LUCINDA WILLIAMS

Lucinda Williams

Three-time Grammy Award winner Lucinda Williams has released This Sweet Old World a re-recording of her beloved 1992 album Sweet Old World to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its release.
 
Produced by Williams and Tom Overby, This Sweet Old World features fresh updated interpretations of songs such as Prove My Love, Sidewalks of the City, Memphis Pearl and Lines Around Your Eyes. With her deeply soulful voice and wisdom gained over the last 25 years, Williams breathes new life into classics Pineola, Sweet Old World, Something About What Happens When We Talk, Little Angel, Little Brother and Nick Drake’s Which Will.

The third track on the 1992’s This Sweet Old World, He Never Got Enough Love is transformed with additional verses, new sound and new title, Drivin’ Down A Dead End Street, which was the song’s original title. Williams changed it upon the realization that Bob Dylan had a current album with a similar name.
 
The arrangements on This Sweet Old World are tighter and rawer than the original and feature Williams’ fantastic touring/studio band: guitarist Stuart Mathis, bassist David Sutton, and drummer Butch Norton. Guitarist Greg Leisz, who actually participated in the early sessions for the 1992 album, adds his masterful playing to the new recordings. If re-recording an entire studio album was not already an unprecedented move, Williams and company chose to re-record the four tracks that were not included on the original release. This Sweet Old World features new versions of Factory Blues Dark Side of Life, John Anderson’s Wild and Blue and the John Leventhal/Jim Lauderdale penned What You Don’t Know.

While Sweet Old World remains a favourite of many Lucinda Williams fans, the album came out in between two of her landmark recordings (1988’s highly-influential Lucinda Williams and 1998’s masterpiece Car Wheels On a Gravel Road) and was not as revered over time. The years have proven that the songs are as strong as any she has written, but Williams felt the need to revisit the recording. “Everything’s different now. It’s a different band, it’s a different studio, my voice is different,” says Williams. “It’s like a new album.”

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