Three years isn't that long of a gap between Lucinda Williams albums.
But the Louisiana-born singer-songwriter certainly made it worth the wait in both volume and quality, on her new "Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone."
Williams, 61, admits she was a bit skeptical about releasing a double album, even though, she notes, "we recorded enough stuff for three albums, actually. We started recording and didn't really think about it and just kind of kept going and we suddenly got all these great tracks. I realized, 'We're not gonna narrow this down to one album. That's gonna be impossible.' So we said either we'd put out two albums at the same time, which I didn't want to do 'caused they'd just be competing with each other,, or put out a double album.
"So that's what we decided to do. The music all fit together, so I think it works."
Williams is planning to release a follow-up of the additional material, which includes covers of songs by JJ Cale, Bruce Springsteen and others. But she`s pleased with the response to "Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone," which debuted at No. 13 on the Billboard 200 and opens with "Compassion," Williams' first adaptation of a poem by her father Miller Williams -- which she hopes will lead to more collaborations between them.
"My dad was always adamant about the differentiation between poetry and songs," Williams says. "In the past I'd send him a couple of things that I said, 'Maybe this might be a poem,' and he said, 'Honey, I think this wants to be a song.'
"I really want to look at some of his other poems and see if I can do that again."
Lucinda Williams and the Kenneth Brian Band
Saturday, Nov. 22. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Tickets are sold out.
Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.
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