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New Lucinda Williams
Lucinda Williams, The Ghosts of Highway 20 (Thirty Tigers, 2CDs, $10.98, then $16.98) – Lucinda Williams just keeps getting better. After releasing the 2-CD set, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone, in late 2014, she’s released another double-CD set of powerful new songs. Autobiographical themes tied to Highway 20 (running from Georgia to Texas) suffuse the album, as well as songs in homage to her late father, poet Miller Williams (“Louisiana Story” and “If There’s a Heaven” are prime examples). Lucinda sings the dirges, blues, gospel, and defiant love anthems (“Bitter Memory”) with slow-burning fire. Ms Williams also sets to music a portion of Woody Guthrie’s lyric, “House of Earth,” and inhabits Bruce Springsteen’s “Factory.”
There is superb “dueling-guitars” support from Bill Frisell and Greg Leisz (who are also on Charles Lloyd’s new CD) playing with Lucinda’s rhythm section of David Sutton on bass and Butch Norton on drums. Highly recommended.
The first pressing of the CD was offered to independent stores to sell at the low price of $10.98.
Also, Lucinda’s label sent FREE T-SHIRTS as an added bonus for the first customers who buy her CD.
A Tribute to DC Music
Eric Brace & Peter Cooper, The C & O Canal (Red Beet Records, $15.98) – Eric Brace had his formative music experiences growing up around Washington—going to the weekly Seldom Scene gigs at the old Birchmere, going to shows at Gallaghers (with open mic nights hosted by Mary Chapin Carpenter), Desperado’s, the Red Fox Inn, the Cellar Door, the Childe Harold, Mr. Henry’s; reading the Unicorn Times; or listening to WHFS, or WAMU’s bluegrass DJs. Eric later wrote about music for the Washington Post, then moved to Nashville as musician (with the group, Last Train Home, creating the musical, Hangtown Dancehall, and producing the great Jerry Lawson CD last year). In Nashville, he met Peter Cooper, who also happened to spend his high school years in DC, and also made the pilgrimage to the Birchmere, and heard those same tunes.
The C & O Canal is a wonderful tribute to that DC music scene, with Eric and Peter’s versions of songs by John Starling (of the Seldom Scene), Mary Chapin Carpenter, Joe Triplett (of the Rosslyn Mountain Boys), Alice Gerard, and Virginia bluesman John Jackson, among others.
Signed CD Raffle: Cyrille Aimée
Cyrille Aimée, Let’s Get Lost (Mack Avenue Records, $16.98) – Jazz vocalist Cyrille Aimée has a light, bright voice and her personality shines through, especially on up-tempo material. She was a finalist at the 2010 Monk Vocal Competition, and now has the perfect accompanists in her Django-inspired, duel-guitar-led quartet. For her second CD, she leads off with the Sondheim number, “Live Alone and Like It,” dips back to the 1930s with “Three Little Words” and “There’s a Lull in My Life,” and sings two songs associated with Chet Baker. She also sings two French, one in Spanish, and includes some originals as well.
NOTE: Ms Aimée will be performing at the Mid Atlantic Jazz Festival in Rockville on Februrary 12
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Buddy Miller & Friends, Cayamo Sessions at Sea (New West Records, $13.98) – For the last nine years, a cruise ship has left from Miami with the finest singers and songwriters in folk, country, and “Americana”—and their many fans—on the Cayamo Cruise. Guitarist and producer Buddy Miller recorded some iconic songs with guests to compile Cayamo Sessions at Sea. Some of the memorable performances include a transformative rendition of “Wild Horses” by Shawn Colvin, Lucinda Williams on “Hickory Wind,” Lee Ann Womack on “After the Fire is Gone,” Nikki Lane on “Just Someone I Used to Know,” Richard Thompson taking on “Wedding Bells,” and Kacey Musgraves on “Love’s Gonna Live Here.” Other songs feature Kris Kristofferson, Brandi Carlile with Lone Bellow, Elizabeth Cook, Jill Andrews, and Doug Seegers.