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Lucinda Williams plans NY, LA runs, playing entire disc each night

Friday, July 20, 2007 – Lucinda Williams will play a five-night run of small venues shows in New York City and Los Angeles in September and early October. Williams will perform five of her eight critically-acclaimed albums ("Lucinda Williams" (1988), "Sweet Old World" (1990), "Car Wheels On A Gravel Road" (1998), "Essence" (2001) and "World Without Tears" (2003)) in their entirety, one album per night.

Following each album performance, Williams and her band (guitarist Doug Pettibone, bassist David Sutton and drummer Butch Norton) will play a second set of material from her 2007 heavily-praised album "West" along with songs from throughout her career.

Williams will perform at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles on Sept. 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10. After selling out New York's Radio City Music Hall in March, Williams will return to the Big Apple to play the first two shows at Irving Plaza on Sept. 29-30, followed by 3 shows at Manhattan's Town Hall on Oct. 2-4. Williams will be performing the albums in reverse chronological order, beginning with 2003's "World Without Tears" on the first night and ending with 1988's "Lucinda Williams" on the final evening on each coast.

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There's little left to be said when it comes the link between quality songs and Lucinda Williams. From her early days to her commercial breakthrough with 1998's "Car Wheels On A Gravel Road," Williams has always created her own heartfelt nuggets that can be equally haunting and rocking. And this newest release is perhaps her most ambitious effort to date, a 2-disc, 20-track album, starting with the barren "Compassion" that recalls some precious combination of Linda »»»
Lucinda Williams (25th Anniversary release) CD review - Lucinda Williams (25th Anniversary release)
Relistening to Lucinda Williams' 1988 self-titled release, it's initially startling to hear how pure her voice sounds. Williams' vocal cords have taken on so much character over the years, so it's a little like listening to Joni Mitchell then and now. This remastered reissue also includes a Netherlands concert, as well as some bonus cuts. It adds up to around two hours of Williams' music and is certainly worth the time spent listening to it. Even though her voice was a »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Moakler does it his way – Steve Moakler told the good-sized crowd that he had played just about every college there is in the area. Now, that would be quite a lot and probably a bit hyperbolic. But the point is he's trying to do it his way. Without the benefits of commercial radio play or a label behind him, Moakler has benefitted from extraterrestrial radio playing his... »»»
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