Lucinda Williams

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Lucinda Williams

Posted: 27 Jun 2013

The Sage Gateshead

25 June 


Lucinda Williams is an acquired taste. With her music a fusion of country, rock and folk, she has enjoyed more critical acclaim than commercial success – certainly when you consider her classic 1998 album ‘Car Wheels On A Gravel Road’ for which she won one of her three Grammys peaked at No 155 in the UK charts.  She played six of that album’s 13 songs which was hardly surprising given that most of the evening was devoted to requests.

Backed by the excellent Doug Pettibone on pedal steel and guitar with bass provided by David Sutton, Williams’ songs are often on the edge of what people may find comfortable. Whether delving into personal relationships, suicide or a lifetime’s experience in the deep South of the USA, Williams’ voice sounds like it has been coated in decades of serious bourbon consumption.

Highlights included ‘Drunken Angel’ and  ‘Passionate Kisses’ which provided her first Grammy for ‘Best Country Song’ when recorded by Mary Chapin Carpenter – “It was a helluva surprise to me…it’s not even a country song” drawled Williams.  Returning for a hard rocking encore, Lucinda left to a standing ovation from a crowd that barely filled a third of the auditorium – but those there certainly had acquired the taste.

Rob Mason

 

 

 

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