Entries tagged with: Lucinda Williams
by Andrew Sacher
This is the first installment of the new "Five Notable Releases of the Week" feature, where, as the title implies, I'll be picking five releases that come out each week that I think are worth hearing. It will mostly be full-length albums, but EPs and mixtapes will count too (just not individual singles). Even with New Music Friday, release weeks are still sometimes arguable, but I'm going with anything that becomes readily available from the previous Saturday through the time of this post each Friday. Ideally, you'll be able to hear all five picks at the time this thing goes up.
Head below for this week's picks...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Kacey Musgraves at Farm Aid 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
Veteran songwriter/producer Buddy Miller has a new guest-filled album out called Cayamo Sessions At Sea, which features Kacey Musgraves, Lucinda Williams, Richard Thompson and a handful of others. The Kacey Musgraves collaboration is a cover of Buck Owens' cover "Love's Gonna Live Here" that Kacey and Buddy handle beautifully. Check it out below.
We already knew Kacey was touring this year, including NJ's Starland Ballroom on 2/20 (tickets), and she's since added a NYC stop. It's an appearance at the second annual FarmBorough festival, NYC's first-ever three-day country music festival. It takes place June 17-19 on Randall's Island.
Like last year, the lineup has mostly bro-country stuff like Jason Aldean, Thomas Rhett and Brantley Gilbert, older Top 40 guys like Toby Keith and Tim McGraw, and Lonestar, who you vaguely remember for their 1999 hit "Amazed." You can check out the full lineup here and get tickets here.
All Kacey's dates are listed, with that new song, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo by David McClister
Alt-country great Lucinda Williams has albums dating back to the late '70s, and at least a couple classics dating back to 1988's self-titled LP, and next week (2/5) she releases her twelfth album, The Ghosts of Highway 20. The whole thing is now here to stream.
The album was at least partially inspired by the 2015 passing of her father, and death, sorrow, and loss loom all over this record. Particularly on "Death Came" ("Death came and gave you his kiss, Death came and took you away from this") and "If My Love Could Kill" ("If my love could kill, I would kill this"), Lucinda is at her bluest. The album has masterful guitar work from Bill Frisell and Greg Leisz that often cuts through the mix, but mostly it's Lucinda's wearied voice and the weight of her words that keeps this thing going. The Ghosts of Highway 20 is just shy of an hour and a half and she doesn't change it up much, yet it's powerful the whole time. Its grand finale is the 12+ minute "Faith and Grace," which wouldn't have been out of place on the first two Patti Smith records. It's always nice when you get an album this strong from a veteran, and even nicer when it fits easily in today's musical climate, which this does. Listen below (via NPR).
As mentioned, Lucinda Williams is touring this year, including a five-night run at NYC's City Winery on March 13, 14, 16, 17 and 18. All five shows are sold out, but you can join the waiting list in case tickets become available.
by Andrew Sacher
Alt-country vet Lucinda Williams is set to release her twelfth album, The Ghosts of Highway 20, the followup to 2014's Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone, on February 5 via her own Highway 20 Records. She co-produced it with Greg Leisz and Tom Overby, and it features a version of Woody Guthrie's unfinished "House of Earth" and a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Factory," plus 12 original songs. Among those are "If My Love Could Kill," "Dust" and the title track, all of which are very melancholic (and even more deeply moving when taken into consideration that her father's 2015 death inspired this album). The latter two are also pretty lengthy, passing the six and seven minute marks, respectively. Listen to those two below, and "If My Love Could Kill" here.
She'll be supporting it on a tour in March/April that hits NYC for a five-night run at City Winery on March 13, 14, 16, 17 & 18 at City Winery. Tickets for all five shows are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
photos by David Andrako
The free Celebrate Brooklyn! shows in Prospect Park continued last night (6/25) with alt-country veteran Lucinda Williams. Lucinda's got records dating back over thirty years, and she gave us some classics, but she's also still putting out worthy music. Last year's Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone was well represented and one reviewer said the best song of the night was off that album. They closed with a cover of Neil Young's "Rockin' In The Free World" (attn: Donald Trump). Video of that and more pictures from the show -- including opener Jason Walker -- below...
