Event Information

THIS SHOW IS SOLD OUT!!

Become a Belly Up VIP!

An intimate duo evening with Lucinda Williams and her guitarist Doug Pettibone - SOLD OUT!! Biography

It’s long been said that the blues -- in all its forms -- is one of the most potent means to transform pain into beauty. Lucinda Williams has known that since she began devouring music as a youngster growing up in Louisiana, and she’s been finding new ways to perform that alchemical reaction ever since.

With West, a disc that may well be Williams’ most personal work to date, the singer-songwriter channels both her emotion and restive creative energy into a startling set of songs that touch on both darkness and redemption. At turns strikingly spare and compellingly muscular, the album’s 13 cuts attest to her willingness to stretch as a musician -- and to put herself on the line as a chronicler of life. “The songs deal with a chapter in my life and they definitely tell a story,” says Williams. “It’s probably been the most prolific time in my life as a writer. I’d been through so many changes -- my mother’s death and a very tumultuous relationship that ended badly-- so obviously there’s a lot of pain and struggling, but it ends with a look towards the future.”

There’s no disputing the sense of struggle that imbues songs like “Fancy Funeral” -- a ballad with a gentle lilt that can’t mask the disillusionment of a narrator trying to make a case for the meaninglessness of such an affair. Nor can one miss the ache in “Mama You Sweet,” a raw-but-right rumination on what remains after the loss of a loved one.

On the other hand, West is rife with songs that serve to enliven and affirm, albeit in decidedly non-Hallmark fashion. The fiery “Come On” -- a kiss-off tune in the mode of Dylan’s “Positively 4th Street” -- uses a stinging guitar hook to grab the listener by the lapels, all the better for Williams to deliver a knockout blow with a flurry of acerbic, double-entendre lyrics. There’s a similarly edgy vibe at play in “Wrap My Head Around That,” which stalks stealthily for nine minutes of hypnotic rhythm -- goosed along by Bill Frisell’s serpentine guitar -- that matches Williams’ sharp wordplay at every turn.


View our LOFT Seating chart here: http://www.bellyup.com/info/loft-seats/

Become a Belly Up VIP!
Sign up on our email list at the top right of this page.

All seating for general admission is LIMITED and NOT GUARANTEED. There are no refunds, exchanges or transferring tickets.