Read about Lucinda Williams’ new project – a surprising reworking of an oldie
Sweet Old World
Gets A Make-Over
Grammy-winner and alt.country/Americana icon Lucinda Williams has done something quite unusual. She has re-recorded an earlier album and will release a new version next month.
Sweet Old World was released in 1992, between the classic 1988 Lucinda Williams album and the game-changing Car Wheels On A Gravel Road (1998). The original collection was produced by Williams, Gurf Morlix and Dusty Wakeman and featured some well-known original material – ‘Pineola’, ‘Six Blocks Away’, ‘Little Angel, Little Brother’ and ‘Something About What Happens When We Talk’, along with a remarkable version of Nick Drake’s ‘Which Will’. Jim Lauderdale and Benmont Tench were guests.
The re-worked album will be called This Sweet Old World and will be released September 29 via Thirty Tigers. Produced by Williams and partner Tom Overby, it celebrates the twenty-fifth anniversary of the earlier collection and will contain all-new renditions of the twelve tracks “dramatically rearranged and rewritten” (source: official website), recorded over ten days with her long-standing band Buick 6 (guitarist Stuart Mathis, bassist David Sutton and drummer Butch Norton, together with regular collaborator, steel-guitar wizard Greg Leisz.
You can read more at Rolling Stone and you can hear the new version of the opening track ‘Six Blocks Away’ below.