Lucinda Williams Releases New Album
‘The Ghosts Of Highway 20’ out Jan 22nd
Plays Two Nights At Brooklyn Bowl Jan 22nd & 23rd
Following the acclaimed ‘Down Where The Spirits Meet the Bone’, three-time Grammy Award winner Lucinda Williams returns with her 12th studio album ‘The Ghosts of Highway 20’ released January 22nd on Highway 20/Thirty Tigers.
After 11 highly acclaimed studio albums, Williams is in the most prolific period of her nearly four-decade career (this being her second album in 18 months), as she continues to challenge herself creatively. ‘The Ghosts of Highway 20’ was co-produced by Williams, Greg Leisz and Tom Overby and recorded with Williams’ rhythm section of Butch Norton (drums) and David Sutton (bass). Guitarist Val McCallum guests on two tracks.
12 of the 14 songs were inspired by various periods and experiences throughout Williams’ life that all tie into Highway 20 (aka Interstate 20), which runs in part from Georgia to Texas, the focal region of the album. The LP features some of the most expansive and experimental arrangements Williams has ever recorded, as heard on the epic “Dust”, the chilling “If My Love Could Kill” and “House of Earth”, a lost Woody Guthrie song Williams wrote the music to.
Revered guitarists Bill Frisell and Greg Leisz provide incredible sonic textures and ethereal tones that enhance Williams’ brilliant writing and wise and weathered vocals. Williams expands her own vocal timbre with sultry jazz-styled phrasing on “I Know All About It” and the extensive improvisational track “Faith & Grace”. Williams puts her signature on a new interpretation of Bruce Springsteen’s “Factory”, and melts into the absolutely stunning “Louisiana Story” and “Place In My Heart”.
Lucinda Williams plays two London shows and a Glasgow show in January as part of a small European tour:
Wed 20th GLASGOW, Royal Concert Hall
Fri 22nd LONDON, Brooklyn Bowl
Sat 23rd LONDON, Brooklyn Bowl
At 62, Lucinda Williams’ songs are as genuine and soulful as when she began writing. She defines the word artist by never compromising her music and staying true to her muse. On ‘The Ghosts of Highway 20’, Williams shows that her creative peak still lies ahead.