Live @ The Fillmore is Lucinda Williams' eighth album, and her first live album. It was released in 2005.This text has been derived from Live @ The Fillmore on Wikipedia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License 3.0
Lucinda Williams (born January 26, 1953. Allmusic. Retrieved on October 7, 2008.) is an American rock, folk, blues and country music singer and songwriter. She recorded her first albums in 1978 and 1980 in a traditional country and blues style and received very little attention from radio, the media, or the public. In 1988, she released her self-titled album, Lucinda Williams. This release featured "Passionate Kisses", a song later recorded by Mary Chapin Carpenter which garnered Lucinda her first Grammy Award for Best Country Song in 1994. Known for working slowly, Lucinda recorded and released only one other album in the next several years (Sweet Old World in 1992) before her greatest success came in 1998 with Car Wheels on a Gravel Road. This album presented a broader scope of songs that fused rock, blues, country, and Americana into a more distinctive style that still managed to remain consistent and commercial in sound. It went gold and earned Lucinda another Grammy while being universally acclaimed by critics. Since Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, she has released a string of albums that have also been critically acclaimed, though none have sold in the numbers of her 1998 breakthrough. She was also named "America's best songwriter" by TIME magazine in 2002.. CNN/TIME. Retrieved on October 7, 2008.
Williams was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, the daughter of poet and literature professor Miller Williams and an amateur pianist. Her parents divorced in the mid-1960s with Williams' father gaining custody of her and her younger brother and sister. Her father worked as a visiting professor in Mexico and different parts of the American South including Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Jackson, Mississippi, and Utah before settling at the University of Arkansas. His daughter started writing when she was 6 years old and showed an affinity for music at an early age, and was playing guitar at 12. Williams's first live performance was in Mexico City at 17, as part of a duo with her friend, a banjo player named Clark Jones.Bukowski, Elizabeth.
Salon. Retrieved on January 11, 2000.
By her early 20s, Williams was playing publicly in Austin and Houston, Texas, concentrating on a folk-rock-country blend. She moved to Jackson, Mississippi, in 1978 to record her first album, for Smithsonian/Folkways Records. Titled Ramblin', it was a collection of country and blues covers. She followed it up in 1980 with Happy Woman Blues, which consisted of her own material. Neither album received much attention.
In the 1980s, Williams moved to Los Angeles, California (before finally settling in Nashville, Tennessee), where, both backed by a rock band and performing in acoustic settings, she developed a following and a critical reputation. While based in Los Angeles, she was briefly married to Long Ryders drummer Greg Sowders, whom she had met in a club. In 1988 Rough Trade Records released the self-titled Lucinda Williams, which was produced by Gurf Morlix. The single "Changed the Locks," about a broken relationship, received radio play around the country and gained fans among music insiders, including Tom Petty, who would later cover the song.
Its follow-up, Sweet Old World (Chameleon, 1992), also produced by Morlix, was a melancholy album dealing with themes of suicide and death. Williams' biggest success during the early 1990s was as a songwriter. Mary Chapin Carpenter recorded a cover of "Passionate Kisses" (from Lucinda Williams) in 1992, and the song became a smash country hit for which Williams received the Grammy Award for Best Country Song in 1994 (Chapin also received a Grammy for her performance of the song). She duetted with Steve Earle on the song "You're Still Standin' There" from his album I Feel Alright. In 1991, the song "Lucinda Williams" appeared on Vic Chesnutt's album West of Rome.
Williams had garnered considerable critical acclaim, but her commercial success was moderate. Emmylou Harris said of Williams, "She is an example of the best of what country at least says it is, but, for some reason, she's completely out of the loop and I feel strongly that that's country music's loss." Harris recorded the title track from Williams's Sweet Old World for her career-redefining 1995 album, Wrecking Ball.
Williams also gained a reputation as a perfectionist and slow worker when it came to recording; six years would pass before her next album release, though she appeared as a guest on other artists' albums and contributed to several tribute compilations during this period.
Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
The long-awaited release, 1998's Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, was Williams' breakthrough into the mainstream and received a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album. Containing the single "Still I Long for Your Kiss" from the Robert Redford film The Horse Whisperer, the album received wide critical notice and soon went gold. The single "Can't Let Go" also enjoyed considerable crossover radio play. Williams toured with Bob Dylan and on her own in support of the album. An expanded edition of the album, including three additional studio recordings and a second CD documenting a 1998 concert, was released in 2006.
