It looks as though 2014 will be a year of significant Americana re-issues. On the heels of Lucinda Williams' re-release of her Rough Trade album, Emmylou Harris and Daniel Lanois will re-issue one of our cornerstones, "Wrecking Ball" on April 8.
While it has never been out of print since its release in 1996, Nonesuch is giving it the premium treatment. Not only will the original album be remastered (what was wrong with the first one?), but a second disc containing alternate…Continue
Posted on February 3, 2014 at 10:00am — 2 Comments
"When Lucinda-Cindy, then-was six years old she was putting words together on paper. For a first-grade project she wrote a poem and surrounded it by delightful multicolored designs. The teacher didn’t know where to put it, the only two categories to that point being collections and crafts, so it was placed in a table by itself between two long tables loaded with birds’ nests and bird houses. All these years later, the world still doesn’t quite know what table Lucinda’s work belongs…Continue
Posted on January 6, 2014 at 7:30pm — 8 Comments
My post on picks for essential albums of the year was completed on the same day as the blogger compilation list was featured and a quick scrolling noted that there were many worthwhile recordings that were absent from all our lists. And many substantial 2013 releases, such as Kim Richey and my own Patty Griffin's Silver Bell and the Motel Mirrors, were included only on a single list.
So, to give some space and credit to…Continue
Posted on December 30, 2013 at 3:00pm — 6 Comments
There are no two ways about it, 2013 was the year of Jason Isbell. He toured everywhere to support Southeastern, and Terry Gross of NPR’s “Fresh Air” devoted an entire hour-long show to an interview and some live performances. It was on many top 10 lists regardless of genres, and it was many folks’ number one -- including this magazine's that was just announced as I write this. It was his monster year and he wore it humbly and well. The album also included my song of the year,…Continue
Posted on December 30, 2013 at 8:00am — 5 Comments
Lucinda Williams will take a break from mixing a new album for Thirty Tigers by celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the re-release of the Rough Trade album in the town where I first saw her some 28 years ago, Austin, on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 -- the same day as its re-release -- with an in-store performance at one of the finest record stores in the country, Waterloo Records, 5 p.m. with free beer provided by Shiner.
The album was originally released in October 1988 and…Continue
Posted on December 24, 2013 at 8:00am