Lucinda Williams

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Average User Rating 9.37
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Last Reviewed August 20th, 2006
 
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What a great show
Venue/Date: Kingsbury Hall (Salt Lake City, UT)
Concert Date:  
June 22nd, 2007
Reviewer: aceshooter

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9.15
Review: Lucinda Williams
The Salt Lake Tribune
Article Last Updated: 06/23/2007 02:31:08 AM MDT

Trying to pin a simple label on Lucinda Williams' songs is a fool's game.
As soon as you call her "country," Williams will break into a swanky blues walk. When you think you have her pinned down as a folkie, she'll lead her band into a rock tune. Williams herself realizes just how tricky she is to define. At one point at her Friday concert on the University of Utah campus, she introduced "Get Right with God" as the song that won her a "Best Female Rock Vocal" Grammy, before adding, "It's anything but a rock song."

Friday's show, though, was a rockier affair than typical for Williams. Several times she stepped back from her microphone to dance to the raucous sounds coming from her three-piece backing band, led by excellent guitarist Doug Pettibone. Songs like "Atonement," "Unsuffer Me" and "Come On" all had an added kick missing on their recorded versions.

Given that Williams took the stage in a Led Zeppelin t-shirt, jeans and knee-high boots, her focus on rock material shouldn't have been a huge shock. But her version of concert standard "Joy," complete with riffs lifted from Led Zeppelin and The Doors courtesy of Pettibone and opening act Kelly Joe Phelps' dueling guitars was a surprise.

"Rescue" from Williams' "West" album opened the show with a sparse arrangement, but Williams quickly built some momentum with stellar takes on "Fruits of My Labor," "Words" and "Those Three Days," which featured some excellent vocal harmonies from Pettibone.
Not every song was a home run; "Sweet Side" had Williams straining to hit some notes, and her efforts at spoken-word/rapping on songs like "Righteously" don't really work, despite their strong lyrics

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What a great show
Venue/Date: Bank of America Pavilion (Boston, MA)
Concert Date:  
July 7th, 2007
Reviewer: aceshooter

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9.59
Lucinda Williams exudes earthy emotions
By Brett Milano
Saturday, July 28, 2007

Most artists seem to mellow with time, but Lucinda Williams just keeps getting raunchier. Thursday night she delivered a little bit of mournful country and a whole lot of guitar-slinging rock, including what has to be one of the summer’s sexiest performances.

“Unsuffer Me,” the standout track from her most recent album “West,” was the centerpiece of her sultry set at the Bank of America Pavilion. It’s a lowdown, slow grind of a song about longings that are partly spiritual but mostly carnal. Williams put down her guitar to undulate in front of the mike, using all her best come-hither growls. The tune peaked twice, each time with Williams’ shouts leading into guitarist Doug Pettibone’s power chords. Each time through it had both male and female fans screaming like they were watching a teen idol instead of an alt-country hero.

Williams has never been a timid performer - that’s part of her charm. When she sings about death, the sense of foreboding comes through. Funerals figured into two songs played early on with the Southern-gothic “Pineola” and the newer, more matter-of-fact “Fancy Funeral.” Nor does she hold back on the upbeat songs. Thursday night, “Unsuffer Me” was followed by a little-known Fats Domino number, “I Love My Life,” which sounded bawdier than Domino probably intended.
She even got away with covering one of the most macho country standards, Willie Nelson’s “Mama, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys,” which led off a long and freewheeling encore

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