Little Honey

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Little Honey
Studio album by Lucinda Williams
Released October 14, 2008 (2008-10-14)
Genre Americana, Folk rock, Alternative country, Heartland rock
Length 1:04:44
Label Lost Highway
Producer Eric Leljestrand, Tom Overby[1]
Lucinda Williams chronology
West
(2007)
Little Honey
(2008)
Blessed
(2011)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars 2008
Blender 3.5/5 stars 2007
Entertainment Weekly B- 2008
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars 2008
Slant Magazine 3.5/5 stars 2008
Spin 4/5 stars 2008
The Boston Globe unfavorable 2008
The New York Times 2008
The Times 4/5 stars 2008
USA Today 3.5/4 stars 2008

Little Honey is the ninth studio album by Lucinda Williams, her tenth album overall. It was released in 2008 on Lost Highway Records and includes guest appearances by Elvis Costello, Susanna Hoffs, Matthew Sweet and Charlie Louvin.[1] "Circles and X's" was written in 1985, around the same time was "If Wishes Were Horses," while "Well Well Well" dates from 1991.[2]

"Real Love" was released to radio and digital outlets as the first single.[2]

The album debuted at number 9 on the Billboard 200, selling 35,000 copies that week,[3] thereby becoming her first Top 10 album. The album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Americana Album.

Track listing[edit]

(All songs by Lucinda Williams except where indicated)

  1. "Real Love" – 3:45
  2. "Circles and X's" – 3:40
  3. "Tears of Joy" – 4:27
  4. "Little Rock Star" – 5:42
  5. "Honey Bee" – 3:05
  6. "Well Well Well" – 4:29
  7. "If Wishes Were Horses" – 5:40
  8. "Jailhouse Tears" – 5:28
  9. "Knowing" – 6:00
  10. "Heaven Blues" – 5:23
  11. "Rarity" – 8:43
  12. "Plan to Marry" – 3:26
  13. "It's a Long Way to the Top" (Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Bon Scott) – 4:56 (Originally performed by AC/DC)

Bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Jailhouse Tears (Demo)" – 4:49 (Best Buy Exclusive download/UK CD Bonus Track)
  2. "Rarity (Demo)" – 7:35 (Best Buy Exclusive download)
  3. "Knowing (Demo)" – 4:42 (Best Buy Exclusive download)
  4. "Circles & X's (Demo)" – 3:58 (Best Buy Exclusive download)
  5. "If Wishes Were Horses (Demo)" – 4:55 (Best Buy Exclusive download)
  6. "Real Love (Alternate Early Version) – 3:39 (iTunes US Exclusive)

"Lu in '08" EP[edit]

Released on October 28, 2008, as a Digital-Only EP featuring 4 live tracks (3 covers and one original):

  1. "Masters of War" (Originally performed by Bob Dylan)
  2. "For What It's Worth" (Originally performed by Buffalo Springfield)
  3. "Marching the Hate Machines Into the Sun" (Originally performed by Thievery Corporation feat. Wayne Coyne)
  4. "Bone of Contention" (Lucinda Williams original)

("Bone of Contention" has been incorrectly regarded as an "AmazonMP3" exclusive bonus track. The live version (from the "Lu in '08" ep) was given away free to those who pre-ordered "Little Honey" from Amazon.com.)

Personnel[edit]

  • Lucinda Williams – vocals, acoustic guitar
  • Butch Norton – drums, percussion
  • David Sutton – electric bass, double bass, cello
  • Chet Lyster – electric and acoustic guitars, saw and table steel
  • Doug Pettibone – electric and acoustic guitars, pedal steel

Additional musicians

  • Rob Burger – wurlitzer, vibraphone, piano, Hammond organ
  • Matthew Sweet, Susanna Hoffs – backing vocals ("Real Love", "Little Rock Star", "Rarity")
  • Charlie Louvin, Jim Lauderdale – backing vocals ("Well Well Well")
  • Elvis Costello – vocals ("Jailhouse Tears")
  • Susan Marshall, Gia Ciambotti, Kristenin Mooney – backing vocals ("Tears of Joy")
  • Kristen Mooney, Tim Easton, Susan Marshall – backing vocals ("It's a Long Way to the Top")
  • Jim Lauderdale, Susan Marshall, Gia Ciambotti, Kristen Mooney – backing vocals ("Jailhouse Tears")
  • Bruce Fowler – trombone
  • Walt Fowler – flugelhorn
  • Albert Wing – tenor sax

References[edit]