31 Facts About Lucinda Williams

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Lucinda Williams's recorded her first two albums: Ramblin' on My Mind and Happy Woman Blues, in a traditional country and blues style that received critical praise but little public or radio attention.

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Lucinda Williams' follow up album; Essence, appeared in 2001, to further critical acclaim and commercial success, becoming her first Top 40 album on the Billboard 200, peaking at No 28.

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In 2020, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road ranked No 97, and Lucinda Williams ranked No 426, on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

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Lucinda Williams's was inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame in 2021.

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5.

Lucinda Williams was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, the daughter of poet and literature professor Miller Lucinda Williams, and amateur pianist Lucille Fern Day.

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6.

Lucinda Williams' father gained custody of her and her younger brother, Robert Miller, and sister, Karyn Elizabeth.

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7.

Lucinda Williams never graduated from high school but was accepted into the University of Arkansas.

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Lucinda Williams's showed an affinity for music at an early age, and was playing guitar at 12.

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Lucinda Williams's moved to Jackson, Mississippi, in 1978 to record her first album for Folkways Records.

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10.

The following year, Lucinda Williams released her fourth album, Sweet Old World, on the Chameleon label.

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11.

In 1996, Lucinda Williams duetted with Steve Earle on the song "You're Still Standin' There" from his album I Feel Alright.

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12.

Lucinda Williams gained a reputation as a perfectionist and slow worker when it came to recording; six years would pass before her next album release, though she appeared as a guest on other artists' albums and contributed to several tribute compilations during this period.

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Lucinda Williams toured with Bob Dylan, the Allman Brothers and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and on her own in support of the album.

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14.

The album received a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Folk Album in 2002, while Lucinda Williams won the Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for the single "Get Right with God", an atypically up-tempo gospel-rock tune from the otherwise rather low-key release.

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The previous year, Lucinda Williams was nominated for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for her cover of Greg Brown's "Lately", from Going Driftless: An Artists' Tribute to Greg Brown.

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16.

Lucinda Williams was a guest vocalist on the song "Factory Girls" from Irish punk-folk band Flogging Molly's 2004 album "Within a Mile of Home", and appeared on Elvis Costello's The Delivery Man .

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Lucinda Williams's sang with folk legend Ramblin' Jack Elliott on the track "Careless Darling" from his 2006 album I Stand Alone.

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18.

Lucinda Williams wrapped recording on her ninth album in March 2008.

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19.

Lucinda Williams released a cover of Shel Silverstein's "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan" in June 2010, as part of the Twistable, Turnable Man tribute album.

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20.

In 2012 and 2013, Williams toured the U S accompanied only by guitarist Doug Pettibone.

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21.

AllMusic wrote "after releasing one of the best and boldest albums of her career with Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone, Lucinda Williams goes from strength to strength with The Ghosts of Highway 20, and it seems like a welcome surprise that she's moving into one of the most fruitful periods of her recording career as she approaches her fourth decade as a musician".

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22.

Marvels members Bill Frisell and Greg Leisz had previously worked with Lucinda Williams, including on her 1998 album Car Wheels on a Gravel Road.

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23.

The album was met with critical acclaim; AllMusic wrote "the pairing of this band with Lucinda Williams sounds natural, effortless, and holistic", while Rolling Stone called it a "savvy stylistic blend".

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Lucinda Williams's co-wrote three tracks on the album, and performed on three tracks.

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25.

Later that year, Lucinda Williams began "Lu's Jukebox", a six-episode series of themed live performances.

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26.

Lucinda Williams was inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame in October 2021.

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27.

Jason Isbell, who inducted Lucinda Williams, credited her with creating a map for other singer-songwriters to follow; "A lot of my songs wouldn't exist if I hadn't spent so much time trying to rip her off", he stated in his speech.

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28.

Lucinda Williams performed at the ceremony, she sang "Crescent City" with Rosanne Cash and "Changed the Locks" with Margo Price.

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29.

From before 2012 into 2022, Lucinda Williams has called her backing band the Buick 6, whose name was inspired by Bob Dylan's song "From a Buick 6".

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30.

In 1986, Lucinda Williams married Long Ryders drummer Greg Sowders, but the couple divorced within eighteen months.

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31.

Lucinda Williams has received three awards in three separate categories, from 17 nominations that span five genres .

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