Lucinda Williams, 28th Annual ODU Literary Festival

Document Type

Featured Participant

Festival Date



Granby Theater, 421 Granby St.

Author/Artist Bio

Lucinda Williams, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, was born in Lake Charles, La. Inspired by the blues and Bob Dylan, Williams began playing guitar at age 12, and by her early 20s she was performing in public. After struggling in the Austin and Houston folk scenes, Williams journeyed to Jackson, Miss., where she recorded her 1979 debut album Ramblih’ on My Mind, an assortment of blues and country standards. The following year she released Happy Woman Blues. She relocated to Los Angeles and signed to Rough Trade, where she recorded a 1988 self-titled album that blended country, blues and folk. Though recruited by RCA, Williams left the label without releasing a record, preferring the creative control offered by the indie label Chameleon, which issued the album Sweet Old World in 1992. Her 1998 album Car Wheels on a Gravel Road was both a commercial and critical success, netting Williams a Grammy for the Best Contemporary Folk Album. In 2001 Williams released Essence and her latest album, World Without Tears, was released this year.


Williams presented with Miller Williams on Friday, October 7, 2005 at 7:00 p.m.


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