Lucinda Williams reveals she’s recovering from a stroke

Lucinda Williams has revealed she suffered a stroke last year and that she’s on the road to recovery.

Speaking in a new interview with Rolling Stone, the 68-year-old singer-songwriter said she spent five weeks in the hospital after a blood clot developed on the right side of her brain in November of last year.

A few days before Thanksgiving, the singer was in her bathroom getting ready to take a shower when she had trouble keeping her balance. She stumbled and struggled to stand up straight and couldn’t walk.

“An ambulance came and got me and we told them not to put the big siren on. We didn’t want to alarm the neighbours or anything,” she explained. “But they put the siren on.”

Williams spent a week in the intensive care unit where doctors discovered a blood clot on the right side of her brain, which affected the left side of her body. She was then transferred to a rehabilitation centre to begin a monthlong treatment of therapy.

Williams was discharged on December 21 and is now undergoing physical therapy. She now walks with a cane, is unable to play guitar, and has lingering pain in both her left arm and left leg. However, thanks to the lack of brain damage, doctors expect her to make a full recovery.

Lucinda Williams
Lucinda Williams. CREDIT: Robin Little/Redferns

“What happens is your brain gets all… the wires get all crossed and you have to retrain your brain basically, to tell your arm to do whatever it is you’re trying to do. So that’s the biggest challenge,” Williams said of the healing process.

“I do, like, walking, with the cane and they watch me and see how well I’m doing. And then I have to do hand and arm exercises. It’s really about regaining my strength and mobility, and range of motion. That’s what they work with me on.”

Williams said she feels positive that she will make a return to making music and wants to continue the summer tour she planned with Jason Isbell.

“I feel good and positive about playing again. We’ve got some shows scheduled with Jason Isbell for late July and we’re planning on doing those,” she said. “I don’t know if I’ll stand up and sing or I’ll sit down like an old blues person. But we’ll figure it out.”

She added: “The main thing is I can still sing. I’m singing my ass off, so that hasn’t been affected. Can’t keep me down for too long.”

Back in March, Williams shared a cover of Sharon Van Etten‘s ‘Save Yourself’.

The country-rock artist’s rendition of the song appeared on ‘Epic Ten’, a special 10th anniversary edition of Van Etten’s second album ‘Epic’ (released in 2010).

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Yeehaw! Someone’s made a country cover of Fall Out Boy’s ‘Sugar, We’re Goin Down’

A YouTuber has reworked Fall Out Boy‘s ‘Sugar, We’re Goin Down’ into a country song – listen to it below.

Alex Melton’s new version of the ‘From Under The Cork Tree’ single follows his cover of Paramore’s ‘Misery Business’ last month.

Recorded in his ​”unfinished upstairs bathroom,” Melton’s rendition of ‘Sugar, We’re Goin Down’ sees him strumming guitars and bass on the toilet, in the shower and sat on the bath.

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The video’s description reads: “Join me in my unfinished upstairs bathroom for a down south version of Fall Out Boy’s smash hit Sugar We’re Goin’ Down played on the amazing Acoustasonic Tele! Shout out to Aaron Dethrage for mastering this for me.”

Listen to Melton’s reworking of the Fall Out Boy track below:

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Earlier this year, Fall Out Boy played ‘Centuries’ as part of a special pre-inauguration concert for US president-elect Joe Biden.

The Chicago band were joined by James Taylor, Carole King and more at the We The People event, which was co-hosted by Keegan-Michael Key and Debra Messing.

It was also announced that Fall Out Boy are getting their very own Funko Pop! figures.

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Three figures of Pete Wentz and Patrick Stump were teased ahead of Funko Fair, which took place in January.

Meanwhile, Lana Del Rey has revealed that she’s recorded a cover album full of country songs.

Speaking to MOJO (print edition), the singer said that in addition to the country covers album she’s got another collection of “other folk songs” waiting to be released.

Del Rey also insisted there has always been a country tone running through her music. “I went back and listened to ‘Ride’ and ‘Video Games’ and thought, you know they’re kind of country,” she said (via ContactMusic). “I mean, they’re definitely not pop.”

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Jason Isbell and Sturgill Simpson cast in Scorsese’s ‘Killers Of The Flower Moon’

Country acts Jason Isbell and Sturgill Simpson will join the cast of the forthcoming Martin Scorsese film Killers Of The Flower Moon.

The film, set in 1920s Oklahoma, tells the story of the Reign of Terror, a series of murders against Osage Native Americans whose land was rich in oil. As Deadline reports, Isbell will play Bill Smith, an adversary of Leonardo DiCaprio’s character Ernest Burkhart, while Sturgill will play bootlegger Henry Grammer.

Simpson and Isbell join a previously-announced cast that includes DiCaprio, Robert De Niro and Jesse Plemons. While this will be Isbell’s acting debut, Simpson has starred in a small number of productions, including The Dead Don’t Die, Queen Slim and The Hunt.

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Both artists released records in 2020. Isbell released ‘Reunions’ back in May, his fourth album with backing band The 400 Unit and seventh overall. Isbell also received a resurgence of interest in his 2013 song ‘Cover Me Up’ after it was covered by pop-country star Morgan Wallen.

Simpson, meanwhile, released two full-length volumes of his ‘Cuttin’ Grass’ sessions, which reimagined tracks from his back catalogue as bluegrass songs. The first and second instalments were released in October and December, respectively. Tracks from the LPs were performed live on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Last last year, both men were also critical of the Country Music Association after it failed to recognise the late John Prine during the 2020 awards ceremony.

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