Jason Isbell Leads Americana Awards Nominations

May 11, 2016

When the nominations for the 15th annual Americana Honors & Awards were announced tonight in Washington, D.C., it reinforced Jason Isbell's position as the face of the Americana genre. The singer-songwriter, who released his album Something More...


See Lucinda Williams' Gloomy 'Dust' on 'Colbert'

February 17, 2016

Lucinda Williams opens her new album The Ghosts of Highway 20 LP with the dark, melancholic "Dust," which she performed on Tuesday's Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Williams' scarred vocals are right at home with the tune about "a...

Album Review

The Ghosts of Highway 20

February 3, 2016

With blowsy, parched vocals, languorous tempos, straggly melodies and flyaway guitar lines, Lucinda Williams' 12th album feels a little like an alt-country picture of Dorian Gray. You could also call it a portrait of the artist as an older woman: time-scarred,...


Lucinda Williams Reveals 2016 Tour Dates

January 13, 2016

On February 5th, Lucinda Williams will release her 12th studio album, The Ghosts of Highway 20. One month later, the Grammy winner will launch her latest tour, which kicks off in Los Angeles on March 4th and is currently set to wrap with a pair of shows...


Lucinda Williams Talks Meeting Dylan, Southern Identity

February 4, 2016

Lucinda Williams releases her excellent 12th LP, The Ghosts of Highway 20, on February 5th. The great singer-songwriter recently spoke to Rolling Stone about her musical and literary idols, and why singing is better than working at Walmart. You...


Watch Lucinda Williams' Raw 'The Ghosts of Highway 20'

February 2, 2016

Lucinda Williams is getting ready to release her latest album The Ghosts of Highway 20 later this week, and has populated the LP with characters inspired by the 190-mile stretch of I-20 that runs across the northern part of her home state Louisiana. The...



Lucinda Williams Announces New 'Ghosts of Highway 20'

October 29, 2015

One year after the release of her Americana Award-winning double album, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone, Lucinda Williams has put the finishing touches on another record. The Ghosts of Highway 20 is due out February 5th, bringing with it another...


Lucinda Williams, Sturgill Simpson Lead Americana Nominees

May 14, 2015

Lucinda Williams presented the 2014 Americana Honors and Awards' trophy for Album of the Year to Jason Isbell, deeming his Southeastern LP "stupendous and beautiful" as he walked to the stage to accept. This year, she finds herself on the other end...


Sturgill Simpson Wins Big at Americana Awards

September 17, 2015

"Can I get an amen?" So asked host Jim Lauderdale at last night's 14th Annual Americana Honors and Awards at Nashville's Mother Church, the Ryman Auditorium. For an evening dedicated to a genre most often associated with banjo strums and folky guitar,...

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Robert Plant, Lucinda Williams Honor Lead Belly

April 27, 2015

"The thing that impresses me about Lead Belly's songs is that. . .you can interpret them in different ways," Lucinda Williams said on Saturday night, speaking from the stage of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington,...



Hear Lucinda Williams Sing 'Merry Little Christmas'

November 12, 2014

On "Minneapolis," Lucinda Williams found herself lonely in a cold December, and on "Sweet Side," she sang of someone damaged by a rough childhood, even though "every Christmas there were presents to unwrap." But other than those two World Without...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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....