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Just Announced: Lucinda Williams’ Car Wheels On A Gravel Road 20th anniversary tour kicks off in Collingswood this November

Lucinda Williams | photo by David McClister | courtesy of the artist

Lucinda Williams‘ classic 1998 album Car Wheels On A Gravel Road turns 20 this year, and the songwriter has just announced a short string of fall tour dates to celebrate the milestone. Most of the shows will be throughout the northeast, and the first stop on the tour is just outside of Philadelphia, at Collingswood, NJ’s Scottish Rite Auditorium on November 2. Joined by her band Buick 6, Williams will play the album in its entirety, as well as a second set drawing from her other work. Continue reading →

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Slaughter Beach, Dog celebrates 20 years of Lucinda Williams’ Car Wheels On A Gravel Road with “Drunken Angel” cover

Slaughter Beach, Dog | photo by Jess Flynn | courtesy of the artist
Slaughter Beach, Dog | photo by Jess Flynn | courtesy of the artist

Lucinda Williams’ seminal 1998 album Car Wheels On A Gravel Road celebrated the 20th anniversary of its release on June 30, so it makes sense that many younger artists have been paying it tribute lately — including Philly’s own Slaughter Beach, Dog, who joined in on the fun with a cover of one of the record’s best tracks, “Drunken Angel.” Continue reading →

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Stream God Don’t Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson featuring Lucinda Williams, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi, Tom Waits, and others

Album cover courtesy of Alligator Records
Album cover courtesy of Alligator Records

God Don’t Never Change is a new tribute album to gospel blues legend Blind Willie Johnson. The album features contributions from Lucinda Williams, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, Rickie Lee Jones, Luther Dickinson, Cowboy Junkies, two songs by Tom Waits, and others. Continue reading →

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Watch Waxahatchee cover Lucinda Williams’ “Greenville”

Waxahatchee | photo by Michael Rubenstein | via facebook.com/waxahatchee
Waxahatchee | photo by Michael Rubenstein | via facebook.com/waxahatchee

It seems the Crutchfield sisters have quite the affinity for Lucinda Williams. Way back in January, Allison (the frontwoman of Swearin’) covered Williams’ 1992 track “Something About What Happens When We Talk.” Now, twin sister Katie has taken to covering Williams’ “Greenville” during her shows as Waxahatchee. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Creepoid at The Foundry at The Fillmore, Line Leader at Kung Fu Necktie, Those People at MilkBoy and more

Creepoid | Photo by John Vettese
Creepoid | Photo by John Vettese

If you haven’t gotten a chance to see a show at the brand new Fillmore Philadelphia then why not break in the venue with tonight’s Creepoid show on the Foundry stage. The Philly psychedelic rockers will take the stage beginning at 8 p.m. alongside the alternative rock supergroup No Devotion. Click here for more details on tonight’s concert. Continue reading →

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Listen to Lucinda Williams chat with WXPN’s Michaela Majoun

Lucinda Williams | photo via Facebook.com/lucindawilliams
Lucinda Williams | photo via Facebook.com/lucindawilliams

This fall, singer-songwriter icon Lucinda Williams released her eleventh studio album, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone, and yesterday she joined XPN Morning Show host Michaela Majoun on the air to talk about the album and her upcoming local show. She plays the Scottish Rite Auditorium in Collingswood, NJ, tomorrow; tickets and information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Listen to Williams’ interview with Majoun after the jump. Continue reading →

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Recap: Celebrating the past and looking to the future with Lucinda Williams at The Keswick Theater

Lucinda Williams | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com All photos by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

Lucinda Williams gave a nearly sold-out crowd at The Keswick Theatre a glorious slice of her musical history on Saturday night. There was the promised retelling of her self-titled third album released 25 years ago to begin the night. Those 12 songs depict Williams’ strengths in the country realm, with hints of rock and blues throughout. Williams and her band, featuring Stuart Mathis on guitar, expertly showcased the album, name-dropping those who covered such classics as “The Night’s Too Long” (Patty Loveless), “Changed the Locks” (Tom Petty), and “Passionate Kisses” (Mary Chapin Carpenter). But this was not a show about hubris; it was about her shifting contexts and fantastic contributions to the world of music. Her last 10 songs certainly had a greater edge of rock. This was seen most dramatically on “Joy” and the title track to her last album, 2011’s Blessed, which was sandwiched between two stunning covers in the encore: J.J. Cale’s “Magnolia” and Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World.” Beyond the musical genres, though, Williams truly showcased her poetic voice, as found in such works as “Lake Charles” and “Righteously,” where she put down her guitar to focus on the raplike delivery. The hints of her next album in the unreleased “Something Wicked This Way Comes” distilled her essence into three solid minutes, leaving the audience with the knowledge that so much more greatness is on the horizon. And as Williams, Mathis and company jammed within the confines of Young’s masterpiece to close out the night, Williams’ identity crystalized into that of a vessel for hope and courage in the greatest and toughest of times.

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Lucinda Williams playing Keswick Theatre on September 21 (playing her 1988 classic album in its entirety + more)

Lucinda Williams (self titled) 2 Lucinda Williams is playing the Keswick Theatre on Saturday, September 21. She’ll be celebrating the 25th anniversary release of her seminal alt-country classic self-titled 1988 album which included “Passionate Kisses,” “Crescent City,” “I Just Wanted To See You So Bad,” and “Changed The Locks” along with material from her other albums and fan favorites. Go here for tickets and more information about the show.