Steve and Lucinda

 Lucinda Williams and Steve Earle, fine artists each on their own. Lucinda has a special emotional place in my heart for the Car Wheels on a Gravel Road release. If you have not yet listened to the entire album, start to finish, stream it this weekend. You will not regret the aural experience. Those more adventuresome may want to purchase the Austin City Limits live concert performance of this entire release (video included below). Steve Earle deserves our full attention.  I have not given him his just due, yet we start at the beginning with Copperhead Road (see below) and take it to his Death Penalty opposition period, with Ellis Unit One.

There is a Lucinda track from the new release, Good Souls Better Angels,  especially attention worthy,  entitled, “When the Way Gets Dark”.  It is a simple plea, helpful to all, when the way gets dark, don’t give up.  This heartfelt encouragement is especially needed at this difficult time of stupendous uncertainty, change, tumult and big decisions. Thank you Lucinda for expressing this in such a sweet and beautiful way.

Lucinda Williams – Austin City Limits 1998 – Full Performance

Lucinda Williams – Austin City Limits 1998 – Full Performance.

Lucinda Williams (vocals, guitar), Kenny Vaughan (guitar, backing vocals), John Jackson (guitar), Richard “Hombre” Price (bass), Randy Leago (Hammond B3, Accordion), Fran Breen (drums), and Jim Lauderdale (acoustic guitar, backing vocals).

1. Pineola (0:19)
2. Metal Firecracker (5:00)
3. Car Wheels on a Gravel Road (8:38)
4. Right in Time (13:19)
5. Drunken Angel (17:58)
6. Greenville (21:21)
7. Still, I Long for Your Kiss (25:43)
8. Lake Charles (30:13)
9. Changed the Locks (35:42)
10. Disgusted (39:31)
11. Jackson (42:45)
12. Sweet Old World (49:02)
13. Passionate Kisses (54:12)
14. Something About What Happens When We Talk (56:54)
15. Joy (1:00:54)
16. Can’t Let Go (1:09:33)

2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten

 

This is hands down, the best song in the Lucinda Catalog. Lucinda describes the inspiration for this song coming from a book of photography by artist, Birney Imes (out of Oxford Mississippi), entitled Juke Joint.  One image includes a few guys playing pool in a juke joint. The background wall is tagged with the core inspiration for 2 Cool to be forgotten. “too cool to be  forgotten, June Bug vs. Hurricane”. 

   “Sorry, no credit. Don’t ask. House Rules. No exceptions: No bad language, No gambling, No fights. June Bug vs Hurricane”. June Bug vs. Hurricane, hey hey.

Try to paint a more vivid portrait of a moment in timelessness.

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2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten · Lucinda Williams

Car Wheels On A Gravel Road

℗ 1998 Mercury Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Steve Earle – Ellis Unit One


 
Performed on Sessions At West 54th show. Recorded October 1998. The concert included songs with the Del McCoury Band.