Wednesday, 1 October 2014

The Music - Lucinda Williams blasts out "Something Wicked This Way Comes"






The godmother of Alt-country /Americana, Lucinda Williams and her fine band blast out the slice of southern gothica that is "Something Wicked This Way Comes."

The powerful dark song of foreboding, "Something Wicked This Way Comes" is the lead single to - and one of many highlights from - Lucinda's wonderful new double-album “Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone”.

       
Unexpectedly ending one of her multi-year silences with a double album, Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone is Lucinda's most ambitious release to date and finds her tapping deep into her southern roots and heritage for this double album.

She's sure got a big batch of new stuff here - in interviews, she says she recorded many more than the 20 songs included here and feels they form a unified statement.

Of the Album Williams says .... 
“I didn’t set out to do a whole album of country-soul, but once I started working, a stylistic thread kind of emerged,” she says. “It’s a sound I can relate to, one that’s really immediate and really timeless at the same time — kind of sad in an indefinable way. It’s like something my dad said to me many years ago, something I wrote down and included in my song “Temporary Nature (Of Any Precious Thing)” because it was so profound to me — ‘the saddest joys are the richest ones.’ I think that fits this album really well.”




This is a personal milestone for Williams as it marks the first time she has composed music for one of her father’s poems, and it is from that song that the album title was taken.

The album also features a cover of JJ Cale’s “Magnolia.”

“Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone” features performances by an array of acclaimed artists including guitarists Bill Frisell and Tony Joe White, Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan, Elvis Costello’s rhythm section of Pete Thomas (drums) and Davey Faragaher (bass) and Wallflowers guitarist Stuart Mathis. 

Jakob Dylan adds harmony vocals on “It’s Gonna Rain” while Williams’ longtime rhythm section of Butch Norton (drums) and David Sutton (bass) also contribute.




The twenty + songs were recorded off and on between September of 2013 through March of 2014.

Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone was produced by Tom Overby, Greg Leisz and Lucinda Williams. It was recorded and mixed by Dave Bianco and mastered by Joe Gastwirt.
















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