March 5, 2016
Lucinda Williams "I'm next of kin to all the ghosts of Highway 20," Lucinda Williams sings on the title song of her new album, articulating the main theme for the two-CD set inspired by her native South. After starting out four decades ago in the blues and going on to become the queen of Americana, the 62-year-old Williams here distills all her roots influences into a sound that, with few exceptions ("Doors of Heaven," "Bitter Memory") is not recognizably blues, country, or folk, but remains spellbinding - a natural extension of her earlier work that also stakes out some new territory.
October 16, 2015 |
With 2014's Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone , Lucinda Williams put her roots country-rocking money where her mouth has long been and released an album on a label of her own, Highway 20 Records. Her robust lyricism, blunt musicality, and distinctly rusty vocal tones have put her in a league of her own since 1979's Ramblin' on My Mind . Frankly, Williams never did sound like any other alt-country presence, as she proved once more on Tuesday night at Theatre of Living Arts.
October 16, 2015 |
With 2014's Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone , tousle-haired Lucinda Williams put her roots country-rocking money where her mouth has long been and released an album on a label of her own, Highway 20 Records. Her robust lyricism, blunt musicality and distinctly rusty vocal tones have put her in a league of her own since 1979's Ramblin' on My Mind . Frankly, Williams never did sound like any other alterna-country presence, a fact she proved once more on Tuesday night at Theatre of Living Arts.
November 17, 2014 |
Lucinda Williams is matchless in her ability to put elusive emotions into words. In "Changed the Locks," which showed up near the end of her two-hour set at the Scottish Rite Auditorium in Collingswood on Saturday night, she turned the bad-blood end of a relationship into a creation myth; after locking her ex out in the cold, the song's protagonist moves train tracks and renames towns to hide her path, simultaneously exulting in her own power and admitting...
January 21, 2013
Pop Various Artists West of Memphis: Voices of Justice (Legacy **1/2) This collection is inspired by the trials of Damien Echols, Jesse Misskelley Jr., and Jason Baldwin, the Arkansas men known as the West Memphis 3. They were freed in 2011 after spending more than 18 years in prison on murder charges - in a case in which their love of heavy metal music was used as evidence against them. The 15-track CD accompanies Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh's West of Memphis , the fourth documentary made in protest against the unjust treatment of the three.
August 18, 2012
Film New this week: Sparkle *** This remake, which shifts the action from 1950s Harlem to 1960s Detroit, is notable for many reasons, chief among them that it marks the last movie appearance of Whitney Houston. She plays Emma, the strict single mother of three daughters who make a splash as a Supremes-like trio. If you're like me, you'll lose it when Houston takes uneasy flight with "His Eye Is on the Sparrow. " Directed by Salim Akil (maker of the sprightly Jumping the Broom )
May 16, 2012 |
He looks as studly, dewy-fresh and baby-faced as the day he modeled his sparking-white briefs in 1983's Risky Business. It's hard to believe that Tom Cruise, who turns 50 in July, has never had a nip, tuck, lift or lipo in his life. "I haven't, and I never would," Tom tells Playboy on the set of his next sci-fi blockbuster, Oblivion. Of wifey Katie Holmes, he says: "Everything she does, she does with this beautiful creativity," says Tom. "She's funny and charming, and when she walks into the room, I just feel better.
April 20, 2012 |
MUSIC Lady of Mystery Matching her haunted, tremulous voice to darkly poetic, dramatic songs of the country-rock persuasion, Megan Reilly casts an enchanting spell. There's some sonic kinship to Lucinda Williams and Emmylou Harris, though Reilly seems more forceful and spirit-shaking. It's an impression enhanced on her new album ("The Well") by the rocking/tremulous guitarists James Mastro and Lenny Kaye and, in her mellower mode, by a fingerpicking/singing John Wesley Harding, whom Reilly's opening for Friday night.
October 4, 2011 |
WE'RE GOING to the country, grooving on jazz, bringing home the folk and buzz-bombing Athens, Ga., in this week's new releases roundup. COUNTY CAPERS: 85-years-young Tony Bennett has just scored his first-ever No. 1 Billboard album with "Duets II. " Now wouldn't it be swell if outlaw country icon Merle Haggard could enjoy a similar tribute/payday with his new set, "Working In Tennessee" (Vanguard, B+) ? The 74-year-old lung-cancer survivor sounds in growly good voice and keeps the tempo lively, with lotsa swinging country-jazz licks and even a side trip into frothy Caribbean waters on the Jimmy Buffet-styled "Down on the Houseboat.
June 29, 2003 |
About a year ago, Karen Gross left her boyfriend's house, unsettled about the relationship, afraid she would be hurt if she allowed herself to fall in love. On the way home, she stopped in a parking lot, grabbed some notepaper and started writing. "Want to see the pages?" she said, rummaging through the piano bench at her family home. "I keep everything like a pack rat. " The neatly handwritten words connected by squiggles and arrows came together as "Break Up With Me, Baby," the third track on her debut CD, Navigating, which was released this month.