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It's kind of funny how by emulating the past, Lucinda Williams' first album was ahead of its time. There was no such thing as "alt-country" upon its release in 1979, and Steve Earle's debut Guitar Town didn't come out until 1986. So Ramblin' may or may not be one of the first alt-country albums depending on your definition of the subgenre. More interesting though, is that this collection of country and blues standards shows a then 26-year-old Williams singing with a smoother drawl that had yet to be textured by liquor and smoke. And since her voice is only accompanied by the exquisite guitar work of John Grimaudo, you get an even better sense of what she sang like back then. Williams turns Memphis Minnie's "Me and My Chauffeur" into an even more salacious affair with her seductive cooing of the line, "I want you to be my chauffeur/ I want you to ride me downtown." Her take on Hank Williams' "Jambalaya" is purist's gold, and if you dare to play it through a pair of crummy little speakers, its threadbare elegance could come off sounding like an old 78 platter on a hand-cranked Victrola.

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I first put this album into the tape player in my car in August 1999 during a commute to work. I didn't remove it until May 2000, eight months later. It was the beginning and ending of my day. Sure, it doesn't reflect all of the living and soul that come through in Lucinda's later albums----judge it for what it is: her roots, based partly on a love for blues developed during childhood. As a woman, I fell in love with her interpretations of some of these classics originally recorded by men. This was the album that opened some musical doors for me. I went out and bought a guitar, and I still have to get my Ramblin' fix every once in awhile.


I can't believe that such great classics done by such a great artist can actually gain bad reviews. I thought the album was an amazing change of pace (even though it was pre-fame for Lucinda) from her usual style. Great Record – kind of reminds me of Iris Dement, but much better – a little bluesy Appalachian sound – love it. If you like authentic american roots southern music, and are a Lucinda Williams fan it's a must have!

what a woman!

Lucinda has heart, soul and style. Better than you can say for a lot of artists!


Born: January 26, 1953 in Lake Charles, LA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The object of cultish adoration for years, singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams was universally hailed as a major talent by both critics and fellow musicians, but it took quite some time for her to parlay that respect into a measure of attention from the general public. Part of the reason was her legendary perfectionism: Williams released records only infrequently, often taking years to hone both the material and the recordings thereof. Plus, her early catalog was issued on smaller labels that agreed...
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