Michael Chapman - 'Fully Qualified Survivor' (1970) artwork)
Every artist has a piece of work that niggles them--something that they wish they could redo, given the chance. It's why Paul McCartney once reproduced Let It Be and why Kate Bush re-recorded Wuthering Heights for her best-of album. For the prolific Michael Chapman, that album is Window, the missing link in the series of Chapman's early albums being reissued by Light In The Attic Records. Window sits just after the previously released Fully Qualified Survivor and Rainmaker, right before Wrecked Again.The above quote about British folk veteran Michael Chapman is from Light in the Attic, the label that has reissued a handful of his albums, including the newest one, 1971's Window, which came out earlier this year. You can listen to a couple tracks of his from those reissues, below.
In 1970, signed to the hip Harvest label (home to Kevin Ayers and Syd Barrett, among others), Chapman was still an artist waiting for that first big success, perpetually skint and permanently touring to make ends meet. With that in mind, he aimed to make Window in as little time as possible because being in the studio meant not being on the road. Producer Gus Dudgeon-who'd been working with Elton John-had other ideas and booked Chapman and his band into one of the UK's most expensive studios, Trident.
The singer-songwriter and prodigious guitarist was in transition from his folkier origins to his heavier future and heading for a whole mess of trouble with the same year's Wrecked Again. Given the touring bust-ups and tortured recording sessions to come, Michael's wife Andru Chapman remembers the recording of Window was noted for a "lack of hiccups. No one threw their toys out of the pram, unlike Wrecked Again." Recorded with U.S. guitar player Phil Greenberg, violin player Johnny Van Derek, and pianist Alex Atterson, the album has a blend of electric and acoustic instruments, both traditional and experimental at once, synthetic sounds melding with finger-picked guitars.
The trouble came later. Immediately after recording finished, Michael took the band back out on the road with the understanding that as soon as he got back, he'd put the final acoustic guitar tracks down to replace what he's always said were only guide tracks. Unfortunately, Harvest's parent label decided the album was finished and pressed it up anyway. And Chapman, as a result, hates it. Indeed, 34 years later he even set out to right the wrong, re-recording parts of the LP and noting it was a strange experience listening to "dead people on the between-track studio chatter" (Dudgeon, engineer Robin Cable, and drummer Richie Dharma have all since passed).
Chapman was last in New York for Basilica Sound Scape 2014, and he'll return this year, this time playing NYC. It's his only currently-announced US date on a tour that's otherwise all in Europe, and happens October 9 at Rough Trade. The show is the tenth anniversary party for the Tompkins Square Label, another label that's known for reissues and has put out some of Chapman's stuff.
Also on the bill is Peter Walker, the '60s-era raga guitarist who we wrote about when he played Baby's last year, and a much newer musician who owes a lot to the era Peter and Michael got their start in (update: that newer musician will be announed soon). Tickets are on AmEx presale now, and the general on-sale starts Friday (5/29) at noon.
In related news, Tompkins Square put out Remembering Mountains: Unheard Songs by Karen Dalton this week. It features lyrics of un-recorded Karen Dalton songs (courtesy of Peter Walker) sung by other (mostly contemporary) artists including Sharon Van Etten, Marissa Nadler, Julia Holter, Laurel Halo, Diane Cluck, Josephine Foster, Tara Jane O'Neil, Lucinda Williams and more. Listen to an Rdio stream of the whole album below.
photos: Celebrate Brooklyn last year (more by David Andrako)
We've known about Celebrate Brooklyn!'s summer slate of 2015 ticketed benefit shows at Prospect Park -- including Modest Mouse, Interpol and Willie Nelson -- for a while and now they've announced their free show schedule. In addition to the already-announced New Pornographers show on 7/11 (which now also includes Thao & the Get Down Stay Down) and the Chaka Khan season kickoff show on 6/3, this summer's free highlights include:
Lucius | Luke Temple | Pavo Pavo on Saturday, June 13Full Celebrate Brooklyn! schedule below...
