Life isn’t fair. It’s a long, long, disgusting way from anything resembling fairness. In a fair world, she would be revered as just as great a songwriter as her far more successful (commercially speaking) male colleagues. She’d have been born strong as an ox, birth defect-free. Another famous male songwriter for whom she once opened wouldn’t have called her “just another p***y with a guitar.” Her first album would’ve been a big hit. 30 years ago, A&R reps would’ve been bare-knuckle boxing each other just to take her out to dinner. But that’s not Lucinda Williams’s story. But maybe in a fair world, we wouldn’t have been blessed with the all of the precious blood and dust in “Car Wheels On A Gravel Road” twenty years later (in 1998.) When the deluxe edition came out, her live recording of “Something About What Happens When We Talk” from KEXP’s World Cafe show immediately commanded every bit of my attention and struck all kinds of nerves in me in a way that only the truest songs can. It gets me every time. Every single time. Write a song that can pull good honest tears from my eyes and you’ll have my respect from here to the next galaxy.
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