Lucinda Williams Biography, Age, Height, Car Wheels On A Gravel Road, Net Worth, Career

Lucinda Williams Biography

Lucinda Williams is an American rock, folk, blues, and country music singer, songwriter and a musician. Williams was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana to professor Miller Williams and Lucille Fern. professor Miller Williams was a poet and literature and Lucille Fern was an amateur pianist. Williams’s parents divorced in the mid-1960s. Williams’s father gained custody of her and her younger brother, Robert Miller, and sister, Karyn Elizabeth. She has spina bifida.
Her father worked as a visiting professor in Mexico and different parts of the United States, including Baton Rouge; New Orleans; Jackson, Mississippi; and Utah before settling at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Williams never graduated from high school but was accepted into the University of Arkansas. Williams started writing when she was 6 years old and showed an affinity for music at an early age, and was playing guitar at 12. Williams’s first live performance was in Mexico City at 17, as part of a duo with her friend, a banjo player named Clark Jones.
She recorded her first albums in 1978 and 1980 in a traditional country and blues style and received very little attention from radio, the media, or the public. In 1988, she released her self-titled album, Lucinda Williams. This release featured “Passionate Kisses,” a song later recorded by Mary Chapin Carpenter, which garnered Williams her first Grammy Award for Best Country Song in 1994.
In 1992, Williams recorded and released only one other album in the next several years, Sweet Old World. Her commercial breakthrough came in 1998 with Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, an album presenting a broader scope of songs that fused rock, blues, country and Americana into a distinctive style that remained consistent and commercial in sound. Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, which includes the Grammy nominated track “Can’t Let Go”, became Williams’ greatest commercial success to date.
The album was certified Gold by the RIAA and earned Williams a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album, while being universally acclaimed by critics. Williams released the critically acclaimed Essence three years later, and the album also became a commercial success. One of the album’s tracks, “Get Right With God,” earned Williams the Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance in 2002.
She has released a string of albums since that have earned her more critical acclaim and commercial success. She has won 3 Grammy Awards, from 15 nominations, and received 2 Americana Awards, from 12 nominations. Additionally, Williams ranked No. 97 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Women in Rock & Roll in 1998, and was named “America’s best songwriter” by Time magazine in 2002.

Lucinda Williams Age And Height

She was born on 26 January 1953 in Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States. She is 66 years old as of 2019. She stands at 5 feet 5 inches.

Lucinda Williams Spouse

Williams got briefly married to Long Ryders drummer Greg Sowders during the 1980s. She later got married to Tom Overby in September 2009. Tom Overby is an an executive from Best Buy’s music department. He is also her manager. The marriage ceremony was performed on stage by her father.

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Lucinda Williams Net Worth

She has an estimated net worth of $15 million.

Lucinda Williams Car Wheels On A Gravel Road

Williams released the long-awaited release, 1998’s Car Wheels on a Gravel Road. This was her breakthrough into the mainstream. The album received a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album. The album contained the single “Still I Long for Your Kiss” from the Robert Redford film The Horse Whisperer. It received wide critical notice and soon went gold. The single “Can’t Let Go” enjoyed considerable crossover radio play.
Williams toured with Bob Dylan, the Allman Brothers and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and on her own in support of the album. An expanded edition of the album, including three additional studio recordings and a second CD documenting a 1998 concert, was released in 2006.
Williams appeared on Return of the Grievous Angel, in 1999. It was a Tribute to Gram Parsons, duetting with David Crosby on the title track of the tribute album. She followed up the success of Car Wheels with Essence. This release features a less produced, more down-tuned approach both musically and lyrically, and moved Williams further from the country music establishment while winning fans in the alternative music world.
She won the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for the single “Get Right with God,” an atypically uptempo gospel-rock tune from the otherwise rather low-key release. The title track includes a contribution on Hammond organ by alternative country musician Ryan Adams. In 2003, she released her seventh album, World Without Tears. A musically adventurous though lyrically downbeat album, this release found Williams experimenting with talking blues stylings and electric blues.

