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For the past 30 years, Lucinda Williams has channeled her perspective as a proud but vulnerable Southern female into a string of stellar albums

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For the past 30 years, Lucinda Williams has channeled her perspective as a proud but vulnerable Southern female into a string of stellar albums, each of which weave rock, country, folk and blues so tightly that each of the elements seems to disappear. Lucinda Williams (1988) was her breakthrough disc, but her magnum opus, 1998's Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, sealed the her reputation as a formidable singer-songwriter. Ruminating on disappointments, fretting over lost friends, and celebrating the subtlest of life's joys, it was an obvious masterpiece that resounds with immediacy.

The daughter of a poet father (Miller Williams) who was both college professor and Hank Williams zealot, Williams grew up listening to classic country. She was born in Louisiana, but her family relocated several times during her childhood to spots across the South, as well as Mexico City and Santiago, Chile. At 16 she discovered the writing of Southern novelist Flannery O'Connor, whom she cites as a major influence on her songwriting. Williams attended college for a short time but dropped out in 1971 to devote herself to music.

Williams signed to the Folkways label in 1978 and released her first two albums without fanfare. Between 1980 and 1988 she worked a series of odd jobs, moving in mid-decade from Austin, Texas, to L.A., where she took voice lessons to learn how to sound like Joan Baez, and married and divorced Greg Sowders of the Long Ryders. Much of the biting material on her self-titled album for the Rough Trade label dealt with her marriage. The poignancy and catchiness of Lucinda Williams marked a key turning point in Williams' career.

Rough Trade collapsed in 1991, and Chameleon released her 1992 album Sweet Old World. Relocating to Austin, then Nashville, Williams kept busy into the Nineties. In 1993 she contributed a track to Sweet Relief, the benefit album for singer Victoria Williams (no relation), who suffers from multiple sclerosis, and lent her signature vocals to "Reunion" on Jimmie Dale Gilmore's Spinning Around the Sun. Williams' songs have also been covered by others: Patty Loveless scored a Top Ten country hit with "The Night's Too Long," Mary-Chapin Carpenter recorded a Grammy-winning version of her "Passionate Kisses," and Tom Petty's recording of Williams' "Change the Locks" appears on the soundtrack to the 1996 movie She's the One.

In 1994, after Chameleon folded, Williams briefly joined Rick Rubin's roster at American Recordings. That deal fell through, and although she was constantly working on new material in and out of the studio, it would be another four years before an album would materialize. Meanwhile, there was considerable discussion in the press about the extent to which Williams' perfectionist tendencies might be hindering the record's progress.

The luminous Car Wheels on a Gravel Road (Number 65, 1998), proved a triumph worth waiting for. Boasting contributions from Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, and the E Street Band's Roy Bittan, it won Williams widespread critical acclaim, including top honors in the Village Voice's annual critics poll. Car Wheels also earned the singer a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album and became the first commercially successful record of her career, going gold within a year of its release. Williams toured extensively after the album came out, both as a headliner and as an opening act for Bob Dylan and Van Morrison. Several years later, a "deluxe" version of the disc was released with live performances of the studio material. Car Wheels had earned itself a designation as a key record of the 1990s.

Currently signed to the new subsidiary of Mercury, Lost Highway, Williams released Essence, which debuted at Number 28, in June 2001 to more tempered reviews. World Without Tears followed in 2003, West in 2007, and Little Honey in 2008. Each of these studio albums had sublime moments. In 2005, she let her raucous side loose with Live At The Fillmore, a double disc from an unbridled performance at the famed San Francisco venue.

In September of 2009, Williams married Best Buy music executive Tom Overby onstage at Minneapolis' First Avenue music club. Williams' father performed the ceremony in a homage to Hank Williams, who himself enjoyed public nuptials in New Orleans in the early 1950s.

Portions of this biography appeared in The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll (Simon & Schuster, 2001). Jim Macnie contributed to this article.

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For the past 30 years, Lucinda Williams has channeled her perspective as a proud but vulnerable Southern female into a string of stellar albums, each of which weave rock, country, folk and blues so tightly that each of the elements seems to disappear. Lucinda Williams (1988) was her breakthrough disc, but her magnum opus, 1998's Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, sealed the her reputation as a formidable singer-songwriter. Ruminating on disappointments, fretting over lost friends, and celebrating the subtlest of life's joys, it was an obvious masterpiece that resounds with immediacy.

