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Through the Lens

Focusing on the finest roots music photography

Amos lives in West Virginia, where he works with Mountain Stage and takes stunning photographs of live music performances.

Through the Lens

Focusing on the finest roots music photography

Amos lives in West Virginia, where he works with Mountain Stage and takes stunning photographs of live music performances.

Thirty Years With Lucinda Williams

That shot of Lu with Chrissie Hynde is pretty amazing. Thanks Amos!

Great piece, Amos. A "full review" of Ghosts may be superfluous. I have Car Wheels and Essence as #1 and a close #2 on my Lucinda top ten, so I'm really looking forward to hearing the new album. Love Brian Blauser's shot from '92.

Really engaging piece, Amos. I particularly appreciated a bit of the backstory that I wasn't so familiar with (references to Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell). I've been spending (more) time with Where the Spirit Meets the Bone and revisiting the older CDs, esp. West, which is one of my favorites. Thanks again. I look forward to spending time with Ghosts.

Damned inspired writing Amos...not that Lucinda really needs it, but you made me want to get Ghosts immediately...I will...

 

Nice pics too...

Thanks for this Amos - Good stuff. 

I'm impressed you've seen her so many times.  I've only seen her live one and half times but must admit I came away disappointed.  

The first time I saw her it was supposed to be outdoor show but was moved indoors due to rain.   She opened with an especially languid version of "Fruits of My Labor", one of my favs, but definitely not an opener.   The rest of the show was equally spacey with no rhythm or excitement and Lucinda didn't seem to want to be there.  It was 105 in the arena so I chalked up the poor showing to the venue change.

Last year, I went to the Toronto Urban Roots Festival (NQ Arbuckle, Lucinda, Wilco, Cake, and Edward Sharpe) and it rained again so I missed some of Lucinda's set.   I'm not sure how many songs she played before I got back to the show (I only caught the last three) but again, she seemed uninspired.   She did a cover of "Should I Stay or Should I go" (a song I don't need to hear the Clash play) and followed it up with  a version of "Rockin in the Free World" where she was essentially reciting the lyrics off an IPAD.  I think her body of work is sufficient where she doesn't need to close with two covers.

I'll see her again.   Lucinda's music is sublime and a lot of people like you whose opinions I respect rave about her live.   But I'm still waiting for a taste of what everyone else has experienced.     

   

I picked up the album and on first listen(s) I have to say it just isn't grabbing me.  I'm not a fan of the slurring rather than singing she's adopted over the last few albums. Maybe it'll grow on me but I get the feeling at 14 tracks it could use some editing and that maybe a spouse isn't the person to do that. It could use a dose of Gurf (although I know that isn't gonna happen).

I agree with you Hal about her slurring instead of singing. It's a good thing the lyrics are usually printed for her CDs or I would have no idea what she is saying. Nevertheless, I still enjoy her and keep buying whatever she releases but I do wish she would enunciate but perhaps that's just become part of her style. I have this new release and like it but can't really say I think it is her best.