Trees and fences were uprooted; the power went out. Coronavirus updates: Starting Thursday, all critical workers in L. Tracking the coronavirus in California: latest numbers Support our journalism with a subscriptionHave a question about coronavirus? Send us your questions here. You also can sign up for our newsletterSee latest photo galleryCoronavirus updates for April 21 are here. Her voice — an elixir of blues, country, folk and honey — aches with a kind of cracked incandescence, with empathy. On Wednesday, the original members of Los Angeles punk band X dropped their first new studio album in 35 years, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. For Williams, a deep attunement with her own emotions has come from a lifetime of introspection. Born in Lake Charles, La. It was a highly analytical upbringing.
With a bluesier new record, "Good Souls, Better Angels," just out, Williams tells Variety about the album's rawer sound, her raw nerves about Donald Trump, why she wrote more explicitly about domestic abuse, and the neighborliness of her new home, Nashville. By Chris Willman. Williams spoke with Variety from her new home in Nashville, the city she recently moved back to after decades in Los Angeles.
These 12 songs are tough and haunted, built on simple blues progressions that twist and pull until they fray. Williams recorded the album in Nashville with her touring band, Buick 6, in concentrated bursts, live in the studio. While her recent records have used their sprawl to navigate a wide array of styles and moods, she now finds a range that pulls her into focus. It is roots music, bursting from the ground, changing form in the light of day. Inspired by the latter experience, Williams enlisted a collaborator from that classic record, Ray Kennedy, to co-produce.
Lucinda Williams' latest album, 'Good Souls Better Angels,' finds the songwriter addressing devils both known and unknown. She stays up late, wakes up even later, and writes when the spirit moves her. She also holds on to everything: a possible lyric scribbled on a piece of paper here, a song title in a notebook there. Williams turned 67 in January, moved from L. Now, when I sit down to write, I pull that stuff out and I can refer to it. The lack of routine is treating Williams well. Her new album, Good Souls Better Angels , released last month, is her most electrifying record in years, and sprang up spontaneously during some downtime in Nashville. In between tours, she visited the studio of Ray Kennedy, who engineered her masterpiece, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road , and found herself inspired to record some songs she had written. While some past records had songs that tended to plod, leaning perhaps a little too heavily on the blues, each song on Good Souls Better Angels is determined to reach a destination.