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Williams announces double CD

Monday, July 14, 2014 – Lucinda Williams announced on Monday she will self-release her first-ever double studio album, "Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone," on Sept. 30

The new album will be released on Williams' new independent label Highway 20 Records, via Thirty Tigers.

"Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone" features 20 new songs, with 18 written solely by Williams. The opening track, "Compassion," was originally a poem by her father, the poet Miller Williams, in which she wrote the music and additional lyrics. This is a personal milestone for Williams as it marks the first time she has composed music for one of her father's poems, and it is from that song that the album title was taken. The only true cover is the JJ Cale penned "Magnolia," which closes the album.

Guests include guitarists Bill Frisell and Tony Joe White, Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan, Elvis Costello's rhythm section of Pete Thomas (drums) and Davey Faragaher (bass) and Wallflowers guitarist Stuart Mathis. Jakob Dylan of The Wallflowers adds harmony vocals on "It's Gonna Rain," while Williams' longtime rhythm section of Butch Norton (drums) and David Sutton (bass) contribute as well.

"Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone" was produced by Williams, Tom Overby and Greg Leisz.

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