Not much is known about Lucinda Williams, except that she has been a profound influence on other country-rock performers, such as Mary Chapin Carpenter, and is admired by many of her contemporaries.
She really does have an almost unique voice; while it can sound quite abrasive at times, it reaches into your soul, especially during the more melancholy moments.
'Car Wheels On A Gravel Road' is a rock album, a country album, and a folk album, and is an even more enjoyable concept than you might imagine. It's a wonderful 'driving' album; I'd say it was almost essential in the car, particularly in summer. For poetry fans, look no further than the lyrics here; Williams is a storyteller too, and it brings a whole new world to life. This makes it a true folk album - by the end you'll feel like you know these characters.
'Lake Charles' takes you to, well, Lake Charles, Louisiana, Williams' home town. On 'Drunken Angel' you can picture that 'derelict in your duct tape shoes'. After hearing 'Greenville', with a wonderful harmony vocal by Emmylou Harris, you will want to go there, along with the beau Williams is trying to extricate from her memory.
Amongst all the pain and anguish - and there is plenty - there is even humour; 'I think I lost it, let me know if you come across it, let me know if I let it fall along a back road somewhere' goes the chorus, proving that the human spirit will always rise again.
This is a must have for any serious music fan and aficionado. One final warning; once this album is in your blood, it will NEVER leave...