Eighth Blackbird With Special Guest Will Oldham | Bill Frisell & Sam Amidon on Thursday, June 18
Lucinda Williams | Jason Walker on Thursday, June 25
Punch Brothers | Sarah Jarosz on Thursday, July 9
Vieux Farka Touré | Tamikrest | Dj Dakar on Thursday, July 16
Jason Isbell | Dawn Landes on Friday, July 24.
Sylvan Esso | Porches on Saturday, July 25
Big K.R.I.T. | Angel Haze | The D.R.E.A.M. Ring: Flexn on Friday, July 31
Tune-Yards | Shabazz Palaces on Saturday, August 8
by Andrew Sacher
As discussed, Waxhatchee signed to Merge for her third full length which will be out in April. There's still no single released from that, but yesterday (1/4) on main member Katie Crutchfield's 26th birthday, she put out an album trailer that features 54 seconds of new music. It's not a lot to go on, but it sounds good and so far it doesn't seem like Cerulean Salt part 2. Check it out for yourself below.
Waxahatchee play Portland this Tuesday, 1/6, an XRAY.FM-curated Red Bull Sound Select show which is just $3 with RSVP (much like our own upcoming RBSS show which is 1/13 at Baby's in Brooklyn).
Katie's twin sister Allison and Waxahatchee member Keith Spencer's band Swearin' also have two shows coming up in February. First they play NYC on February 19 at Baby's All Right and then Philly a day later. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now.
In more related news, Radiator Hospital frontman and former Waxahatchee bassist Sam Cook-Parrott recently wrote about his Top 10 Days of 2014 for The Media, where he also premiered a cover of Lucinda Williams' "Something About What Happens" with Allison Crutchfield, with whom he toured and collaborated in 2014.
Listen to that, with the Waxahatchee trailer and list of Swearin' dates, below...
We're just over a month away from 2015 and those UK year-end lists keep pouring in. Now British music mag Uncut has posted their 75 Best Albums of 2014. Looks like their winner is becoming a popular choice for #1, and the rest of their top 10 is split between real-deal veterans (Leonard Cohen [falling just a tad from his 2012 #1 spot], Robert Plant) and rising newcomers (FKA twigs). Elsewhere the list has a lot of the indie-related albums that keep popping up, a good deal of folk/country, more veteran appearances, and a certain opinionated UK duo who have appeared on every UK list we've seen so far and make their US debut this week.
Check out the full list below...
Rough Trade NYC on Record Store Day 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As they usually are, Rough Trade Shops are one of the first this year to post their favorite albums of 2014 list. It's 100 albums long and mostly filled with the bigger indie and indie-related releases of the year, but there's a few surprises in there too. Mark Kozelek will not be happy to see that The War On Drugs placed #2, 8 higher than the Sun Kil Moon record. Mark should be proud that he made the list not once, but TWICE though. His Christmas album landed at #84. Run the Jewels, who are not on it all, have started a "Suck My Dick Rough Trade" chant. Check out their full list below and see more on each album here.
photos by PSquared
Lucinda Williams @ Rough Trade 9/29/2014
On past albums Ms. Williams has portrayed herself at moments of rage, excess and grief; now she prefers stability. Her songs are fully aware of wounds and pitfalls, but they're more likely to be looking back or looking outward. Ms. Williams shows her kindly side in songs like "Temporary Nature (of Any Precious Thing)" "Stand Right by Each Other" and "When I Look at the World," which admits, "I've been a total wreck" before it goes on to cherish "the world and all its glory."Lucinda Williams celebrated the arrival of her first self-released album, the double-length Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone at Rough Trade on Monday (9/29). (Rough Trade, the label, put out Lucinda's acclaimed 1988 self-titled album.) Accompanied by guitarist Stuart Mathis (who played in The Wallflowers), Williams performed stripped-down versions of songs old and new. Pictures from the Rough Trade show, including one of the setlist, are in this post.
