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Teacher mocked student's hair on Facebook

CHICAGO, April 1 (UPI) -- Chicago Public Schools officials said they are investigating after a teacher posted pictures of a 7-year-old's Jolly Rancher-inspired hairdo on Facebook.
'Lucky' is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart

'Lucky' is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Kenny Chesney's "Lucky Old Sun" is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart, Billboard.com reported Wednesday.

ACL Fest announces 130-act lineup

AUSTIN, Texas, May 10 (UPI) -- Officials Thursday announced a 130-act Austin City Limits Music Festival lineup, featuring acts ranging from Bob Dylan and the Indigo Girls to Arctic Monkeys.

Williams gains from pain on new album

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Death and romantic turmoil inspired the songs on U.S. singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams' new album "West."

Williams' new album reflects her life

NEW YORK, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Like many U.S. country singers, Lucinda Williams says she used her own life in the songs that adorn her newest studio album, "West."

Coachella festival expands to three days

INDIO, Calif., Nov. 21 (UPI) -- The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival will become a three-day event this spring, taking place at Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif.

Michelle Shocked to release three new CDs

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Michelle Shocked will release three new albums in June, the singer-songwriter announced.

Keith Richards joins Gram Parsons tribute

LOS ANGELES, June 28 (UPI) -- Keith Richards will join an all-star lineup of musicians for a tribute to the late rocker Gram Parsons in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, Calif., next week.

Lucinda Williams cancels U.S. tour dates

CHARLOTTE, S.C., March 11 (UPI) -- Singer Lucinda Williams has canceled all of her U.S. tour dates this month, following the death of her mother, Billboard reported Thursday.

For blues fans, a lot to smile about

The members of Congress who proclaimed 2003 "The Year of the Blues" probably didn't know what they were actually honoring. But the extraordinary outpouring of n
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Nelson still 'Live and Kickin'

Willie Nelson is known throughout the music industry as someone who throws a good party -- sometimes on his tour bus, sometimes with his Old Whiskey River brew,
GARY GRAFF, United Press International

Feature: John Mellencamp

DETROIT, June 19 (UPI) -- For his new album, veteran rocker John Mellencamp decided to dip into something old.
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Lucinda Williams (born January 26, 1953) is an American rock, folk, blues and country music singer and songwriter. She recorded her first albums in 1978 and 1980 in a traditional country and blues style and received very little attention from radio, the media, or the public. In 1988, she released her self-titled album, Lucinda Williams. This release featured "Passionate Kisses", a song later recorded by Mary Chapin Carpenter which garnered Lucinda her first Grammy Award for Best Country Song in 1994. Known for working slowly, Lucinda recorded and released only one other album in the next several years (Sweet Old World in 1992) before her greatest success came in 1998 with Car Wheels on a Gravel Road. This album presented a broader scope of songs that fused rock, blues, country, and Americana into a more distinctive style that still managed to remain consistent and commercial in sound. It went gold and earned Lucinda another Grammy while being universally acclaimed by critics. Since Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, she has released a string of albums that have also been critically acclaimed, though none have sold in the numbers of her 1998 breakthrough. She was also named "America's best songwriter" by TIME magazine in 2002.

Williams was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, the daughter of poet and literature professor Miller Williams and an amateur pianist. Her parents divorced in the mid-1960s with Williams' father gaining custody of her and her younger brother and sister. Her father worked as a visiting professor in Mexico and different parts of the American South including Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Jackson, Mississippi, and Utah before settling at the University of Arkansas. His daughter started writing when she was 6 years old and showed an affinity for music at an early age, and was playing guitar at 12. Williams's first live performance was in Mexico City at 17, as part of a duo with her friend, a banjo player named Clark Jones.

By her early 20s, Williams was playing publicly in Austin and Houston, Texas, concentrating on a folk-rock-country blend. She moved to Jackson, Mississippi, in 1978 to record her first album, for Smithsonian/Folkways Records. Titled Ramblin', it was a collection of country and blues covers. She followed it up in 1980 with Happy Woman Blues, which consisted of her own material. Neither album received much attention.

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