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Williams revisits "This Sweet Old World"

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 – Lucinda Williams will release "This Sweet Old World" (Highway 20/ThirtyTigers) on Sept. 29 as a re-recording of her 1992 album "Sweet Old World" to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its release.

"Everything's different now. It's a different band, it's a different studio, my voice is different," says Williams. "It's like a new album."

Produced by Williams and Tom Overby, the CD features fresh updated interpretations of songs such as "Prove My Love," "Sidewalks of the City," "Memphis Pearl" and "Lines Around Your Eyes."

The third track on the 1992's Sweet Old World, "He Never Got Enough Love," has additional verses, new sound and new title, "Drivin' Down A Dead End Street," which was the song's original title. Williams changed it upon the realization that Bob Dylan had a current album with a similar name.

The arrangements are tighter and rawer than the original and feature Williams' touring/studio band: guitarist Stuart Mathis, bassist David Sutton and drummer Butch Norton. Guitarist Greg Leisz, who participated in the early sessions for the 1992 album, adds his playing.

Williams re-recorded the four tracks not included on the original release. The results is new versions of "Factory Blues," "Dark Side of Life," John Anderson's "Wild and Blue" and the John Leventhal/Jim Lauderdale-penned "What You Don't Know."

The album came out in between two of her recordings (1988's "Lucinda Williams" and 1998's "Car Wheels On a Gravel Road").