: October 31, 2014
Lucinda Williams live at Twist and Shout October 31st at 6pm
On Halloween we hosted what has to be in my top three in-store performances ever! On the heels of her triumphant new release Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone Lucinda Williams played a gorgeous, 40-minute solo set of songs that included some of the best material from the new album, some older material, a blues cover and for a bonus encore a stunning cover of J.J. Cale’s “Magnolia.” In my estimation Lucinda Williams is in an extremely small class of truly great singer/songwriters this era of music has produced. Not only has she written a string of amazing songs herself, but like many of the greats, she has a genuine connection to the blues and folk artists of previous generations who influenced her. This was most apparent as she filled the room with her first-class fingerpicking technique. Her voice is a natural wonder, a force of nature, a one-of-kind miracle and it was in full effect during her set. She was chatty and at ease between songs, bantering with the audience, but while she played you could hear a pin drop as an audience of 200+ hung on every perfectly elongated syllable. Our typical ratio of sales to attendees went out the window as we sold almost as many albums as there were people. Lucinda was lovely, funny heartfelt and real with her fans as she sat for another hour and a half signing autographs, reminiscing and posing for pictures. During the signing she requested that we take off her new album and put on the new album by independent hip-hop phenom Atmosphere, Southsiders, (a big Twist favorite) proving in yet another way what an utterly relevant and open musician she is. Personally, I have a long history with Lucinda going back to the 1960’s when our fathers were colleagues, and I have thrilled at every step in her career as she has grown as an artist and in her stature as a treasure of American music. I am humbled to have had such a great artist grace our stage. Thanks to her husband/manager Tom Overby who was a genuinely nice guy, audio engineer Cory Stone for his exacting standards with the sound, Terry McGibbon from RED distribution for all he does for us, Bob Goldstone and Zach Bevill at Thirty Tigers, and especially Lucinda Williams for making this particular dream come true.