In 1999, Williams appeared on Return of the Grievous Angel: A Tribute to Gram Parsons, duetting with David Crosby on the title track of the tribute album.
Williams followed up the success of Car Wheels with Essence (2001). This release featured a less produced, more down-tuned approach both musically and lyrically, and moved Williams further from the country music establishment while winning fans in the alternative music world. She won the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for the single "Get Right With God", an atypically uptempo gospel-rock tune from the otherwise rather low-key release. The title track includes a contribution on Hammond organ by alternative country musician Ryan Adams.
Her seventh album, World Without Tears, was released in 2003. A musically adventurous though lyrically downbeat album, this release found Williams experimenting with talking blues stylings and electric blues.
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In 2006, Williams recorded a version of the John Hartford classic "Gentle On My Mind", which played over the closing credits of the Will Ferrell film Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.
Williams was a guest vocalist on the song "Factory Girls" from Irish punk-folk band Flogging Molly's 2004 album, "Within a Mile of Home", and appeared on Elvis Costello's The Delivery Man. She sings with folk legend Ramblin' Jack Elliott on the track "Careless Darling" from his 2006 release "I Stand Alone".
In 2007, Williams released West, for which she wrote more than 27 songs. The album was released on February 13, 2007. It addresses her mother's death and a tumultuous relationship break-up. Vanity Fair praised it, saying "Lucinda Williams has made the record of a lifetime – part Hank Williams, part Bob Dylan, part Keith Richards circa Exile on Main St. ..."
In the fall of 2007, Williams announced an unprecedented series of shows in Los Angeles and New York. Playing five nights in each city, it was the first time a major artist would perform her entire catalog on consecutive nights. These albums include the self titled Lucinda Williams, Sweet Old World, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, Essence, and World Without Tears. Since these shows, other artists have imitated this idea in different variations, but to date no else has accomplished this exact feat. Each night also featured a second set with special guest stars. Some of the many special guests included Steve Earle, Allison Moorer, Mike Campbell, Greg Dulli, E, Ann Wilson, Emmylou Harris, David Byrne, David Johansen, Yo La Tengo, John Doe, Chuck Prophet, Jim Lauderdale and Shelby Lynne. In addition, each night's album set was recorded and made available to the attendees that night. These live recordings are currently available on her website and at her shows.
In the spring of 2008, it was announced that the next album from Lucinda Williams wrapped recording in March. The new album is titled Little Honey and was released on October 14. It includes 13 new songs - among them, "Real Love" and "Little Rock Star," the latter inspired by music celebrities in the press, like Pete Doherty and Amy Winehouse. "Little Honey" also includes a cover of AC/DC's "Long Way to the Top" and "Rarity," inspired by singer-songwriter Mia Doi Todd.Gamboa, Glenn. . PopMatters. October 13, 2008.
In July 2008, though "Little Honey" had yet to be released, Paste magazine.com listened to an advance copy and rated the duet between Williams and Elvis Costello on the song "Jailhouse Tears" as the #5 all time greatest country/rock duets.
Williams released a cover of Shel Silverstein's famous song "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan" in June 2010 as part of the Twistable, Turnable Man tribute album.
Her recent concert appearance at the Catalyst, Santa Cruz, contained an announcement by the city's mayor that September 6 would henceforth be Lucinda Williams Day.
Engagement and Marriage
In 2006, Williams announced her engagement to former Universal Music Group/Fontana Dist. music executive Tom Overby. Although she first told reporters the marriage would take place that year, she still described Overby as her fiancé in 2008. Professionally, Overby became her manager in May 2007.Tom Overby Overby also co-produced "Little Honey".
On September 18, 2009, Williams performed at First Avenue in Minneapolis and married Overby on stage in front of her fans before her encore.
On September 19–20, 2010, Williams performed at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Her father Miller Williams was in attendance and opened the September 19th show with remarks and poetry. The reason for the special shows, announced just days before, is unknown. The show dates do correspond to the 1 year anniversary of her reported marriage.
