This is really not a musician birthday blog, but the ever-changing celebrants offer a good reason to rotate who I feature. Yesterday was Lucinda Williams‘ birthday and I meant to post this but then I got lazy, what with all the uploading, the picture-finding. Whew. So today, here is a festive salute to the “agony aunt” of today’s alt-country/americana blues sound.
I am not super-familiar yet with her work, I think I downloaded this track off someone’s celebrity playlist on iTunes. Can’t recall. But she is really great, and this track showcases her unique voice and rough gravelly sound. It is a pitch-perfect, rollicking wrencher about having a bit of trouble recognizing the end of a relationship, off her perfectly-descriptively titled 1998 album Car Wheels On A Gravel Road. As one reviewer says of the album, “the entire Deep South is reduced to a sleepy small town filled with ex-lovers, dive bars, and endless gravel roads.”
There is some *delicious* slide guitar (I think you have to say gee-tar with this one) throughout in the vein of Ben Harper, and a leg-slappin’, toe-tappin’ beat. Stand up and listen to this and if you can be still throughout, then I think your rhythm-appreciator-thingie is broken.
“Can’t Let Go” – Lucinda Williams