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How Lucinda Williams Got Her Joy Back

October 22, 2008 3:31 PM ET

Lucinda Williams' 2007 album West was powerful and soul-baring but also sort of a downer (sample lyric: "My joy is dead"), but her new album Little Honey (which just debuted in the Billboard top 10) is a more upbeat, rock-oriented affair. Finding true love and getting married helped. "I actually started writing positive love songs," she says, citing Little Honey tracks like "Tears of Joy" and "Plan to Marry" – both inspired by husband Tom Overby. Click below for more from Williams, including where she likes to write and what's on tap for her upcoming EP of protest songs.

How Lucinda Williams Got Her Joy Back

 

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