When I listen to the title track, "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road," I drift away and reminisce about growing up as a little girl in rural Georgia, thinking how the whispered conversations of adults were always shrouded in a mystery I'll never feel again now that I'm grown up, and a car ride through the countryside would just happened like magic when Mom said it was time to go ... Never mind the fact that I grew up as a little boy in the suburban Northeast -- that's how powerful and evocative Lucinda's lyrics are on this album.
Lots of great songwriters tell unforgettable stories. But Lucinda makes you feel what she's feeling, with her moods, her emotions, and the places she's been and the people she's known becoming real and vivid and larger than life when she sings. She's also put together a band capable of bringing out the impact of her songs, from the blistering blues of "Can't Let Go" and "Joy" to mellow singin' and pickin' on "Concrete and Barbed Wire" and "Jackson." This is one of those albums that feels like an old best friend, where every note is familiar but it never gets old. If you're reading this and considering a purchase then I envy the chance you have to fall in love with this album for the first time.