Lucinda Williams on “Good Souls, Better Angels” and Donald Trump: NPR

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Lucinda Williams sees her new album Good souls, best angels as part of a long line of political country music. “Go back and listen to Woody Guthrie.” It’s my job as far as I’m concerned, “she said.

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Lucinda Williams sees her new album Good souls, best angels as part of a long line of political country music. “Go back and listen to Woody Guthrie.” It’s my job as far as I’m concerned, “she said.

Danny Clinch / Courtesy of the artist

Like just about all of us, Lucinda Williams has not been able to break the news cycle in recent years. On the song “Bad News Blues” from his new album Good souls, best angels, she sings “Bad news all around / No matter where I go, I can’t get away from it / Don’t you know that I’m deep on my knees. “

Sure Good souls, best angels, Williams is going through the bad news to deliver his hottest and most up-to-date album to date. She is especially ready to sing about Donald Trump, whom she calls “the worst president we have ever had in the history of the United States.”

Mary Louise Kelly of NPR spoke to Lucinda Williams about having suffered a severe blow for speaking about current issues, the aftermath of the tornadoes that hit her house in East Nashville and about being tired of writing songs about the unrequited love. Listen to the radio version in the audio link above and read on for a transcript of the interview.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length

Mary Louise Kelly: I should start by noting how strange it is to release an album. Are you crouching like the rest of us?

Lucinda Williams: Yeah, squatting like everyone else, in our house in Nashville. We had just moved in before that. First the tornado hit, then the pandemic. I asked my husband Tom [Overby] the other day, “Are we going to have grasshoppers next time? “That’s the whole biblical thing; it’s like that.

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