store or restaurant has consistently good music reverberating between their walls?
Thanks for playing!
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The Big To-Do is the highly anticipated, recently released album by Drive-By Truckers. The album is solid and Trucker fans will not be disappointed. However, there were a few surprise on this album that seem a bit of a departure from their previous work.
The absence of Mike Cooley was the first thing I noticed when I listened to the album. Mike Cooley covers lead vocals on three songs and is sorely missed on the album. This is not a shot at the album but merely noted in deference to the greatness of Cooley’s calm, self assured vocals and considerable songwriting skills. His voice is as recognizable as Hood’s but is diametrically opposed in cadence, timbre, and texture. He contributes three songs and on Birthday Boy, he is a layer or two behind the music. Not the norm for his work and a little disappointing for all of the Cooley fans out there.
This is the first release since the departure of guitarist Jason Isbell. While the Trucker’s still have their three axe attack, John Neff does not contribute at the level of Jason Isbell. In addition to being one of three guitarists, Isbell was a strong contributor to the songwriting; he wrote and sang quite a few of the stand out songs from their catalog in the 00’s. Musically they are still exceptionally tight but just not breaking new ground with this album.
Shonna Tucker, the Trucker’s bassist, contributes two solid tracks. Her playing has always been extremely competent. This is her second album where she contributes lead vocals for tracks that she wrote. I think that Tucker’s contributions are an exceptional high light of the album. Her songs tend to be bathed a bit with a stylized country sound. You can almost picture her in a small, local bar singing to the swaying, two stepping couples after last call.
This album is heavy on Patterson Hood’s musical and vocal offerings. Of the thirteen tracks, he wrote the lyrics and covers lead vocals on seven. I am a huge Patterson Hood fan and I find his satirical writing style to be a refreshing escape from some of the worn out topics of other current musical acts.
Stand out Tracks:
- The Wig He Made Her Wear
- The Fourth Night of My Drinking
- Eyes Like Glue
- You Got Another
- Drag the Lake Charlie
Great music awaits!