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LUCINDA WILLIAMS' CLASSIC CAR WHEELS ON A GRAVEL ROAD REMASTERED AND EXPANDED FOR 2-CD DELUXE EDITION WITH COMPLETE PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED 1998 CONCERT AND MORE
With a new Lucinda Williams album this fall, her most rapturously acclaimed and best-selling album to date receives the expanded Deluxe Edition treatment. The two-CD Car Wheels On A Gravel Road - Deluxe Edition (Mercury/Lost Highway/UMe), released October 24, 2006, adds a pair of previously unreleased studio tracks plus an alternate version of "Still I Long For Your Kiss" heard in The Horse Whisperer and an entire previously unreleased 1998 live performance to a newly remastered edition of the singer-songwriter's most celebrated and beloved album.
Six years since her previous album, 1998's long-anticipated Car Wheels On A Gravel Road was worth the wait. The 13-song collection's passionate, sharply detailed accounts of love, loss and longing were matched by the deceptively laid-back intensity of Williams' performances and those of guest artists that included Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Charlie Sexton, Jim Lauderdale, Buddy Miller and the E Street Band's Roy Bittan. Topping many year-end critics polls and landing Williams her first gold record, the album also won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album, despite being her least folkish work. A masterwork of roots rock woven through with folk, honky-tonk country and blues, the album (her fifth) marked her artistic and commercial breakthrough after a near 20-year recording career.
Augmenting the original album on Disc One are two outtakes from the album's initial 1995 Austin sessions--the Williams original "Out Of Touch" (which she would re-record for 2001's Essence) and a stripped-down reading of the 1920s blues classic "Down The Big Road Blues"--and the alternate "Still I Long For Your Kiss."
Disc Two captures a spirited live performance, recorded July 11, 1998 at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia for WXPN's "Live At The World Café" radio show. Featuring Williams' then-current touring band, the set encompasses nine numbers from Car Wheels On A Gravel Road (the title track, "Metal Firecracker," "Right In Time," "Drunken Angel," "Greenville" "Still I Long For Your Kiss," "2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten," "Can't Let Go" and "Changed The Locks") and four earlier favorites ("Pineola," "Something About What Happens When We Talk," "Joy" and "Hot Blood"). The concert as well as the Disc One bonus tracks have also been newly digitally remastered.
What was said of Car Wheels On A Gravel Road in 1998 is still true today: "In a world inundated with cookie-cutter, Lilith-ready wimps," wrote Entertainment Weekly, "there's enough gravel on Williams' wheels to fill a West Texas dump truck."
Something New From Jerry Mac & Friends
I have something going on that just might interest you very much. In addition to my other shows, I am now doing shows at www.paltalk.com in a room called "Jerry Mac and Friends". I thought you might want to participate. This is just like going to a real live show with your friends. You got to check it out to even believe it. You not only get to hear good country, bluegrass, & gospel flavored music, but you can even interact with others in the room. If you are familiar with any instant messenger, this will be simple for you. First, you need to go to www.paltalk.com & download their messenger. You can do this for free or you can get the paid version if you prefer. After you download the PalTalk messenger, you go to "Rooms" - "music" - "country" - "Jerry Mac & Friends". Click on "Jerry Mac & Friends" and you will be in our room. Let me know when you are there by text messenging me through the messenger. Now, you may go there sometimes and not see the room, "Jerry Mac & Friends", becasues we are not open 24 hours a day, yet. When we are closed our show will not show up for you to click on. Our definite open regular hours that you will find me there for sure is Wed, Fri, Sat, & Sun from 4 Pm to 8:30 PM Eastern time. Every Friday I showcase an artist in the room at 6:30 PM Eastern time. Jan 12th: Singer/Songwriter Morris P. Rainville - Jan 19th: Singer/Songwriter Clay Pierce - Jan 26th: Valerie Lynn -Feb 2nd: A variety of Singer/Songwriters from Miranda Star Opry - Feb 9th: Hack Martin - Feb 16th Suzie Merwine.
I sure hope you will join us,
Hello visitors. I'm Jerry Mac, the editor.
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