Lucinda Williams @ Fayetteville Town Center
All photos by B “Café Con Leche” Gutierrez.
Singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams made a tour stop in Fayetteville, AR on Sunday, May 1. At the start of the show, Williams thanked the audience for braving the weather, as there was still lighting and thunder outside. The weather forecast for the area forced the show, originally to take place at the Arkansas Music Pavilion, to move indoors to the Fayetteville Town Center.
The venue was full for the sit-down show, and there were only a few standing (and dancing) at the back. The attendance didn’t come as a surprise, as Williams is regarded as one of Fayetteville’s sweethearts. So she knew she was performing to an audience that included great fans, friends, and her father, award-winning poet Miller Williams.
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Williams shared stories of how her songs came to life and shared details of inspiration behind some songs. From her lastest album, Blessed, she sang “Born To Be Loved” and “Buttercup,” which she called “the only bad-boy song in the new album.” She laughed and said that song was written for the same person that “Jailhouse Tears” was written.
The set was a great selection from all stages of her career. She made the audience travel with her songs from Arkansas, to Texas, to Louisiana. She sang ” Crescent City” in honor to New Orleans’ Jazz & Heritage Festival, where she’s headed in the next few days. Her Grammy-winner songwriting abilities are golden and shone bright at the show last night. Although, without a doubt, the highlight of the night was close to the end of the show, when she announced the death of Bin Laden.