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Lucinda Williams: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Martin Colyer, Rock's Backpages, May 2003

I LAST SAW Lucinda Williams live about ten years ago when she supported Mary Chapin Carpenter in London – not an auspicious show. She seemed ...

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Lucinda Williams (1998)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages audio, 2 November 1998

Ms Williams talks about the often-torturous gestation of her magnificent Car Wheels On A Gravel Road album, and about her roots and influences, musical and literary.

File format: mp3; file size: 29.8mb, interview length: 32' 29" sound quality: ** (phoner)

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Lucinda Williams: Mean Fiddler, London

Live Review by Mark Cooper, The Guardian, 5 May 1989

Twang go the heart strings ...

Lucinda Williams: Walking The Line

Profile and Interview by Sean O'Hagan, New Musical Express, 20 May 1989

LUCINDA WILLIAMS was caught just in time, the singer/songwriter was just about to head off into the hills when somehow Rough Trade pulled her back. ...

Lucinda Williams: Passionate Kisses (Rough Trade)

Review by John Morthland, L.A. Weekly, 19 October 1989

IN AUSTIN, Texas, where I live, a considerable number of people spend a considerable amount of time wondering when Lucinda's gonna come back home from ...

Lucinda Williams: Happy Woman Blues

Sleeve notes by John Morthland, Smithsonian Folkways, 1990

THE DAUGHTER of an English lit professor, Lucinda Williams was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and spent most of her youth moving from college town ...

Lucinda Williams: Annadale Hotel, Sydney

Live Review by Andrew Mueller, Melody Maker, 6 January 1990

MICK FROM Weddings Parties Anything and Jon from Paul Kelly's Messengers are The Indigo Boys, the support act, and something I miss entirely except for ...

Lucinda Williams: Ramblin'

Sleeve notes by John Morthland, Smithsonian Folkways, 1991

WHEN IT WAS first released in 1979, Ramblin' could not have been more out of step. Lucinda Williams, who did indeed have ramblin' on her ...

Lucinda Williams: Sweet Old World

Review by Max Bell, Vox, December 1992

LUCINDA WILLIAMS may have suffered from the songwriter's identity crisis in recent years. Her early work for Folkways hinted at a desire to investigate Country ...

Lucinda Williams: The Fillmore, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Will Hermes, Rolling Stone, 11 December 1997

"I'VE READ that I'm a demanding perfectionist and a difficult diva," quipped a sinewy Lucinda Williams, who lately has gotten as much press for her ...

Lucinda Williams Is Ready for Her Close-Up Now

Profile by James Hunter, New York Observer, 29 June 1998

THE COGNOSCENTI are wigging. "How did a 45-year-old 'neurotic diva' with one foot in Faulkner's South and one foot in Garth's make the year's best ...

Lucinda Williams: Lost in America

Interview by RJ Smith, Spin, July 1998


Lucinda Williams: Car Wheels On A Gravel Road (Mercury 558 318-2)

Review by Johnny Black, Q, September 1998

Fifth album from enigmatic Grammy-winning country rock singer-songwriter. ...

Lucinda Williams: Small town fireworks

Interview by Tom Cox, The Guardian, 27 November 1998

Three parts honey, two parts bourbon — the road-movie songs of folk-rocker Lucinda Williams have been hugely influential over the past 20 years, and a ...

Lucinda Williams: Breaking Through to the Mainstream

Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 3 December 1998

IT'S ALWAYS a bittersweet day for music fans when their cult favorite finally breaks through to the mainstream. On one hand, there's happiness that the ...

Lucinda Williams

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, January 1999

THE WAY Lucinda Williams sighs "Hi" down the phoneline from Florida instantly communicates a deep fatigue. She and her band have just motored up from ...

Lucinda Williams: Even Cowgirls Get The Blues

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, August 2001

A HOT SUNDAY AFTERNOON. PEOPLE IN CUT-OFFS AND STETSONS sprawl along the banks of the Cumberland River, sucking beers, fanning themselves with stiff paper fans ...

Lost Highway Blues

Report by Jason Cohen, Slate, 14 August 2001

The dirty little secret about Ryan Adams and his record label. ...

Twangs can only get better

Overview by Tom Cox, The Observer, 21 October 2001

Country has gone way beyond Nashville, says Tom Cox. It's the new rebel music. ...

Lucinda Williams: Essence (Lost Highway)

Review by Martin Colyer, Rock's Backpages, December 2001

HOW D'YOU follow up a Grammy-winning, plaudit-garnering album that took three years and as many producers to make? Well, you go to Minneapolis and get ...

