Lucinda Williams – Happy Woman Blues


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Release Date: 1992

Label: Smithsonian Folkways Records


Track List

  1. Lafayette
  2. I Lost It
  3. Maria
  4. Happy Woman Blues
  5. King Of Hearts
  6. Rolling Along
  7. One Night Stand
  8. Howlin’ At Midnight
  9. Hard Road
  10. Louisiana Man
  11. Sharp Cutting Wings (Song To A Poet)



  • Lucinda Williams – vocals, acoustic guitar
  • Mickey White – acoustic guitar, harmony vocals
  • Ira Wilkes – drums
  • Rex Bell – electric bass, harmony vocals
  • Andre Matthews – electric guitar
  • Mickey Moody – pedal steel guitar
  • Malcolm Smith – viola, fiddle



All too often dismissed as an immature work that was quickly eclipsed by her self-titled breakthrough on Rough Trade, Williams’s second and final album for Folkways reveals much about her current lyrical sensibility and vocal approach. Most singer-songwriters, in fact, would give their Martins for songs as good as “Lafayette” and “Maria.” That she reprises “I Lost It” on Car Wheels on a Gravel Road and continues to explore this album’s themes–the value of native ground and the endurance of loss–is enough evidence that, while not as overwhelming as the work to come, Happy Woman Blues should not be overlooked by fans of this vital artist.


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