Lucinda, Righteously

Saturday night we saw Lucinda Williams at the Orpheum Theatre. In her two-hour set she sang Rescue, Unsuffer Me, Come On, West and other cuts from West, her new release, plus Righteously, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, Joy, Those Three Days, and a number of older tunes. A snippet of pre-show conversation: “There’s so much heartache on her new album.” “Yeah, but she does heartache so well.” Her band was great, but for me it’s all about her lyrics and her sound. Each song is a story in which she can drawl, snarl, or plead in that low, raw voice. “Emmy Lou Harris mixed with Janis Joplin,” in the words of my friend.