The surly, righteously wrathful Ms. Williams hasn't disappeared. She's still seething, and revealing some lingering pain, in "Cold Day in Hell" and "Big Mess," each a good riddance to an ex. And she's still thinking about loneliness: in "Wrong Number," which gradually reveals a tale of trouble and abandonment, and in "This Old Heartache," an old-fashioned honky-tonk tune that conceals neat craftsmanship behind the tearful scrape of her singing. - [NY Times]
While in NYC, Williams stopped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to perform "Protection" and video of that is below. Lucinda will be back in NYC to play at Beacon Theatre on November 17 with The Kenneth Brian Band, part of her fall tour. Tickets are still available.
More pictures from Rough Trade and the Tonight Show performance video, below...
As mentioned, acclaimed roots singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams will release her new double album, Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone, next week (9/30). You can stream the whole thing over at NPR. In celebration of the new album, Williams has just announced a show happening at Rough Trade NYC on Monday (9/29). To get in you need to buy a copy of the new album at Rough Trade that day. That night she'll play The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon too.
Lucinda will then be back in NYC later this fall for a much larger show at Beacon Theatre on November 17 with The Kenneth Brian Band. Tickets are still available. She's added a few other dates since we last posted, and all are listed below...
Veteran country artist Lucinda Williams will release her 11th studio album, a double whammy titled Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone, on September 30 via her own Highway 20 label. That's the cover art above and you can stream single "Protection," below. She'll be doing some touring this fall as well, including n NYC show at Beacon Theatre on November 17. Tickets go on sale Friday (9/19) at 9 AM with Chase cardmember and fanclub presales beginning Wednesday (9/17) at 9 AM.
All tour dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...
Lucinda Williams at SXSW 2014 (more by Steven Noreyko)
Alt-country vet Lucinda Williams mentioned when we caught her at SXSW that she'd be releasing a new album soon, and though that still hasn't been officially announced, Lucinda did announce some upcoming shows. She doesn't hit NYC this time around, but she'll be nearby to play The Stone Pony on June 11 and The Space at Westbury on June 19. Both of those shows, and others on the tour are with The Kenneth Brian Band. Tickets for the NYC-area shows go on sale Friday (4/11) at 10 AM and noon, respectively. The Westbury show is currently on artist presale. All dates are listed below.
In related news, fellow country singer Emmylou Harris, who covered and collaborated with Lucinda on her 1995 album, Wrecking Ball (which Nonesuch just reissued with bonus material), also has dates coming up in support of that reissue. Those dates see Emmylou joined by Daniel Lanois, Steven Nistor and Jam Wilson, plus Daniel Lanois will also open with a solo set. They'll hit NYC on Saturday (4/12) at BAM. Tickets are available via BAM, but you may have to call the box office. More details at BAM's site. All dates are listed below.
Lucinda and Emmylou also collaborated on "Greenville" from Lucinda's 1998 album, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road. Watch a clip of them performing that together in 2007, with both artists' lists of dates, below...
WFUV is putting on their annual Holiday Cheer show at Beacon Theatre on December 5, which is a benefit for WFUV. So far the only announced artist for this year's show is Lucinda Williams, but more artists TBA. Tickets for the show go on WFUV Member and MSGE presale today (11/8) at 11 AM with a general on-sale starting Friday (11/9) at 11 AM.
Lucinda's last show in the NYC area was the Levon Helm tribute concert, which went down at Izod Center in East Rutherford, NJ last month (10/3) with a huge cast of artists including My Morning Jacket, Ray LaMontagne, Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes, Jorma Kaukonen, Mavis Staples and more. A video of Lucinda performing "Whispering Pines" and a list of all of her upcoming dates is below.
