Car Wheels on a Gravel Road

Car Wheels on a Gravel Road

by Lucinda Williams


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Lucinda Williams's music reclaims the gritty soul of Southern living from the hardening gloss of Sunbelt culture. Car Wheels on a Gravel Road was six infamous years in the making, as the singer-songwriter repeatedly rerecorded the sessions (to the exasperation of producers Steve Earle and Roy Bittan). The implications are somewhat unnerving: Only with obsessive perfectionism (a phrase that is not a redundancy here) can an honest voice emerge. But such perils are softened by the effect; Williams's songs speak with a rare directness, a visceral clarity. Despite instrumental accents from the likes of a Dobro and a mandolin, the music is bluesier than your usual No Depression recording, and it's a good match for the spunk in Williams's voice. This 1998 recording topped many critics' "best of" lists and is regarded as a better successor to Williams's 1988 classic, Lucinda Williams, than her 1992 release Sweet Old World. Ultimately, Williams is searching for higher truths, and this release suggests that although we live in desperately fettered times, grim perseverance will lead to great beauty and revelation.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/30/1998
Label: Mercury
UPC: 0731455833829
catalogNumber: 558338
Rank: 19996

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lucinda Williams   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Vocals
Emmylou Harris   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Ray Kennedy   12-string Guitar
Jim Lauderdale   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Steve Earle   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Guitar (Resonator),Vocal Harmony
Charlie Sexton   Dobro,Guitar,Electric Guitar
Roy Bittan   Organ,Accordion,Hammond Organ
John Ciambotti   Bass Guitar
Greg Leisz   Mandolin,12-string Guitar
Donald Lindley   Percussion,Drums
Gurf Morlix   Guitar,Electric Guitar,12-string Guitar,Slide Guitar
Buddy Miller   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Mando-Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Bo Ramsey   Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Johnny Lee Schell   Dobro,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Michael Smotherman   Hammond Organ

Technical Credits

Lucinda Williams   Producer
Roy Bittan   Producer,Engineer
Steve Churchyard   Engineer
Ed Thacker   Engineer
Margery Greenspan   Artwork
Twangtrust   Producer

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Car Wheels on a Gravel Road 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
since the day i heard this disk i have loved it. it spent three monts, non stop in my car. i still loveit after all this time. it is the perfect mix of roots, country, blues - lucinda's voice is real with passion and fear, loss and hope. Lucinda Williams is a song writer unlike any other. her songs are clear and from the heart...eachone showing a little more of who she is. a+++
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lucinda exhibits an emotional honesty that amazes. This is a must for all serious music fans!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
excellent songs and a great delivery
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is pretty solid, but not great. A few of her slower ballads tend to go on a bit (eg "Jackson") but the price of the alum alone is almost worth the two best songs on the CD, "Joy" a fantastic upbeat wailing sneer of a song about the man who made her unhappy, and "Can't let Go" a rollicking good old country ditty with a great chorus. Recommended.
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