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Listen to Lucinda Williams chat with WXPN’s Michaela Majoun

Lucinda Williams | photo via Facebook.com/lucindawilliams
Lucinda Williams | photo via Facebook.com/lucindawilliams

This fall, singer-songwriter icon Lucinda Williams released her eleventh studio album, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone, and yesterday she joined XPN Morning Show host Michaela Majoun on the air to talk about the album and her upcoming local show. She plays the Scottish Rite Auditorium in Collingswood, NJ, tomorrow; tickets and information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Listen to Williams’ interview with Majoun after the jump. Continue reading →

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Recap: Celebrating the past and looking to the future with Lucinda Williams at The Keswick Theater

Lucinda Williams | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com All photos by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

Lucinda Williams gave a nearly sold-out crowd at The Keswick Theatre a glorious slice of her musical history on Saturday night. There was the promised retelling of her self-titled third album released 25 years ago to begin the night. Those 12 songs depict Williams’ strengths in the country realm, with hints of rock and blues throughout. Williams and her band, featuring Stuart Mathis on guitar, expertly showcased the album, name-dropping those who covered such classics as “The Night’s Too Long” (Patty Loveless), “Changed the Locks” (Tom Petty), and “Passionate Kisses” (Mary Chapin Carpenter). But this was not a show about hubris; it was about her shifting contexts and fantastic contributions to the world of music. Her last 10 songs certainly had a greater edge of rock. This was seen most dramatically on “Joy” and the title track to her last album, 2011’s Blessed, which was sandwiched between two stunning covers in the encore: J.J. Cale’s “Magnolia” and Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World.” Beyond the musical genres, though, Williams truly showcased her poetic voice, as found in such works as “Lake Charles” and “Righteously,” where she put down her guitar to focus on the raplike delivery. The hints of her next album in the unreleased “Something Wicked This Way Comes” distilled her essence into three solid minutes, leaving the audience with the knowledge that so much more greatness is on the horizon. And as Williams, Mathis and company jammed within the confines of Young’s masterpiece to close out the night, Williams’ identity crystalized into that of a vessel for hope and courage in the greatest and toughest of times.

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Lucinda Williams playing Keswick Theatre on September 21 (playing her 1988 classic album in its entirety + more)

Lucinda Williams (self titled) 2 Lucinda Williams is playing the Keswick Theatre on Saturday, September 21. She’ll be celebrating the 25th anniversary release of her seminal alt-country classic self-titled 1988 album which included “Passionate Kisses,” “Crescent City,” “I Just Wanted To See You So Bad,” and “Changed The Locks” along with material from her other albums and fan favorites. Go here for tickets and more information about the show.

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Everything But The Truth” by Lucinda Williams

lucindawilliams Lucinda Williams has contributed a new song to The Lone Ranger: Wanted on Walt Disney Records. The collection is a companion to the The Lone Ranger, starring Jonny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as The Lone Ranger, opening on July 3rd. The album includes new songs by Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, Iggy Pop, Iron & Wine, Gomez, and others. Go here to listen to “Everything But The Truth” via Billboard Magazine. Below the album’s track list, you can also listen to Iron & Wine’s “Rattling Bone.” The album is on on Tuesday, July 2. Continue reading →

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Photo Recap: Saturday at Philadelphia Folk Festival with Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, Philly Local Showcase and more


Saturday was a huge day at the 51st Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival, kicking off with a WXPN Philly Local Showcase, continuing through a Steve Earle / Lucinda Williams collaboration and peaking with a rousing set by Little Feat. Check out a photo recap in the gallery above.

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Philadelphia Folk Festival announces lineup including Lucinda Williams, John Hiatt, Wanda Jackson, Steve Earle and more


The lineup for the 51st annual Philadelphia Folk Festival, August 17th through August 19th at Old Pool Farm in Upper Salford Township, near Schwenksville, PA.was announced today. Highlights include Lucinda Williams, John Hiatt, Steve Earle and The Dukes, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Wanda Jackson, and Little Feat. Other performers include Strand Of Oaks, City & Colour, The Secret Sisters, The Holmes Brothers, Arborea, Chris Bathgate and more. Go here for tickets and more information about the weekend and the lineup. WXPN’s Gene Shay will once again host the festival.

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This Weekend: World Cafe 20th Anniversary performances featuring John Hiatt, Indigo Girls, Dawes, Feist, Lucinda Williams, Amos Lee, and more

Indigo Girls

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28th
John Hiatt + Indigo Girls, The Little Willies at World Cafe Live (6 p.m., $95–$190)

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29th
It has been four years since Feist won our hearts with her Apple-approved, quirky tunes on her breakthrough album, The Reminder. Though her recently released follow up, Metals, still features the Canadian singer’s watery vocals and emphasis on guitar strumming, her latest album offers a more serious tone than the poppy cheer of songs like “1 2 3 4” and “I Feel It All.” Instead, Metals delves into more musical explosions that turn on the listener amidst the artist’s expected soft guitar picking. Tracks like “Comfort Me” introduce sudden chorus chanting after two minutes of quiet singing, while the aptly titled “A Commotion” features a fast-paced battle between strings and piano with the sudden shout of the song’s title by an angry-sounding group of men. Though much of Feist’s new material has a heavier flavor—both in lyrical content and through instrumental diversity—you can still bet she’d be able to sell a whole other batch iPod Nanos with her radio-friendly charm. Feist performs with Dawes, Lucinda Williams, and a surprise guest at World Cafe Live; tickets to the all-ages show are $100-$200. —Marielle Mondon

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30th
Campaign For The Music Party with Amos Lee + Rhett Miller, Susan Tedeschi, and Derek Trucks at World Cafe Live ($500 or larger donation to WXPN’s Campaign For The Music)

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Just Announced: Lucinda Williams to perform acoustic set Saturday night at World Cafe Live (opening for Dawes and Feist)

Lucinda Williams is performing tomorrow night in Allentown at the Allentown Symphony Hall, and she’ll also be at the Keswick on Saturday night. However, she also wanted to be a part of the World Cafe 20th Anniversary shows, so she is going to be making a special appearance playing an acoustic set on Saturday night at World Cafe Live, opening for Dawes and Feist. Having Lucinda be a part of this night is going to be amazing—but!—there’s still going to be another (as yet unannounced) special guest. (Stay tuned for details about that…)