Lucinda Williams, Happy Woman Blues

Peter Blackstock

By Peter Blackstock

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Tender country and delicate folk, graceful and gorgeous

Though she became an alt-country icon in the '90s, Lucinda Williams was still largely unknown when Happy Woman Blues came out in 1980. The songs got around surely enough over the years among her fellow songwriters, especially in Texas; by the late '80s, you could walk into an Austin bar on any given night and hear the likes of Butch Hancock covering "Sharp Cutting Wings," Jimmie Dale Gilmore singing "Howling At Midnight" or David Halley doing "I Lost It." Maybe the best cover came a few years later when the Damnations recorded a scorching version of "Happy Woman Blues."