Ben’s Brilliant Best Albums of the 1990s. No. 76. Lucinda Williams – Car Wheels on a Gravel Road

It is easy to fall into the trap of seeing Car Wheels on a Gravel Road as the set up to the pay off of Essence. Or it is for me, because Essence is the Lucinda Williams album that I listen to/love the most. It isn’t though. Car Wheels on a Gravel Road is an excellent album in its own right. Obviously. Or I wouldn’t have put it on my list. You know this anyway. You’ve heard it. You know it’s good.


Writing these posts, I always feel an instinct to defend my choices rising up when I should just be celebrating good music. I don’t know why, but there is. Maybe I should just be more confident, though that is another matter and we are probably straying off topic somewhat. What I’m bumbling toward is that I don’t feel I need to justify including Car Wheels on a Gravel Road because it is obviously a good album. We could just celebrate it.

Though, having said that, I did start this post by justifying its inclusion on my list.

I’m starting to question my ability to question my own ability to doubt my ability to doubt myself, I think. I blame the quarantine.

Anyway… grab your party poppers and pull the little strings because we are celebrating that Car Wheels on a Gravel Road is a very good album.


One. Two. Three. POP!!!!

It isn’t a pop album by the way, not really. I probably should have put bang! not pop!

It’s country/rock/Americana/something.

But you know that already.