- 24 Oct 22
Lucinda Williams will release her new memoir on April 25, via Crown.
Lucinda Williams has announced the upcoming release of her memoir, titled Don’t Tell Anybody The Secrets I Told You.
The book, due to arrive on April 25, will tell the story of the Louisiana singer-songwriter’s life and career. Williams has won three Grammy awards and recorded 14 legendary albums.
“For decades now, I’ve shared my innermost thoughts and experiences via my songs,“ Williams said in a statement. “After years spent toying with the idea, I’ve decided to finally tell my stories more fully. But this won’t be a sugar-coated memoir; I want people to really see the truth of my life.”
The book will chronicle Williams’ “traumatic childhood in the Deep South, her years of being overlooked in the music industry, and the stories that inspired her enduring songs,” according to a press release.
The 69-year-old recorded her first two albums: Ramblin' on My Mind (1979) and Happy Woman Blues (1980), in a traditional country and blues style that received critical praise but little public or radio attention. In 1988, she released her self-titled third album to widespread critical acclaim.
Album cut 'Passionate Kisses', later recorded by Mary Chapin Carpenter for her 1992 album Come On Come On, garnered Williams her first Grammy Award for Best Country Song in 1994. Williams' fourth album, Sweet Old World, appeared four years later in 1992.
Williams' commercial breakthrough came in 1998 with Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, an album fusing rock, blues, country and Americana into a distinctive style. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA the following year, and earned her a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album, while being universally acclaimed.
Essence appeared in 2001 to further critical acclaim and commercial success, becoming her first Top 40 album on the Billboard 200 and garnering three Grammy nominations.
Williams has released a string of albums since; including World Without Tears (2003), West (2007), Little Honey (2008), Blessed (2011), Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone (2014), The Ghosts of Highway 20 (2016), and Good Souls Better Angels (2020).
Revisit a classic Lucinda Williams interview with Hot Press here.