Roger Waters at Yankee Stadium, July 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Roger Waters has been added to the big "Love for Levon" tribute that goes down next week (10/3) at the Izod Center. The onetime Pink Floyd guitarist/vocalist joins the likes of Gregg Allman, John Mayer, My Morning Jacket, John Prine, Warren Hayes, Garth Hudson, Grace Potter and more in the all-star band that will celebrate the life and music of Levon Helm who lost his battle with cancer back in April. A full list of performers for "Love for Levon" is below.
Tickets are still available and please remember that the whole show is a benefit with net proceeds from the concert helping support "the lasting legacy of Levon Helm by helping his estate keep ownership of his home, barn and studio, and to continue The Midnight Ramble Sessions." We are, however, also giving a pair away. Details on how to enter are below.
The 2012 New Yorker Festival happens October 5 - 7, bringing together writers, musicians, filmmakers, chefs, deep thinkers and all other sorts of creative types. Highlights for the 13th annual fest include "Portlandia Live" with Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein and special guests performing sketches live; Atul Gawande and the band Vampire Weekend; Sasha Frere-Jones and the singer Norah Jones; Alec Wilkinson and the neo-bluegrass band Punch Brothers; Ariel Levy and the singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams; John Seabrook and the indie-folk band Beirut; and Ben Greenman and singer, songwriter, and producer Raphael Saadiq.
Other notable events: the Wachowskis will present their new film Cloud Atlas with co-director Tom Tykwer; Mad Men's John Slattery hosts a panel on "period acting"; Paul Muldoon will interview Patti Smith and loads more meetings of minds.
Tickets to the 2012 New Yorker Festival will go on sale on Friday, September 14 at noon. Full line-up is below.
My Morning Jacket at Williamsburg Park - 8/19/12 (more by David Andrako)
A cavalcade of music talent is coming out to pay tribute to The Band's late, great Levon Helm (who lost his battle with cancer in April) at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, NJ on October 3. Performers include John Mayer, My Morning Jacket, Ray LaMontagne, Eric Church, Gregg Allman, Dierks Bentley, Marc Cohn, Patty Griffin, Warren Haynes, John Hiatt, Bruce Hornsby, Jorma Kaukonen, The Levon Helm Band, Robert Randolph, Mavis Staples, Joe Walsh, Lucinda Williams and "More Legendary Surprise Guests" to appear as well.
Tickets for the show go on sale Wednesday, August 29 at 11 AM, with a Citicard presale starting Friday, August 24 at 10 AM. There will also be a Live Nation presale on August 29 at 10 AM.
All net proceeds from the concert will help support "the lasting legacy of Levon Helm by helping his estate keep ownership of his home, barn and studio, and to continue The Midnight Ramble Sessions."
Wanda Jackson at Newport Folk Fest 2011 (more by Jim Brueckner)
As mentioned, queen of rockabilly Wanda Jackson is releasing a new album, Unfinished Business, this year and supporting it with a tour which brings her to NYC for a show on October 12 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available.
She's since expanded her tour and it now includes another date in the NYC area even sooner, which happens at Maxwell's on August 17. Tickets for that show are on sale now. The Maxwell's show is one day before Wanda heads to Philly for the Philadelphia Folk Festival which goes down from August 17-19 with sets from Steve Earle and the Dukes, Lucinda Williams, Deno Band, Pokey LaFarge, Strand of Oaks, Arborea and others. The full lineup is listed below. Tickets for the fest are on sale now.
A list of updates dates, Philadelphia Folk Fest lineup, and an album teaser for Unfinished Business are below.
Alt-country troubadour Lucinda Williams is continuing to tour in support of her 2011 LP, Blessed. That tour includes dates with Alejandro Escovedo collaborator Amy Cook, which brings the two singers to NYC for a four night run in August. That run includes shows at Bowery Ballroom on 8/6 and 8/7 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on 8/9 and 8/10. TIckets for all four NYC shows go on sale Friday (7/13) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (7/11) at noon.
A list of all dates and the video for "Copenhagen" off 2011's Blessed are below...
