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Lucinda Williams, The Ghosts of Highway 20, disc 2, feature CD 2/26

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Lucinda Williams has just released her new double CD The Ghosts of Highway 20. After 11 highly acclaimed studio albums, Williams is in the most prolific period of her nearly four-decade career, as she continues to challenge herself creatively. 

The Ghosts of Highway 20 finds Williams exploring new territory personally, sonically and vocally.  There is a common thread running through the songs, uniting them under one collective theme as the haunting title track illustrates. Twelve of the 14 songs were inspired by various periods and experiences throughout Williams’ life that all tie into Highway 20 (aka Interstate 20), which runs in part from Georgia to Texas, the focal region of the album. Whether it is cities she has resided in (Atlanta, GA, Macon, GA), has family ties to (Shreveport, LA, Monroe, LA) or previously written about (Jackson, LA, Vicksburg, MS), Williams’ personal experiences and connections to these areas inform the narratives. However, this is not an album about geographic locations, but songs and stories inspired by people, place and time.

The album was co-produced by Williams, Leisz and Tom Overby and recorded with Williams’ ace rhythm section of Butch Norton (drums) and David Sutton (bass). Guitarist Val McCallum guests on two tracks. The Ghosts of Highway 20 features some of the most expansive and experimental arrangements Williams has ever recorded, as heard on the epic “Dust.”

KSUT will feature The Ghosts of Highway 20 over two weeks, disc 1 on Friday 2/19; and disc 2 on 2/26 at 12 noon.