March 11, 2013 – 4:37 am

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Austin 1995 [no label, 1CD]

Live at SXSW 1995, Austin Music Hall, Austin, TX; March 16, 1995. Live at KGSR Studios, Bastrop, TX; March 17, 1995. Excellent soundboard, FM radio broadcast.

Thanks to JEMS for these tracks; and to Butterking who shared them on the net in 2005.

JEMS’s notes:

In the interminable wait for Lucinda’s breakthrough masterpiece, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, she played annually at SXSW, debuting material that would eventually appear on the album as far back as 1994. In 1995, she took the stage fully convinced that the album was nearly done, though it would take almost three years and two additional production teams to finish the effort. But on this night, Lucinda, Gurf Morlix and the band, joined by Ian McLagan on keyboards, played seven songs from the as-yet-unreleased album; the following day, Lu and Gurf went to KGSR, played another three and talked about the record and the show the night before.

For my money these performances, especially songs like “Car Wheels” that feature McLagan, are nothing short of brilliant and some of these have never sounded fresher or, arguably, better.

‘Round about 1997 I grew so frustrated with the wait for the new album that I cobbled together a compilation CD featuring new songs from Lucinda’s SXSW appearances 1994-96 and dubbed it Junebug Vs. Hurricane. It made the rounds then, still shows up on a Google search, and even merited a small mention in early press for Car Wheels as a example of the fans’ desire for a new album.

Junebug Vs. Hurricane drew heavily on the material above, and the board tape is well circulated. However, the board was missing the first song of the night, “Metal Firecracker,” and I have long meant to do a proper reconstruction of the show from both sources and tag on the KGSR set to make it a complete overview of Lucinda circa 1995. The board, by the way, was one channel and has a few non-musical cuts in it. This version fixes the channel problem by doubling up the good one. I elected not to add 40 seconds of audience between a couple of songs where the board cuts figuring no one will really miss it. The board is from a DAT clone of the master. The audience and FM portions are off DAT masters.

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Audience recording by JEMS; Soundboard recording by Calrust
Track 01. Metal Firecracker * (audience) (7.5MB)
Track 02. Greenville * (8.6MB)
Track 03. Right In Time * (7.5MB)
Track 04. Car Wheels on a Gravel Road * (8.9MB)
Track 05. 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten * (9.6MB)
Track 06. Still I Long For Your Kiss * (7.4MB)
Track 07. Joy * (13.9MB)
Track 08. Changed the Locks (8.0MB)

Studios of KGSR, Bastrop, TX; March 17, 1995; Broadcast recording by JEMS
Track 09. Drunken Angel (13.1MB)
Track 10. Can’t Let Go (15.0MB)
Track 11. Lake Charles (false start) (2.8MB)
Track 12. Lake Charles (”take two”) (7.6MB)

* Songs that appeared on Car Wheels on a Gravel Road (1998).

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  1. 15 Responses to “LUCINDA WILLIAMS - SXSW, AUSTIN 1995”

  2. big o I can`t thank you enough !!!
    along with the gurf morlix mix of”car wheels on a gravel road” this is a treasure..thanks!!!!

    By sluggo on Mar 11, 2013

  3. She was named “America’s best songwriter” by TIME magazine in 2002.

    By JamWel on Mar 11, 2013

  4. I love the tone Gurf gets .

    By sluggo on Mar 11, 2013

  5. outstanding this is why i love big o remind me how to donate please

    By the duke on Mar 11, 2013

  6. Thaks bigO! One of my favorite singers!

    Sluggo, I didn’t think that the Gurf mix would be out there, I just got it from Sugarmegs. Thanks for the tip!

    By Mark E on Mar 11, 2013

  7. The songs ‘Drunken Angel’, ‘Can’t Let Go’ and ‘Lake Charles’ also appeared on the album ‘Car Wheels On A Gravel Road’.

    By bb martin on Mar 12, 2013

  8. Great post, as always. BigO fans should seek out the 2006 2CD Deluxe Edition of “Car Wheels…” which contains a 7/11/98 performance broadcast on WXPN’s terrific “Live at The World Cafe” program. Go and buy it you can afford it. She’s an artists that deserves our support.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Mar 12, 2013

  9. you got that right johnny..I saw Lucinda a few years back at the glorious Massey Hall in of the most enjoyable concerts of my lifetime .

    By sluggo on Mar 12, 2013

  10. Thanks for this Big O. I had not read the background for the album before. I saw Lucinda Williams at a club shortly after she won a Grammy for Car Wheels On a Gravel Road. She told the audience that Gurf Morlix was upset that Steve Earl produced the actual album and not him. She said she was trying to reach out to Gurf but the popularity of the album proved she made the right decision. Lucinda also had a rockin’ band and it was a great show.

    By Mackster on Mar 13, 2013

  11. Thank you for this!

    By Grant on Mar 13, 2013

  12. Thanks for that!

    By fruchtas on Mar 14, 2013

  13. Nice BigO! Thanks again for a great post.

    By JB on Mar 14, 2013

  14. I still can`t get over having this.
    thanks again.
    I am a big fan of Car Wheels… but I do like the Gurf Mix as much as the official release..It is a more “from the front porch” type sound.

    By sluggo on Mar 14, 2013

  15. Excellent posting, thanks very much. I 2nd the recommendation to buy the deluxe edition of “Car Wheels” a 5 star album if ever there was one, with a very strong live performance on disc 2. Also, make any reasonable effort to see Ms. Williams live. She smokes, and has great taste in selecting musicians for her band.

    By Jania on Mar 24, 2013

  16. P.S. — all the songs above appear on the “Deluxe” version of “Car Wheels,” not just the ones with an asterisk. “Can’t Let Go” sounds very good here. with the background vocal from Gurf Morlix adding something different, but doesn’t come close to the album version, which is positively greasy.

    By Jania on Mar 24, 2013

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