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Lucinda Williams performs at the Madison Theater at 8 p.m. on September 30.

The last time Lucinda Williams crossed into our corner of the country was four years ago when she was sandwiched between fly-half Steve Earle and headliner Dwight Yoakam at the PNC Pavilion on the dubbed “LSD Tour”. Williams’ flamboyant set was conclusive proof that she could easily have been the closest of the night, and her appearance on stage with Earle and Yoakam for the closing encore of the main attraction of “Dim Lights, Thick Smoke ( And Loud, Loud Music)” showed that she stood side by side with the best artists on the American scene. It was the thrilling conclusion to a show that was a series of highlights.

From the outset, Williams was a critical if not commercial success, and she could have mounted her songwriting accolades – through Mary Chapin Carpenter’s cover of “Passionate Kisses”, which resulted in the band’s first win. Williams at the Grammys – to a very comfortable life as a writer providing brilliant material for other performers. But the Louisiana native was born to do her own work and she proved it with a relentless start to her career in Texas, playing every honky tonk and dive bar gig that was offered to her. Williams’ tenacity and natural ability to inhabit any musical style that caught his ear – country, blues, rock, folk – paid off with his fifth album, 1998. Car wheels on a gravel roadan audio album by the American genius that culminated in another Grammy win and thrust her into the limelight.

Williams’ diversity is constantly on display, whether in the studio or on stage. She covered Bruce Springsteen’s “Factory”, Woody Guthrie’s “House of Earth”, AC/DC’s “It’s a Long Way to the Top” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Angel”, the latter on a jazz collaboration with the legendary saxophonist Charles Lloyd. Plus, the guest lists on his albums read like a who’s who of contemporary music.

But it’s in performance that Williams’ luminous musical spirit shines brightest – where she weaves all her creative gifts into a sonic origami swan of exquisite power, gritty beauty and porch charm. A Lucinda Williams concert is as uplifting as a church service, as sweaty as a truck stop dance floor, as joyful as a Cajun wedding, and as enlightening as a micro-acid trip from a musicologist. .

Lucinda Williams performs at the Madison Theater at 8 p.m. on September 30. Doors open at 7 p.m. No COVID-19 protocols are in place for the event. Information: madisontheater.com.

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