I wanna hang out with this band. Check it out. They look like they are having fun. I love music when it’s fun.
No Depression rocks. Still. They interviewed our boy Ronnie Fauss, then Shady from the New Zealand radio station, Radioactive-FM, interviewed him. Now they have introduced Donna Dean to the masses and about time, I’d say, because it’s clear that they have been practicing for a while….uh, duh…..where has she been? where have I been? Thanks for the alert on this, Shady, because I am richer for having heard it this morning.
There once was a time when, at my house, a new Lucinda Williams record was something of a major event. I’m talking back when she only put out an album every five years or so. Then, after a seemingly endless wait, she would put out something like Sweet Old World or Car Wheels On A Gravel Road or Essence and all that much rumored obsessive perfectionism would result in about as great a record as any hard core roots music thrill seeker could hope for.
Man, those were the days.
Lately she’s been a lot more prolific than she was back then. Her latest release, “West,” on Lost Highway Records, is her third studio release since 2001. And if you count last year’s Live at the Fillmore, she’s been virtually cranking them out since the turn of the millennium, relatively speaking.
Early in her career, Lucinda Williams gained a reputation for being a perfectionist. It took her five years to make a record. Her live shows were rare and elusive – rumors of her being difficult abounded. But with each release she got better, both in her songwriting and delivery. It was always worth the wait.
As I’ve heard it, during the recording of her breakthrough record "Car Wheels On A Gravel Road," she terminated the relationship with long time guitarist – producer Gurf Morlix. Steve Earle stepped in to finish the production and the results were her best record to date, one with Steve’s fingerprints all over it. It launched her into the big time, selling lots of records, winning a Grammy and garnering critical praise as one of the best living American songwriters.