The album’s guest list includes 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 adds harmony vocals on ‘It’s Gonna Rain’, while Williams’ longtime rhythm section of Butch Norton (drums) and David Sutton (bass) also make significant contributions. Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone was produced by Williams, Tom Overby and Greg Leisz.
Nashville, TN – Three-time Grammy Award winner Lucinda Williams has announced the September 30 release of her first-ever double studio album, Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone. The new album will be released on Williams’ new independent label Highway 20 Records, via Thirty Tigers. Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone is one of Williams’ most ambitious and adventurous projects to date. That is saying a lot, considering that her four decade, celebrated career was built on taking chances and never compromising her art. On Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone, Williams hits that mark, and beyond.
Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone features 20 new songs, with 18 written solely by Williams. The album’s opening track, ‘Compassion’, was originally a poem by her father, the poet Miller Williams, in which she wrote the music and additional lyrics. This marks the first time Williams has composed music for one of her father’s poems, and it is from that song that the album title was taken. The album’s closing track is also its only cover – JJ Cale’s ‘Magnolia.’