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THE LATEST album from Lucinda Williams (right), Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, is sure to figure in many critics' end-of-year lists. Singing in a honey and nicotine voice, Williams produces a rootsy brand of rock that stands totally favourable comparison to the squillion- selling Ms Sheryl Crow and other newer acts. A charismatic figure live, her set should also include old favourites such as "Passionate Kisses", a song that earned Grammys for both her and Mary Chapin Carpenter in the 1980s. The support slot is filled by noted Nashville songwriter Jim Lauderdale.

Shepherds Bush Empire, London W12 (0171-771 2000) Sun, 7pm

Londoners Grand Drive also play a brand of music in the roots rock vein, but with warm, poppy tones. They're out promoting their new single, "Wrong Notes", in anticipation of an album in February, which should see them become a more familiar name.

G2, Glasgow (0141-332 1120) tomorrow, 8pm