Lucinda Williams: World Without Tears

Review by Will Hermes, Entertainment Weekly, 11 April 2003

"WE ARE SO out of touch," sang Lucinda Williams on 2001's Essence. It's a line that could double as a proud slogan for her label, ...

Lucinda Williams: World Without Tears (Lost Highway)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, May 2003

IT STARTS WITH A shivery vibrato guitar, straight off one of those '60s New York soul ballads – Betty Harris' 'Cry To Me', perhaps, or ...

Lucinda Williams: The Albums

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, May 2003

A concise guide to the Williams oeuvre before World Without Tears ...

Lucinda Williams: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Gavin Martin, The Independent, 6 May 2003

Southern Rebel returns to London Stage with the confidence her songs deserve ...

Lucinda Williams: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, July 2003

WHEN LUCINDA WILLIAMS FIRST CAME to London nearly 15 years ago to promote her eponymous third album, she was the most painfully nervous and self-conscious ...

Lucinda's World

Interview by Ted Drozdowski, Guitar World Acoustic, August 2003

"I KIND OF MISS the days when I wasn't well known," says Lucinda Williams, "Then, I was an 'undiscovered genius' when people heard my albums. ...

Lucinda Williams: Southern Comfort

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, May 2005

LUCINDA WILLIAMS is a splendid mess, a charming and bruised beauty. ...

Lucinda Williams: Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Tim Cooper, The Independent, 15 November 2006

EVEN BY THE tardy timekeeping standards of rock'n'roll, 16 months is a little long to keep your audience waiting. Originally scheduled to play here in ...

Lucinda & Miller Williams: UCLA Live Performing Arts Series, Royce Hall, Los Angeles, CA

Live Review by Steven R Rosen, Harp, 30 November 2006

LUCINDA WILLIAMS must get her songwriting gift – her fantastic ability to reveal psyche through describing such seemingly peripheral objects as Car Wheels on a ...

Westside Story: Lucinda Williams' Confessions of Love, Lust and Violence

Profile and Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Relix, February 2007

LUCINDA WILLIAMS is a little distracted. She keeps popping up from her seat, perched between the four overstuffed pillows that are arranged artfully on her ...

Lucinda Williams: Car Wheels on a Gravel Road (Deluxe Edition)

Review by Mark Kemp, Paste, 1 February 2007

The story of Car Wheels on a Gravel Road is long and winding. ...

Lucinda Williams: West

Review by Alfred Soto, Stylus, 21 February 2007

I DIRECT ANY YOUNG WOMAN looking for a role model to Lucinda Williams's eponymous 1988 breakthrough. Williams was like Chrissie Hynde's younger sister, not privy ...

Lucinda Williams: West

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, March 2007

MUCH IS MADE of Lucinda Williams the writer, the poet of southern aches and pains. Time magazine called her "America's Best Songwriter" and the New ...

Lucinda Williams: Car Wheels On A Gravel Road

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, November 2007

Poetic, Eclectic, Atmospheric: A Grammy-Winning Snapshot Of The South. ...

Lucinda Williams: Little Honey

Review and Interview by Andrew Mueller, Uncut, November 2008

Nine albums in, the queen of heartbreak tempts fate by cheering up. ...

Lucinda Williams: Little Honey (Lost Highway)

Review by Graeme Thomson, The Word, November 2008

WHENEVER A MUSICIAN announces that their new offering is the "most eclectic album they've ever made", it's sure to be a rough ride. ...

Lucinda Williams: Album By Album

Interview by Andrew Mueller, Uncut, January 2009

"SNOW COVERS the street lamps and the windowsills," sang the queen on 2003's 'Minneapolis'. When Uncut calls her in that same city on her ...

Lucinda Williams: Blessed

Review by Bud Scoppa, Paste, 1 March 2011

BACK IN 1980, when she was just starting to find herself as a songwriter and singer, Williams chose to title her second album Happy Woman ...

Lucinda Williams

Report and Interview by David Burke, R2/Rock'n'Reel, May 2014

HARD TO BELIEVE now, given her adulatory reputation among commentators and contemporaries alike, but when Lucinda Williams was hawking her songs around, looking for a ...

Lucinda Williams: The Ghosts of Highway 20

Review by Holly Gleason, Paste, 5 February 2016

IN THE LATE '80S, Lucinda Williams emerged as the patron saint of busted love and broken dreams. Lucinda Williams and Sweet Old World established her ...

Lucinda Williams: Good Souls Better Angels

Review and Interview by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, June 2020

IT MAY BE because she's not long come off the road from a lengthy live trek marking the 20th anniversary of her most celebrated album, ...

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