Lucinda Williams has revealed that she suffered from a stroke last November. The musician said she spent a week in the ICU and another month in a rehabilitation center recovering from a blood clot that developed on the right side of her brain.

Williams is now home, but undergoing physical therapy to “retrain” her brain. She said she walks with a cane, is unable to play the guitar and still has pain in her left arm and leg.

“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,” Williams told Rolling Stone. “So that’s the biggest challenge. It feels like we’re in somebody else’s house. 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 is supposed to open for Jason Isbell and some shows in late July. She said she is looking forward to them.


“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,” Williams 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.”

In the meantime, she said she’s writing lyrics and recently traveled to Nashville to do vocals for an upcoming project.

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

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