David Lee Powell petition
Williams's website featured a petition by Amnesty International to stop the execution of David Lee Powell in Texas. Powell was convicted in 1978 for the shooting death of 26 year old Austin police officer Ralph Ablanedo during a traffic stop. He was tried twice since the death penalty came in to effect and was sentenced to death both times, in 1991 and 1999. Powell was executed by lethal injection on June 15, 2010. Williams's website stated it was cruel and unusual punishment for Powell to serve a life sentence and be executed afterwards. She wrote a song in honor of Ablanedo and stated that the proceeds would be donated to Ablanedo's family.
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*2005 - Lucinda Williams - Live from Austin, TX
*11 Nov 2008 Lucinda Williams—Live From Austin TX ’89: her 13 Oct 1989 appearance on Austin City Limits (65 minutes):
(all songs composed by Williams except as noted)
1. Big Red Sun Blues
2. Wild and Blue
3. Am I Too Blue
4. Crescent City
5. Nothing in Rambling
6. The Night's Too Long
8.I Just Want To See You So Bad
9. Side of the Road
10. Price to Pay
12. Something About What Happens When We Talk
13. Passionate Kisses
14. Changed the Locks
15. Happy Woman Blues
*1988 - Various Artists -- "Dark Side of Life" on A Town South of Bakersfield, Vols. 1 & 2
*1990 - Various Artists -- "Which Will" on True Voices
*1990 - The Band of Blacky Ranchette -- "Burning Desire" on Sage Advice
*1992 - David Rodriguez -- "Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos)" on The True Cross
*1993 - Various Artists -- "Pancakes" on Born to Choose
*1993 - Various Artists -- "Main Road" on Sweet Relief: A Benefit for Victoria Williams
*1993 - Jimmie Dale Gilmore -- "Reunion" on Spinning Around the Sun
*1993 - Michael Fracasso -- "Door #1" on Love & Trust
*1994 - Various Artists -- "You Don't Have Very Far to Go" on Tulare Dust: A Songwriter's Tribute to Merle Haggard
*1994 - Various Artists -- "Positively 4th Street" on In Their Own Words, Vol. 1 - Live Performances from the Bottom Line, New York City
*1994 - Julian Dawson -- "How Can I Sleep Without You" on How Human Hearts Behave
*1994 - Lisa Mednick -- "A Different Sky" on Artifacts Of Love
*1995 - Terry Allen -- "Room to Room" and "Black to Black" from Human Remains
*1995 - Kieran Kane -- "This Dirty Little Town" on Dead Rekoning
*1995 - Chris Gaffney -- "Cowboys to Girls" on Loser's Paradise
*1996 - Various Artists -- "The Night's Too Long" on Lone Star: Original Soundtrack from the Film
*1996 - Steve Earle -- "You're Still Standing There" on I Feel Alright
*1997 - RB Morris -- "Glory Dreams" on Take That Ride
*1997 - Ray Wylie Hubbard -- "The Ballad of the Crimson Kings" on Dangerous Spirits
*1997 - Donnie Fritts -- "Breakfast in Bed" on Everybody's Got a Song
*1997 - Bo Ramsey -- "Desert Flower" on In the Weeds
*1998 - Hayseed -- "Precious Memories" and "Credo" on Melic
*1998 - Robbie Fulks -- "Pretty Little Poison" on Let's Kill Saturday Night
*1998 - Various Artists -- "Here in California" on Treasures Left Behind: Remembering Kate Wolf
*1998 - Nanci Griffith -- "Wings of a Dove" on Other Voices, Too (A Trip Back to Bountiful)
*1998 - Various Artists -- "Come to Me Baby" on Wolf Tracks: A Tribute to Howlin' Wolf
*1999 - Leftover Salmon -- "Lines Around Your Eyes" on The Nashville Sessions
*1999 - Various Artists -- "Return of the Grievous Angel" with David Crosby on Return of the Grievous Angel: Tribute to Gram Parsons
*1999 - John Prine -- "Wedding Bells"/"Let's Turn Back The Years" on In Spite of Ourselves
*1999 - Little Milton -- "Love Hurts" on Welcome to Little Milton
*1999 - Evie Sands -- "Cool Blues Story" on Women in Prison
*1999 - Chip Taylor -- "Through Their Mother's Eyes" and "If I Don't Know Love" on Seven Days in May...a love story
