Lucinda Williams strode onto the Showbox's stage last night at approximately 9:15, accompanied by her sterling backing band, Buick 6. Williams gigging in such an intimate setting was a rarity, something she hinted at by remarking, "It's great to be playing a rock club." Later she gushed that those assembled were "every performer's dream audience; you're quiet during the quiet songs, and you rock during the loud ones."
Williams opened her set with two relatively quaint ditties: "Rescue" from West and "Ventura" from World Without Tears. Clad in brown jeans, a white blouse, black leather vest, push-up bra, and a ton of eyeliner, Williams resembled a female Alice Cooper with just-been-fucked hair. Her most visually alluring bandmate was drummer Butch Norton, a beefy, goateed, "big bad daddy" (Williams' words) dressed in a pale cowboy hat and and black t-shirt whose enthusiastic demeanor set the tone for the whole evening.
While Williams managed to play half a dozen songs off her new album, Little Honey, her set was delightfully expansive, reaching all the way back to her 1980 debut album ("I Lost It") and even further during the encore, when she covered Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth." And while it seemed a bit peculiar to dedicate "Drunken Angel" to the recently deceased Mitch Mitchell, somehow Williams and the boys made the irreverent homage seem sweet.
The entire set list can be viewed after the jump:
3. Circles & X's
4. I Lost It
5. Tears of Joy
6. Right In Time
7. Real Love
9. Out of Touch
11. Hey Little Rock Star
12. Drunken Angel
13. Real Live Bleedin' Fingers & Broken Guitar Strings
14. Come On
15. Honey Bee
17. Down Like That
18. For What It's Worth
19. It's a Long Way to the Top If You Wanna Rock 'n Roll