Lucinda Williams blew the roof off of the Americana scene with the release of this album in 1998. Car Wheels touches on universal subjects like sex (“Right in Time”) and self-destruction (“Drunken Angel”) but finds inspiration in simple pleasures too.

Williams is a stellar songwriter who sets the bar high for other great songsmiths of the genre, and her deep southern drawl adds an earthy believability to every story she tells.

This album was a treasure to begin with and it is even more so now with the addition of several bonus tracks including the previously unreleased “Out of Touch,” “Down the Big Road Blues” and the inclusion of an entire concert from 1998 that features many of the songs from Car Wheels plus earlier material.

grade: A