Lucinda Williams plans NY, LA runs, playing entire disc each night
Friday, July 20, 2007
– Lucinda Williams will play a five-night run of small venues shows in New York City and Los Angeles in September and early October. Williams will perform five of her eight
critically-acclaimed albums ("Lucinda Williams" (1988), "Sweet Old World"
(1990), "Car Wheels On A Gravel Road" (1998), "Essence" (2001) and "World
Without Tears" (2003)) in their entirety, one album per night.
Following each album performance, Williams and her band (guitarist Doug Pettibone, bassist David Sutton and drummer Butch Norton) will play a second set of material from her 2007 heavily-praised album "West" along with songs from
throughout her career.
Williams will perform at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles on Sept. 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10. After selling out New York's Radio City Music Hall in March, Williams will return to the Big Apple to play the first two shows at Irving Plaza on Sept. 29-30, followed by 3 shows at Manhattan's Town Hall on Oct. 2-4. Williams will be performing the albums in reverse chronological order, beginning with 2003's "World Without Tears" on the first night and ending with 1988's
"Lucinda Williams" on the final evening on each coast.
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