Lucinda Williams

Born 26 January 1953.
Lucinda Williams

Biography

Lucinda Williams (born January 26, 1953) is an American rock, folk, blues, and country music singer and songwriter.

She recorded her first albums in 1978 and 1980 in a traditional country and blues style and received very little attention from radio, the media, or the public. In 1988, she released her self-titled album, Lucinda Williams. This release featured "Passionate Kisses", a song later recorded by Mary Chapin Carpenter, which garnered Williams her first Grammy Award for Best Country Song in 1994.

Known for working slowly, Williams recorded and released only one other album in the next several years (Sweet Old World in 1992) before her greatest success came in 1998 with Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, an album presenting a broader scope of songs that fused rock, blues, country, and Americana into a more distinctive style that still managed to remain consistent and commercial in sound. It went gold and earned Williams another Grammy while being universally acclaimed by critics. Since Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, she has released a string of albums that have also been critically acclaimed, though none have sold in the numbers of her 1998 breakthrough. She was also named "America's best songwriter" by TIME magazine in 2002.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Blessed

    Blessed 2011

    Reviewed by Nick Barraclough
    One of America’s finest songwriters releases another recommended collection.
  2. Review of Little Honey

    Little Honey 2008

    Reviewed by Jon Lusk
    Her follow-up to West
  3. Review of West

    West 2007

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    It seems that Lucinda has finally made the ‘mature but hip’ album that we’ve all...