*1999 - Bonepony -- "Sweet Bye and Bye" on Traveler's Companion
*2000 - Sue Foley -- "Empty Cup" (harmony vocals) on Love Comin' Down
*2000 - Kevin Gordon -- "Down to the Well on Down to the Well
*2000 - Chip Taylor -- "Head First", "Annie on Your Mind" and "The Ghost of Phil Sinclair" on The London Sessions Bootleg
*2001 - Kasey Chambers -- "On a Bad Day" on Barricades & Brickwalls
*2001 - Matthew Ryan -- "Devastation" on Concussion
*2001 - Various Artists -- "Cold, Cold Heart" on Timeless: Hank Williams Tribute
*2001 - Ralph Stanley and Friends -- "Farther Along" on Clinch Mountain Sweethearts
*2001 - Various Artists -- "Nothin'" on A Tribute to Townes Van Zandt
*2001 - Chip Taylor -- "Could I Live with This" and "The Ship" on Black and Blue America
*2001 - Various Artists -- "Angels Laid Him Away" on Avalon Blues: A Tribute to the Music of Mississippi John Hurt
*2002 - Various Artists -- "Lately" on Going Driftless: An Artist's Tribute to Greg Brown
*2003 - Various Artists -- "Hang Down Your Head" on Crossing Jordan - Original Soundtrack
*2003 - Terri Binion -- "GayleAnne" (harmony vocal) on Fool
*2003 - Various Artists -- "Hard Times Killing Floor Blues" on Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: The Soul of a Man
*2003 - Colin Linden -- "Don't Tell Me" on Big Mouth
*2004 - Graham Parker -- Your Country
*2004 - Flogging Molly -- "Factory Girls" on Within a Mile of Home
*2004 - Elvis Costello -- "There's a Story in Your Voice" on The Delivery Man
*2004 - Willie Nelson -- "Overtime" on It Always Will Be
*2004 - Various Artists -- "Pyramid of Tears" on Por Vida - A Tribute to the Songs of Alejandro Escovedo
*2004 - Various Artists -- "Down to the Well" with Kevin Gordon on No Depression: What It Sounds Like, Vol. 1
*2004 - Tony Joe White -- "Closing In on the Fire" on The Heroines
*2005 - North Mississippi Allstars -- "Hurry Up Sunrise" on Electric Blue Watermelon
*2006 - Tim Easton -- "Back to the Pain" on Ammunition
*2006 - Ramblin' Jack Elliott -- "Careless Darling" on I Stand Alone
*2006 - P.F. Sloan -- "Sins of a Family" on Sailover
*2006 - John Brannen -- "A Cut So Deep" on Twilight Tattoo
*2006 - Anne McCue -- Koala Motel
*2006 - Various Artists -- "Bonnie Portmore" on Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys
*2006 - Doug Pettibone -- "Two of Us" and "She Belongs to Me" on The West Gate
*2007 - Various Artists -- "Honey Chile" on Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino
*2007 - John Platania -- "In Memory of Zapata" on Blues, Waltzes & Badland Borders
*2008 - Various Artists -- "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" on The Imus Ranch Record
*2008 - Carrie Rodriguez -- Mask Of Moses on "She Ain't Me"
*2009 - Susan Marshall -- "Don't Let Me Down" on Little Red
*2009 - Various Artists -- "Positively 4th Street" on The Village: A Celebration Of The Music Of Greenwich Village
*2009 - M. Ward -- "Oh Lonesome Me" on Hold Time
*2010 - Various Artists -- "Kiss Like Your Kiss" w/ Elvis Costello on True Blood - Music From The HBO Original Series Volume 2
*2010 - Various Artists -- "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan" on Twistable, Turnable Man: A Musical Tribute to the Songs of Shel Silverstein
*2010 - Jimmy Webb -- "Galveston" on Just Across The River
*2010 - Various Artists -- Performed on the song "Somebody Somewhere (Don't Know What He's Missin' Tonight)" from Coal Miner's Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn (2010).
*2011 - Over the Rhine (band) -- "Undamned" on The Long Surrender
*2011 - Michael Monroe -- "Gone, Baby Gone" on Sensory Overdrive
Awards and nominations
The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States for outstanding achievements in the record industry. Williams has received three awards from 14 nominations.
*Music of Austin
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