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Williams uncovers "Ghosts"

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 – Lucinda Williams returns with "The Ghosts of Highway 20" (Highway 20/Thirty Tigers) on Feb. 5, 2016.

After 11 albums, Williams' publicist said the new disc was "unlike any other Lucinda Williams album prior. There is a common thread running through the songs, uniting them under one collective theme as the haunting title track illustrates."

A dozen of the 14 songs were inspired by experiences throughout Williams' life that all tie into Highway 20 (also known as Interstate 20), which runs in part from Georgia to Texas, the focal region of the album).

"House of Earth" was a lost Woody Guthrie song with Williams providing the music. Guitarists Bill Frisell and Greg Leisz play on the disc. Williams goes with jazz-styled phrasing on "I Know All About It" and the extensive improvisational track "Faith & Grace." Williams offers a new interpretation of Bruce Springsteen's "Factory."

The disc was co-produced by Williams, Leisz and Tom Overby and recorded with Williams' rhythm section of Butch Norton (drums) and David Sutton (bass). Guitarist Val McCallum guests on two tracks.

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