Here's a sweet live set of Lucinda Williams
& Elvis Costello
, on CMT Crossroads.
01 - Changed The Locks
03 - Indoor Fireworks
04 - Crescent City
05 - Wild Horses
06 - Blue
07 - Poisoned Rose
track 2 is either missing or the track numbers are mislabled
WMA 9.1 VBR Quality 50 ABR= 112
Lucinda Williams, deemed by TIME magazine as "America's Best Songwriter," dropped out of college to play on the streets of Austin, Texas for quarters in the early 1970s. In 1979, she released her first record "Ramblin' on My Mind," a collection of folk and blues covers. In 1988 Williams gained major attention with her third and self-titled "Lucinda Williams," considered by some to be her breakthrough album. The album included her self-penned "Passionate Kisses," which won her a songwriting Grammy in 1994 when it was a hit for Mary Chapin Carpenter. Williams' landmark success came with the Grammy Award-winning "Car Wheels On A Gravel Road," widely regarded as one of the most influential records of the last half-century. This album also landed her at the top of many critics' Top Ten lists and added to her ever-growing fan base. She says of her musical tastes, "I loved Loretta Lynn and Hank Williams, but also love Bob Dylan and the Doors and Jimi Hendrix." She adds, "I don't see anything wrong with loving all kinds of music."
Elvis Costello, a self-taught songwriter, first performed in public in 1969 and began his recording career in 1976 with his first album "My Aim is True." Since then he has recorded over a dozen solo records including collections of country, soul, orchestral pop and rock 'n roll. Costello's collaborations include some of country music's biggest legends such as Johnny Cash and George Jones, as well as award-winning gospel group The Fairfield Four, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, The Chieftans, Burt Bachrach, and The Brodsky Quartet.
Costello was a guest vocalist on the Grammy Award-winning record "MTV Unplugged" by Tony Bennett. Costello has often been hailed as one of the most gifted songwriters of our generation. His very first song to be recorded was by country music's legendary George Jones. Many of Costello's 300 songs have been recorded by a wide range of artists including Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Dusty Springfield and Chet Baker.
Costello says of his admiration for country music, "[Country music] is a very straight talking kind of music, very direct." He adds, "When [country music] is telling stories and when it's talking about simple but profound human emotions, you can't beat it. You can't really beat a Hank Williams song."