Lucinda Williams On Mountain Stage This performance from 2001 finds Williams on the heels of Essence, the heavily anticipated follow-up to 1998's Car Wheels on a Gravel Road. Hear the beloved alt-country singer-songwriter perform.

Lucinda Williams performs live on Mountain Stage in 2001. Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage hide caption

toggle caption
Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Lucinda Williams performs live on Mountain Stage in 2001.

Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage

Lucinda Williams On Mountain Stage

Lucinda Williams On Mountain Stage

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/247185677/247162680" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Lucinda Williams appears on this episode of Mountain Stage from Dec. 2, 2001. Williams' first appearance on the show in 1989 is often touted as her first nationally broadcast performance. Since then, she's enjoyed mainstream success while earning a place as one of alt-country's most beloved singer-songwriters.

This appearance finds Williams on the heels of Essence, the heavily anticipated follow-up to 1998's Car Wheels on a Gravel Road. The set draws primarily from the newer record and includes the dark, sultry title cut. Williams closes with a soulful cover of Skip James' "Hard Time Killin' Floor." The musician is backed for this performance by her own four-piece band, which includes iconic Midwestern guitarist and producer Bo Ramsey.

Set List

  • "Reason To Cry"
  • "Blue"
  • "Essence"
  • "Get Right With God"
  • "Hard Time Killin' Floor"
[+] read more[-] less

More From Country

Marlon Williams (right) and bandmate Dave Khan perform at the 2017 Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

toggle caption Adam Kissick for NPR

Marlon Williams, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2017

Though he was new to many in the audience, the New Zealander's lonesome set was the one festivalgoers were talking about for the rest of the weekend. Hear it now.

Marlon Williams, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2017

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/539345237/540961653" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley on Mountain Stage Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage hide caption

toggle caption Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Rob Ickes And Trey Hensley On Mountain Stage

Hear the Grammy-nominated bluegrass duo bring jazzy breakdowns and quickfire fingerpicking to the Mountain Stage at West Virginia's Culture Center Theater.

Rob Ickes And Trey Hensley On Mountain Stage

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/540961365/540970634" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Brent Cobb performs at the 2017 Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

toggle caption Adam Kissick for NPR

Brent Cobb, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2017

The Georgia-born roots musician's songs tell detailed, easy-paced stories of family and close friends. Hear his Newport Folk set, with special guest Jade Bird.

Brent Cobb, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2017

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/539478392/540729361" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Brennen Leigh performs on Mountain Stage. Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage hide caption

toggle caption Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Brennen Leigh On Mountain Stage

The Minnesota-born, Texas-based singer brings her mix of whip-smart lyricism and country swing to Mountain Stage in West Virginia.

Brennen Leigh on Mountain Stage

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/537067702/537067726" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Nashville-based country singer Nikki Lane performs "Jackpot" for KCRW. Larry Hirshowitz/KCRW hide caption

toggle caption Larry Hirshowitz/KCRW

Watch Nikki Lane Perform 'Jackpot' Live In The Studio

KCRW

In this session for KCRW, the Nashville country singer shows off her newfound confidence as a songwriter with a track from her latest album, Highway Queen.

Roots-rock band The Black Lillies plays Mountain Stage for the third time. Josh Saul/Mountain Stage hide caption

toggle caption Josh Saul/Mountain Stage

The Black Lillies On Mountain Stage

The Knoxville roots-rock band returns to Mountain Stage with its signature mix of country, Motown blues and Americana. Hear a live set recorded at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

The Black Lillies on Mountain Stage

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/530863824/530870274" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Otis Gibbs performs on Mountain Stage. Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage hide caption

toggle caption Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Otis Gibbs On Mountain Stage

The East Nashville raconteur and country-music podcaster makes his Mountain Stage debut with a guitar-slinging performance.

Otis Gibbs On Mountain Stage

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/528130411/528139315" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Back To Top