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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Don't play bass for Lucinda Williams (unless you want a dark & timeless song written about you)...


Lucinda Williams seems depressed...or pissed off...or moody...or anything but happy whenever she writes songs. Over the course of a 25 plus year career and 9 albums, including this months' West, we've been treated to a close up of her various bass players, her heart and it's states of brokenness and how she feels about it all. Some critics have been harsh about her recurring and seemingly monotonous themes and moody sounds and production, but I for one, am always impressed by an artist such as she. If someone has actually been through the stuff in her songs, I would say they'd consider themselves lucky to be able to turn it into such creativity (and not throw themselves off a bridge in the process), and plus, she is a damn fine singer and performer. I saw her live a few years back and she played for four and a half hours...So if you don't mind some darkness in your musical taste, along with breathtaking honesty, damn good guitar playing and top notch songwriting, check it out. Here's her site, plus a link to a live show that was on NPR from last year, and one of the more upbeat & sweet songs, I'm guessing an ode to her sweet Mama...

1 comment:

james said...

Lucinda Williams is the finest female musician alive today. She has written more than a couple of timeless classics. i flew to Nashville last year to see her at the Ryman. $500, but sometimes you just have to get off your ass and do it. In concert she is incredible. Not crazy about her latest albumn, probably the first time i've ever been disappointed with her music. Apparently she's in love and no longer pissed off, good for her, wish her the absolute best...bad for us....

World without tears, Car Wheels, and Essence just plain smoked.

Get the live at austin city limits dvd....