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Lucinda Williams Reveals She Suffered a Stroke Last Year

Legendary country music and Americana singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams revealed that she suffered a stroke last November. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Williams says she was at home in Nashville last year when she suddenly had trouble keeping her balance and couldn't walk.

Williams, who was 67 at the time, called out to her husband, Tom Overby, who happened to be on the phone with Williams' doctor at the time of the incident. Williams was taken to Nashville's Vanderbilt Medical Center, where doctors found a blood clot on the right side of her brain.

After a month of treatment of therapy at a rehabilitation center, Williams returned home on Dec. 21.

Williams has continued to work with therapists to recover from the stroke at home. The Grammy-winner walks with a cane, has lingering pain in her left arm and leg and is currently unable to play guitar.

Rolling Stone reports that Overby says Williams' prognosis is a full recovery and doctors saw no signs of brain damage.

"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."

Williams was scheduled to appear at this month's Mile 0 Fest in Florida, but canceled her appearance in April.

Williams says she feels positive about a return to the stage this year.

"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 says. "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."

The beloved and influential artist also reassured fans that her voice was not affected by the stroke.

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

Williams released her debut self-titled album in 1988. The album featured "Passionate Kisses," which earned Williams her first Grammy award for Best Country Song in 1994 after it was recorded by Mary Chapin Carpenter.

In 1998, Williams released her breakthrough album Car Wheels on a Gravel Road.

Williams released her most recent album Good Souls Better Angels last year. She recently recorded guest vocals for a project by her friend and fellow artist Chrissie Hynde.

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