June 10, 2009
Lucinda Williams’ performance at Covington, Kentucky’s Madison Theater on June 10 touched upon all phases of her career. An iconic figure that crosses the barriers of country, folk and rock, Williams’ confident vocals, resonating lyrics, and tight backing unit, Buick 6, made for a rousing evening’s entertainment.
Williams serenaded the sold out crowd with moving versions of "Essence" and "Blue." Drawing heavily from her blockbuster 2008 album, Little Honey, Williams provided fiery guitar picking on "Well Well Well" and the radio friendly anthem, "Real Love."
Williams’ treatments of "Joy" and "Drunken Angel" sought out a fresh, reserved maturity within the graceful artist, and Buick 6 poured musical gasoline over the flames of "Unsuffer Me." And, the band and leader coalesced loosely on the soaring epic "Little Rock Star" and driving, blues rocker, "Honey Bee."
Powering through "Atonement," Williams’ deadpan delivery stunned the packed floor into a rapturous silence. Wearing a Lynyrd Skynyrd babydoll t shirt, Williams swayed from side to side, belting out her playful composition, "Righteously," that had more than a few Madison Theater patrons dancing out the door into the seasonably warm night air with fulfilled expectations and smiles that belied a rare treat from Lucinda Williams and Buick 6.