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04/20/2017

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I haven't heard this for a long time. I remember thinking that the best tracks were outstanding but others not so interesting. So I guess that puts me a bit into the makes-you-grumpy category.

There is indeed a change in her voice between Sweet Old World and Car Wheels, and that brings me to a gripe: in what I've heard of her stuff since Car Wheels--she's taken that slurred, drawled style to a point where it irritates me. I was listening to the samples of Ghosts of Highway 20 and thinking the songs sounded good but I wasn't sure I could enjoy her singing very much. I'm not sure how to describe it...like her tongue isn't working right or something.

She may spend more time actively drunk now than before, Mac. Just kidding, I know nothing about her and alcohol!

She sure sounds like that could be it. There is another singer who does that sometimes, what's-her-name with Over The Rhine. It kind of ruins some of their songs for me.

I never heard of her, but it sounds good.

It is.

Now not just quite but very grumpy! Most regrettable.

Back when this came out almost 20 years ago (!) I was listening to a lot of "alt country" and Americana, and this was a fave. For some reason it hasn't stood the test of time for me as well as some of the others from that period, however. Maybe it's just be that my tastes have changed.

Absolutely agree though that the playing is top notch and the recording is outstanding. I'm pretty sure the album won a Grammy in some category or other.

Her bluesy, tipsy sound makes me think of Billie Holiday as she might have done country.

Maybe that's where the slurring is coming from. Here's the title song from Ghosts of Highway 20. I like the song. Maybe I'll get used to the vocal oddities.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vu1kBnR01VM

I listened to the first four songs on the way to and from the grocery store. They're great. "2Kool 2B 4gotten" especially. Brings back powerful memories of adolescence.

Those who like Lucinda may want to check out Angel Olsen's album My Woman. Her voice isn't the same, but the music is somewhat similar, except that it's got a bit of a 60's Phil Spector-ish vibe.

I had never heard of her before but last week I was in a cool little brewpub that A) has very good beer, B) has no TV's, and C) has an owner/operator who plays vinyl records in lieu of a jukebox or piped-in music. He'll put an album on and just let a whole side play. Anyways, he put this album on and I really liked it -- had to ask him who it was. We ended up having a nice conversation about the resurgence of vinyl.

I don't like every single song on the album, but the ones that are good are outstanding.

I've been seeing that listed on the Most Popular lists at eMusic. Have to check it out. I think I may get Williams's Ghosts of Highway 20. I'm getting used to her current vocal style.

Lucinda fans should check out the new album "Crushing" by Julia Jacklin. She's an Aussie singer/songwriter with a similar style. She's got a "sweeter" voice, and her lyrics are more introspective, but the musical feel is quite similar.

By the way, reading up-thread I see that I mentioned a brewpub that I had then recently discovered. I have since become a regular, to the point where late last summer they actually named a sandwich after me. The place is too far away to be considered my "local," but close enough so that I don't mind going a couple times a week. It's probably a good thing it's not closer, actually, as I'd probably be considerably poorer (and portlier) if it were.

"sweeter voice" is a plus. I haven't cared much for what I've heard of LW's voice in recent years. Some of her mannerisms have become so exaggerated that they're off-putting to me.

That's quite an honor, having a sandwich named after you. Now we need to know more about the sandwich.

I mostly gave up alcohol for Lent, and had already mostly laid off beer to try to lose a few pounds. I *really* want a beer.

The sandwich story: A year or so ago a deli near where I work had a sandwich special they called the "Escobar": it was a fried chicken breast, pepperoni, banana peppers, and pepper jack cheese with mayo on a hamburger roll (someone told me that it was called that because Pablo Escobar liked fried chicken and pepperoni together, but I don't know if that's true). I got the sandwich one day, and thought it was okay, but the guys that cook in the pub where I go are really good at what they do, and I thought they might be able to improve on it. So one night when I was there I talked to one of them and gave him the ingredients, and asked him what he thought. He liked the idea and said he could definitely do something with it. Two or three weeks later it showed up on the weekly special menu in modified form: a grilled, not fried, chicken breast, soppressata instead of pepperoni, house-made banana pepper relish instead of banana pepper rings, jalapeno cheddar instead of pepper jack, and pesto mayo.

About the name...For the first six or seven months I was going there one of the bartenders mistakenly thought my name was Ed. When she found out it was actually Rob, she started calling me EdRob and it stuck. I was very surprised when I saw that that's what they named the sandwich!

As it turned out it was such a good seller during its week on the specials list that they put it on the permanent menu. It's been on there for eight or nine months and it remains their top-selling non-burger sandwich.

Re: Lent and alcohol. I've given it up for Lent a few times over the years, but because I'm a "moderate," social drinker at best, it's not really that much of a sacrifice.

The sandwich sounds delicious. Grilled is definitely an improvement. Not that I don't love fried stuff but it seems overdoing it in that case.

About giving up alcohol: I don't really drink very much at a time. So in a way it wasn't much of a sacrifice. But I had gotten into the habit of having one every night, and was surprised at how much of a strain it was to give that up for the first couple of weeks. I take that as an indication that I did need to break the habit.

"Not that I don't love fried stuff but it seems overdoing it in that case."

Yeah, I thought so too. You can also get it as a burger, which is very good too. I even tried it once as a crab-cake sandwich but in that case the other flavors dominate so much that you lose the taste of the crab.

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