Alternative folk and country rocker Lucinda Williams has had a banner week, as her 1998 album "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road" won a Grammy on Wednesday night for Best Contemporary Folk Album -- and was also named Best Album of the Year in the prestigious Pazz and Jop Poll, a survey of 500 music critics compiled by the "Village Voice."
Following Williams in the poll was Lauryn Hill's "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill," which marked the first time since the poll's debut in 1971 that women have nabbed the two top slots.Other top 10 artists included perennial favorite Bob Dylan, Elliot Smith, Outkast, Air, Rufus Wainwright and the Beastie Boys.
Such accolades may be a sign that Williams' future with Mercury Records following the recent Unigram merger may be secure, as "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road" has met with relatively sluggish sales despite its critical acclaim.
Williams has been tapped to deliver the keynote address at this year's South By Southwest Music Conference, slated
for March 17-21 in Austin, Texas.
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