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2014

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Lucinda Williams Opens Up on New Album, Old Wounds

October 6, 2014

"Hello?" Lucinda Williams intones, her voice full of sleep as she answers the phone in California. "I haven't been up too long," she admits, but clearly, the 61-year-old musician is no slacker. Her new LP, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone is...

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Lucinda Wiliams Reveals the Music That Inspired Her New LP

September 4, 2014

Lucinda Williams' new LP, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone, is a generous, old-fashioned double album. It covers a lot of stylistic territory – blues, folk, country soul, jam-rock – with a lot of musicians, including journeyman jazz guitarist...

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Lucinda Williams Marks Career Firsts With Upcoming Album

July 17, 2014

Lucinda Williams will release her first-ever double studio album in September. Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone features 20 new tracks and is another first for the 61-year-old singer in that it includes a song crafted from a poem written by her father....

Album Review

Lucinda Williams

January 14, 2014

It's fitting that Lucinda Williams' 1988 LP was initially released by England's Rough Trade, home to the Smiths and the Raincoats – it deserves as much credit as any album for spearheading the so-called Americana movement, country's post-punk equivalent....

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Lucinda Williams Mines Muscle Shoals for New LP

January 16, 2014

Lucinda Williams is currently putting the finishing touches on her untitled 11th studio album, a collection of songs tentatively set for a June release culling from three recording sessions that yielded 34 tracks. She describes the new batch as honing...

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Alejandro Escovedo's Austin Blowout

January 12, 2014

Lucinda Williams unveiled a brand new song about Janis Joplin, then sang back-up vocals for Roky Erickson, and Alejandro Escovedo covered the Butthole Surfers’ "Pepper": these were just three of many singularly Austin moments from Saturday night's...

2013

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Lucinda Williams Has '40-Plus' Songs for 10th Studio Album

January 15, 2013

More than 40 unheard songs await recording once Lucinda Williams wraps a month-long tour in early February and secures her first new contract in 15 years, the singer-songwriter tells Rolling Stone. "We've got a couple of really good offers," Williams...

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Damien Echols to Exhibit Death Row Art

January 5, 2013

When he wasn’t meditating for hours on end while imprisoned on Arkansas’ death row, Damien Echols scavenged for art supplies. For 18 years, he enshrined his cell with his creations, until a plea finally freed him and two others convicted in...

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Song Premiere: Lucinda Williams Finds New 'Joy' for 'West of Memphis'

January 14, 2013

Click to listen to Lucinda Williams' 'Joy' Roots-rock legend Lucinda Williams has contributed a new, scuzzed up version of her track "Joy" (originally on 1998's Car Wheels on a Gravel Road) to West of Memphis: Voices For Justice, an upcoming compilation...

2012

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'West of Memphis' Soundtrack Includes Nick Cave, Bob Dylan, Patti Smith

December 1, 2012

Legacy Recordings has released the track listing for West of Memphis: Voices For Justice, an album of music from and inspired by the new documentary about the West Memphis Three. The album contains tracks by a number of artists – including Eddie...

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All-Star Levon Helm Tribute Planned for October

August 23, 2012

John Mayer, My Morning Jacket and Ray LaMontagne are among more than a dozen acts who will pay tribute to Levon Helm as part of a benefit concert October 3rd at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Dubbed "Love for Levon," the lineup also...

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Stars Gather in Austin to Salute Johnny Cash

April 21, 2012

During the final stretch of a star-studded tribute to Johnny Cash on Friday night in Austin, Sheryl Crow turned to stagemate Willie Nelson and told the country music icon, "I would have your baby . . . if you weren’t already married. And if I didn’t...

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Guns N' Roses, Jack White and Flaming Lips to Play Bridge School Benefit

September 8, 2012

This year's Bridge School Benefit will feature performances by Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Jack White, Guns N' Roses, The Flaming Lips, Sarah McLachlan, Foster The People, Lucinda Williams, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Ranger Band, k.d. lang and...

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Born on the Bayou: Exploring Louisiana in 18 Songs

June 11, 2012

The Lousiana Purchase of 1803 brought nearly a million acres of new land to the United States of America, spreading as far afield as Montana. Working out to about three cents an acre, the purchase continues to pay outrageous dividends, not least in the...

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Johnny Cash 80th Birthday Tribute Planned

February 28, 2012

Tickets go on sale tomorrow for an 80th birthday celebration of the life and music of the late Johnny Cash, to be held April 20th at the Austin City Limits Live venue in Austin, Texas. Kenney Chesney, Lucinda Williams, Kris Kristofferson and Ray LaMontagne...

2011

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Bob Dylan, Jack White Record Unheard Hank Williams Songs

September 1, 2011

When Hank Williams died on New Year's Day in 1953, the country legend left behind lyrics for up to 50 songs, many of which were found in notebooks kept in a box under his bed. Now, on the new album The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams (out October 4th),...

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My Favorite Bob Dylan Song, by Bono, Bob Weir, Marcus Mumford and More

May 10, 2011

"Like a Rolling Stone" (Highway 61 Revisited, 1965)By Bono That sneer — it's something to behold. Elvis had a sneer, of course. And the Rolling Stones had a sneer that, if you note the title of the song, Bob wasn't unaware of. But Bob Dylan's sneer...

Album Review

Blessed

March 1, 2011

2008's Little Honey was Williams at her most content. But on her 10th disc, she revives the literary realism that's turned so many of her songs into true-talk crushers. The quietly heartbreaking "Soldier's Song" is an imagining of home from the front...

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Lucinda Williams' First-Ever Music Video

August 18, 2011

"I didn’t want to have to be in it," Lucinda Williams says, describing her criteria for her first-ever music video. So, for the heartwrenching "Copenhagen," she enlisted Dave Willis, co-creator and director of Cartoon Network’s Squidbillies, who...

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Reviewed: Radiohead's Funkiest Album, R.E.M.'s Eclectic 'Collapse Into Now' and More

March 1, 2011

In this week's slate of new Rolling Stone reviews, Jon Dolan praises Radiohead's The King of Limbs, which he describes as the band's funkiest and most elusive record. Rob Sheffield is fond of R.E.M.'s 15th album Collapse Into Now, noting that its vibrant,...

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