For fans of country-rock chanteuse Lucinda Williams it has been too long in the
desert. Williams, whose self-titled 1988 album on Rough Trade is still
considered by many to be one of the great albums of the 80's, and who hasn't
released a new album in over five years, has finally finished her debut for
Rick Rubin's American Recordings, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road.
Actually, Williams is almost finished, according to the folks at
American, who know better than to hold Ms. Williams to any timetable, given the
long birth of this effort, which was reported to be near completion several
times, only to have Williams scrap the tracks and start over. And over.
According to a source at American, the sessions for the album, which were
co-produced by Steve Earle, Ray Kennedy and ex-E Streeter Roy Bittan, were
recently completed. A summer release is expected.
This is great news for
anybody who caught Williams' appearance at the South By Southwest Festival in
Austin, Texas last year, since it was one of the highlights of the affair and
reminded the packed house of the vocal and lyrical strength of the Grammy
winning singer. The album, which will include the songs "Concrete and Barbed
Wire," "Greenville," and "Lake Charles," boasts guest appearances from Dr. John
and guitarist Charlie Sexton and is scheduled to be mixed next month--although
you never know.