Lucinda Williams Career

Williams used to play publicly in Austin and Houston, Texas, in her early 20s. She concentreted on a folk-rock-country blend. In 1978, she moved to Jackson, Mississippi, to record her first album, for Smithsonian/Folkways Records. Titled Ramblin’ on My Mind. on My Mind was a collection of country and blues covers. The album title was shortened to Ramblin’ when it was reissued.
She followed it up in 1980 with Happy Woman Blues, which consisted of her own material. Neither album received much attention. Williams moved to Los Angeles in the 1980s. She was backed by a rock band and at others performing in acoustic settings, she developed a following and a critical reputation. She briefly got married to Long Ryders drummer Greg Sowders. The two had met in club. Rough Trade Records released the self-titled Lucinda Williams, which was produced by Gurf Morlix in 1988.
The single “Changed the Locks”, about a broken relationship, received radio play around the country and gained fans among music insiders, including Tom Petty, who would later cover the song. Its follow-up, Sweet Old World, also produced by Morlix, is a melancholy album dealing with themes of suicide and death. Williams’ biggest success during the early 1990s was as a songwriter. Mary Chapin Carpenter recorded a cover of “Passionate Kisses” in 1992, and the song became a smash country hit for which Williams received the Grammy Award for Best Country Song in 1994. Carpenter also received a Grammy for her performance of the song. She duetted with Steve Earle on the song “You’re Still Standin’ There” from his album I Feel Alright. In 1991, the song “Lucinda Williams” appeared on Vic Chesnutt’s album West of Rome.
Williams had garnered considerable critical acclaim, but her commercial success was moderate. Emmylou Harris said of Williams, “She is an example of the best of what country at least says it is, but, for some reason, she’s completely out of the loop and I feel strongly that that’s country music’s loss.” Harris recorded the title track from Williams’s Sweet Old World for her career-redefining 1995 album, Wrecking Ball. She also gained a reputation as a perfectionist and slow worker when it came to recording; six years would pass before her next album release, though she appeared as a guest on other artists’ albums and contributed to several tribute compilations during this period.
Williams recorded a version of the John Hartford classic “Gentle on My Mind, in 2006. The album played over the closing credits of the Will Ferrell film Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. Williams was a guest vocalist on the song “Factory Girls” from Irish punk-folk band Flogging Molly’s 2004 album, “Within a Mile of Home,” . She also appeared on Elvis Costello’s The Delivery Man. She sings with folk legend Ramblin’ Jack Elliott on the track “Careless Darling” from his 2006 release “I Stand Alone.”
Williams released West in 2007. She wrote more than 27 songs. The album was released on February 13, 2007. The album addresses her mother’s death and a tumultuous relationship break-up. It was praised by Vanity Fair, Saying, “Lucinda Williams has made the record of a lifetime—part Hank Williams, part Bob Dylan, part Keith Richards circa Exile on Main St. …”. Williams announced a series of shows in Los Angeles and New York in the late 2007.
She performed her entire catalog on consecutive nights by playing five nights in each city. She played albums like: self-titled Lucinda Williams, Sweet Old World, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, Essence, and World Without Tears. She also featured a a second set with special guest stars each night. Peoplle like Steve Earle, Allison Moorer, Mike Campbell, Greg Dulli, E, Ann Wilson, Emmylou Harris, David Byrne, David Johansen, Yo la Tengo, John Doe, Chuck Prophet, Jim Lauderdale and Shelby Lynne were her guests. Each night’s album set was recorded and made available to the attendees that night. The live recordings are currently available on her website and at her shows.
In March 2008, Williams wrwpped her next album: Little Honey. Little Honey was realesed on October 14 of that year. The Littlt Honey includes 13 songs. Among them are: “Real Love” and “Little Rock Star,” the latter inspired by music celebrities in the press, like Pete Doherty and Amy Winehouse. The album also includes a cover of AC/DC’s “Long Way to the Top” and “Rarity,” inspired by singer-songwriter Mia Doi Todd. Paste magazine.com listened to an advance copy and rated the duet between Williams and Elvis Costello on the song “Jailhouse Tears” as the No. 5 all-time greatest country/rock duets in 2008. By then, “Little Honey” had yet to be released.
In June 2010, Williams released a cover of Shel Silverstein’s “The Ballad of Lucy Jordan”. The cover was as part of the Twistable, Turnable Man tribute album. Williams released the album: Blessed on March 1, 2011.
Wiiliams was featured in a campaign called “30 Songs / 30 Days” to support Half the Sky in September 2012. She turned Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, a multi-platform media project inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book. Williams went on U.S. tour accompanied only by guitarist Doug Pettibone in 2012 and 2013.
Williams released her eleventh studio album, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone, the first album on her Highway 20 Records label on September 30, 2014. Williams provided backup vocals for the Don Henley song “Train in the Distance” on his album Cass County in 2015. On February 5, 2016, Williams released the album The Ghosts of Highway 20 and performed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on February 17, 2016. On June 29, 2018 Blue Note Records will release Vanished Gardens by Charles Lloyd & the Marvels which features Lucinda on five tracks. Marvels members Bill Frisell and Greg Leisz have previously worked with Williams, including on Car Wheels on a Gravel Road.
Lucinda was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music during the 2017 Commencement Concert in May 2017. Rolling Stone named Williams one of the 100 Greatest Country Artists of All Time in June. Williams re-recorded and expanded her 1992 “Sweet Old World” album, and entitled it, “This Sweet Old World” later that year.