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Actress Reese Witherspoon has been tapped to star in the upcoming production "Daughter of the Queen of Sheba."
DENNIS DAILY, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

Terrapin will kick off its 2003 Summer Concert Series with Summit On the Hudson Festival, slated for May 31 and June 1 at the majestic Croton Point Park in Westchester County, N.Y.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Singer Gertrude "Ma" Rainey was born this day in 1896 in Columbus, Ga. She was a true blues pioneer, whose disciples included singer Bessie Smith. She retired in 1933 and died in 1939.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin was born this day in 1928 in Chicago. Griffin now lives in France, returning to the United States once or twice a year to tour the jazz club circuit.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

It's Only Rock 'n' Roll

The sun is shining on the subtropical city of New Orleans; it's festival time again. Tens of thousands of music lovers are pouring into town this week from all over the world for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Hollywood Digest

What's happening in Hollywood.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

People

Although they might do as many stars have done, say "goodbye" repeatedly, the Eagles say their upcoming tour will be their last.
DENNIS DAILY, United Press International

People

Steve Bechler, the Baltimore Orioles pitcher who had been battling a weight problem, died from too much sun during spring training in Florida.
DENNIS DAILY, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, known worldwide as "Jazz Fest," will mark its 34th year by opening one day sooner, expanding and intensifying its legendary presentation of Louisiana's historic and contemporary contributions to world culture, o
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News Two: The week in pop

Taj Mahal, who has been on every edition of the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise, is once again the star of this year's renewal of "the Dodge City of blues festivals."
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

Danny Wood, former member of New Kids On The Block, will release his debut solo CD, "Second Face" (Empire Music Werks/Damage/BMG) April 15.
ELLEN BECK, United Press International

Country Music News

Elvis Presley born in Tupelo, Miss., 1935. Country-gospel singer Cristy Lane born in Peoria, Ill., 1940.
DICK KELSEY, United Press International

Country Music News

Little Jimmy Dickens born in Bolt, W.V., 1920. John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, born in Long Beach, Calif., 1945.
DICK KELSEY, United Press International

It's Only Rock 'n' Roll

The South by Southwest music conference and festival has announced its initial list of bands, panelists and panels. The Austin, Texas-based conference, schedule
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Heartland -- UPI Arts & Entertainment

NASHVILLE, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Though his is not a household word, within musical circles, Buddy Miller is revered and respected.
CRYSTAL CAVINESS, United Press International
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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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