Lucinda Williams Plays the Non-Hits at Mesa Arts Center
Lucinda Williams on stage at Mesa Arts Center.
It takes some chutzpah to read your lyrics off a music stand. When you've been dubbed "America's Greatest Songwriter" by Time magazine (a publication that's not known for its music criticism, but nonetheless notable in any grand pronouncement) you get such latitude without question though, as country singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams showed at Mesa Arts Center last night.
Wearing red jeans and lace-down black blouse and spikey black hair an inch off her shoulder, the 56-year--old Louisiana native was charmingly nervous addressing the crowd between songs, sharing liner note-style background information like an artist on VH1 "Storytellers." The stripped down show she played wouldn't have sounded out of place in a coffee house, but felt just as intimate in the cavernous but warm theater, which Williams praised for its soft acoustics.
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