On The Download: Lucinda Williams Is Sweeter Than Ever

Lucinda Williams is the first official “country” artist that we’ve featured thus far in our “On The Download” column here at AccessHollywood.com, and what more credible artist could we suggest to you?

If you haven’t heard of Lucinda, you’re not alone – she’s no Carrie Underwood or Keith Urban, in terms of mass-market appeal.

But in terms of talent, for over 30 years this three-time Grammy Award-winner has been at the top of her game. She’s always reminded me as a Southern version of Rickie Lee Jones or Stevie Nicks.

I was first introduced to her music in 2003, through her album “World Without Tears” – her song “Righteously” from this disc remains one of my all-time favorite singles.

Now, the Louisiana-born Lucinda has just released her ninth studio album, “Little Honey,” which for me, is every bit as strong as what many consider her magnum opus; 1998’s “Car Wheels On A Gravel Road.”

This album is more rock n’ roll than any of her previous work that I’ve listened to, as evidenced in the opening track, “Real Love,” which is much more Austin than Nashville.

Not to be missed is her duet with Elvis Costello on “Jailhouse Tears” – the twang in her voice when she drawls out the word “Teeeeaarrrsss” is classic Lucinda.

It’s emotional and narrative – this single sung word alone tells a whole story in and of itself.

But the most amazing thing about Lucinda is that it’s impossible to classify her music – you can’t call it just country, or rock ‘n’ roll, or R&B – it’s none… and yet, it’s all.

If you’re a music fan who’s scared of the word “Country” (like me!), Lucinda is a very comfortable introduction.

Except, of course, for those who have already long been in the know!