Lucinda Williams announces ‘Car Wheels On A Gravel Road’ 20th anniversary tour
Alt-country vet Lucinda Williams‘ fifth album, 1998’s Car Wheels On A Gravel Road, turns 20 this year, and Lucinda is celebrating the anniversary with a fall tour. She’s doing two sets, one with Car Wheels performed in full, and another with songs from all over her career. Lucinda will be backed by her longtime band Buick 6, featuring Butch Norton on drums, David Sutton on bass and Stuart Mathis on guitar.
The tour begins in NJ, hits NYC’s Beacon Theatre on November 7, and makes stops in Boston, Connecticut, Chicago, Toronto, and more. Most dates (including NYC) go on sale Thursday (8/23) at 7 PM local. All dates are listed below.
Earlier this year, Waxahatchee‘s Katie Crutchfield wrote a 20th anniversary article on Car Wheels On A Gravel Road for Stereogum. Here’s an excerpt:
In this life of music fandom, we enthusiasts strive for the ultimate reward as a music-lover. This is, of course, finding the album that you can’t stop playing, the album that is the only source of relief in your day, the album that becomes your life. I’ve been blessed by this anomaly many times. When people say “That album changed my life” or “That album saved my life,” I believe this type of immersive enthusiasm is the phenomenon they’re referring to. It’s why music is so powerful; to me there is no other medium of art that one can return to so frequently or continue absorbing and engaging without getting burned out or bored. Sometimes, you find a record and it feels like you found your new best friend.
I’ve never experienced this type of infatuation with an album more than I have with Car Wheels. Truly, from the moment the first track “Right In Time” kicked in I just understood it. It felt like the cultivation of so many conflicting ideas, so many contradictions that swirled around inside my mind all pieced together with an effortless impeccability. I had been writing songs myself for about 10 years at that point and I’d always passively wrestled with my identity as an artist. I couldn’t fully step into my own agency. All of Lucinda’s contradictions, the genre-lessness, the grayness, those features always made me feel clumsy or self-conscious when I heard it in my own songwriting. It made me anxious.
You can read the rest here.
Watch Lucinda performing two of the album’s songs from her ‘Live From Austin, TX’ film:
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Lucinda Williams — Car Wheels On A Gravel Road 2018 Tour Dates
November 2 – Collingswood, NJ – The Scottish Rite
November 3 – Northampton, MA – The Calvin Theatre
November 5-6 – Boston, MA – The Paradise
November 7 – New York, NY – The Beacon Theatre
November 9 – New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall
November 10 – Norwalk, CT – Wall Street Theater
November 11 – Lebanon, NH – Lebanon Opera House
November 13 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
November 14 – Toronto, ON – The Phoenix Concert Theatre
November 16 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall *
November 17 – Berwyn, IL – FitzGerald’s *
* Benefit shows for Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry