Tuesday 18th August 2020 7.30pm
All Seats £29.25
“It’s all come full circle,” says Lucinda Williams about her powerful new album, Good Souls. Better Angels. After more than forty years of music making, the pioneering, Louisiana-born artist has returned to the gritty blues foundation that first inspired her as a young singer-songwriter in the late 1970s.
After spending the last year on her sold-out 'Car Wheels on a Gravel Road' 20th Anniversary tour, Williams has reunited with that game-changing 1998 album’s co-producer and engineer Ray Kennedy, recording Good Souls, Better Angels with her ace touring band at his Nashville studio. Joining them as co-producer is Williams’ manager Tom Overby, to whom she’s been married for a decade and who contributed lyrics to her masterful songcraft. 'That’s what I always dreamed of – a relationship with someone I could create with', Williams enthuses.
The result – Good Souls, Better Angels – is the most topical album of Williams’ career. From the driving blues of the opening track You Can’t Rule Me to the ominous gothic Pray the Devil Back to Hell, from punk-blues-fuelled Bone of Contention to fire ‘n brimstone Drop by Drop (Big Rotator), Williams has never been more raw and direct, with gut-punching wordplay crossing the Good Book with hip-hop with Ginsbergian beat poetry.
Giving voice to all her experience, Williams ends Good Souls, Better Angels with the luminous Good Souls, one of the last songs written for the album. It is a deeply moving invocation: “Keep me with all of those/who help me find strength/when I’m feeling hopeless/who guide me along/And help me stay strong and fearless.”
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