The daughter of a poet father (Miller Williams) who was both college professor and Hank Williams zealot, Williams grew up listening to classic country. She was born in Louisiana, but her family relocated several times during her childhood to spots across the South, as well as Mexico City and Santiago, Chile. At 16 she discovered the writing of Southern novelist Flannery O'Connor, whom she cites as a major influence on her songwriting. Williams attended college for a short time but dropped out in 1971 to devote herself to music.

Williams signed to the Folkways label in 1978 and released her first two albums without fanfare. Between 1980 and 1988 she worked a series of odd jobs, moving in mid-decade from Austin, Texas, to L.A., where she took voice lessons to learn how to sound like Joan Baez, and married and divorced Greg Sowders of the Long Ryders. Much of the biting material on her self-titled album for the Rough Trade label dealt with her marriage. The poignancy and catchiness of Lucinda Williams marked a key turning point in Williams' career.

Rough Trade collapsed in 1991, and Chameleon released her 1992 album Sweet Old World. Relocating to Austin, then Nashville, Williams kept busy into the Nineties. In 1993 she contributed a track to Sweet Relief, the benefit album for singer Victoria Williams (no relation), who suffers from multiple sclerosis, and lent her signature vocals to "Reunion" on Jimmie Dale Gilmore's Spinning Around the Sun. Williams' songs have also been covered by others: Patty Loveless scored a Top Ten country hit with "The Night's Too Long," Mary-Chapin Carpenter recorded a Grammy-winning version of her "Passionate Kisses," and Tom Petty's recording of Williams' "Change the Locks" appears on the soundtrack to the 1996 movie She's the One.

In 1994, after Chameleon folded, Williams briefly joined Rick Rubin's roster at American Recordings. That deal fell through, and although she was constantly working on new material in and out of the studio, it would be another four years before an album would materialize. Meanwhile, there was considerable discussion in the press about the extent to which Williams' perfectionist tendencies might be hindering the record's progress.

The luminous Car Wheels on a Gravel Road (Number 65, 1998), proved a triumph worth waiting for. Boasting contributions from Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, and the E Street Band's Roy Bittan, it won Williams widespread critical acclaim, including top honors in the Village Voice's annual critics poll. Car Wheels also earned the singer a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album and became the first commercially successful record of her career, going gold within a year of its release. Williams toured extensively after the album came out, both as a headliner and as an opening act for Bob Dylan and Van Morrison. Several years later, a "deluxe" version of the disc was released with live performances of the studio material. Car Wheels had earned itself a designation as a key record of the 1990s.

Currently signed to the new subsidiary of Mercury, Lost Highway, Williams released Essence, which debuted at Number 28, in June 2001 to more tempered reviews. World Without Tears followed in 2003, West in 2007, and Little Honey in 2008. Each of these studio albums had sublime moments. In 2005, she let her raucous side loose with Live At The Fillmore, a double disc from an unbridled performance at the famed San Francisco venue.

In September of 2009, Williams married Best Buy music executive Tom Overby onstage at Minneapolis' First Avenue music club. Williams' father performed the ceremony in a homage to Hank Williams, who himself enjoyed public nuptials in New Orleans in the early 1950s.

Portions of this biography appeared in The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll (Simon & Schuster, 2001). Jim Macnie contributed to this article.

Lucinda Williams Videos

  • Lucinda Williams: On Other Artists Covering her Songs - YouTube
  • Lucinda Williams - 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten LIVE 2013 KCSN Benefit ...
  • Petty Fest 2013 - Rebels - Lucinda Williams - YouTube

FAQs on booking Lucinda Williams

  • How to book Lucinda Williams?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Lucinda Williams for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Lucinda Williams, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Lucinda Williams or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Lucinda Williams?

    Booking fees for Lucinda Williams, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Lucinda Williams, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Lucinda Williams?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Lucinda Williams for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Lucinda Williams for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Lucinda Williams or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Lucinda Williams or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Lucinda Williams is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Lucinda Williams for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Lucinda Williams generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Patty Griffin, Bomba Estereo, Mumford and Sons, Neko Case and Metric. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Lucinda Williams for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Lucinda Williams Speaker Videos

  • Lucinda Williams: On Other Artists Covering her Songs - YouTube
    Lucinda Williams - 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten LIVE 2013 KCSN Benefit ...
  • Petty Fest 2013 - Rebels - Lucinda Williams - YouTube
    Lucinda Williams - Bus To Baton Rouge - 9 January 2013 - YouTube

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