Is anything still going on at Zuccotti Park? Regardless, Jackson Browne and Dawes, who have collaborated before (just ask Lefsetz!), will perform for Occupy Wall Street at Zuccotti Park today (12/1) sometime between noon and 1:30pm (I've seen it listed as 12, 12:30 and 1). Oh and Third Eye Blind, who wrote a song for the movement, will be there too! How's it going to be? How's it going to be...
Later tonight the movement will be at Lincoln Center with Philip Glass.
Dawes begin a run of proper NY and NJ shows on 12/3.
Canadian folk/alt-country band Blackie and the Rodeo Kings are set to release Kings and Queens today (6/14) in the US via Music/Dramatico/Universal. The album features a different female vocalist in each track, and the list is pretty impressive. It includes Lucinda Williams, Mary Margaret O'Hara, Exene Cervenka of X, Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek, Emmylou Harris, Rosanne Cash and others. Full tracklist below.
No special guests are announced, but we know at least one of the artists that appears on the album is probably in town. NYC resident Rosanne Cash, who spends much of the summer touring to promote her music and a book, has no dates scheduled before this Thursday (6/16) when she plays as part of Hal Wilner's 'Freedom Riders' show with Lou Reed, Tao Seeger, and others.
Exene Cervenka will be in NYC with X in September and October.
I don't know if Sara Watkins is on tour with the Decemberists (who play Prospect Park tonight), but she did play with them at the Beacon Theater in January.
All B&RK tour dates, album art, and tracklist below...
Lucinda Williams and Amos Lee will team up for a string of East Coast dates including a pair in the NYC area on 7/20 at Wellmont Theatre and 7/21 at Beacon Theater. Tickets for Beacon Theater and Wellmont Theatre are currently on Fan presale, and go on AmEx presale at noon today followed by regular sale on Friday.
Both Lucinda Williams and Amos Lee have a bunch of other dates on their tour schedule as well, and Williams is celebrating the release of her recently birthed new LP Blessed, which is streaming in full at her website. She also recently dropped the "Live at SXSW" EP, which is available now via iTunes.
All tour dates and a series of videos where "everyday people from the city of Los Angeles, CA share their story of why they are Blessed," below...
photos by Eric M. Townsend
The MUSE: Your debut album was just released this summer. What have the last few months been like for you?Dylan LeBlanc's hard touring brought him to Rock Shop on 1/27 (he played the show before Wye Oak) and Mercury Lounge on 1/28 (where these pictures come from).
Dylan LeBlanc: I worked really hard touring. It's been a big change in my life, kind of giving up control and having people work for me. It's weird. Not having to book my own shows. It's kind of cool. I like it. I feel like I'm very happy. I feel like I'm moving forward, and I've gotten a lot better over the course of the last year and several months. Playing new songs, it's been really great.
Who are some of the artists and songs that inspired you to get out there and create your own music?
Dylan LeBlanc: As far as artists go, I like what a lot of people like. I like Wilco a lot. They were big throughout my teenage years. And a lot of Neil Young, classic rock, classic folk music. As far as songs go, the first song that made me instantly love music was "Out On The Weekend" from Harvest (Reprise). That was the first real, good song that made me want to start writing songs. I just like that song for some reason, and that whole album. We played a lot of good stuff at my house.
The Mercury Lounge show in direction competition with a show featuring his tourmate Lissie at Webster Hall that night. The two resumed their tour together after NYC and keep going for about another week. Later this month Dylan hops on tour with Lucinda Williams who then plays two shows at Webster Hall without him.
All tour dates, more pictures from the Merc show, and some videos from Lissie's date with Webster Hall, below...
Lucinda Williams @ Outside Lands 2009 (more by Chris Graham)
Lucinda Williams will be touring this February and March. Towns she hits include Boston, Ithaca, Red Bank and New York City. Tickets for March 11th and 12th shows at Webster Hall are on a "Lucinda Williams Presale" now. General sale begins Friday at noon (and there's an AmEx presale starting Wednesday). All dates below...