Lucinda Williams W/Digital EP of Protest Songs

 

 

This ain’t your
parents protest music.

By Brian Creech

 

This might not come as a big surprise, but the thought of a
McCain/Palin administration terrifies Lucinda Williams.  So, she’s doing what any citizen born in a
democracy that (nominally) prizes dissent and protects free speech  would do: pick up a guitar and digitally
release a collection of classic, red-blooded protest songs.

 

The album, entitled Lu
in ’08
features covers of classics like Bob Dylan’s “Master’s of War” and
Buffalo Springfield’s “For What it’s Worth” alongside “Marching the Hate
Machines (Into the Sun),” a cover of a Thievery Corporation song featuring the
Flamin Lips.   The album also contains
four new songs from Williams, including her own protest song “Bone of
Contention,” which Williams has called a “swampy bluesy thing” in the vein of
ZZ Top and Tony Jo White.  The album is
set to be released on October 28th, a week before election day.

 

Concert goers who have heard this new song have called the
acoustic version amply aggressive, so no one should expect the downloadable
album to come packaged with a new brand of flower power.  It has been performed by Williams live
several times over the summer, the most famous instance being at a show in Lowell, MA
where the she had a minor breakdown on stage. 
When a fan requested her to play some Pink Floyd, she responded with a
rated R rant and said to the guy, “You don’t understand what it’s like up
here when someone yells something stupid like ‘Play some Pink Floyd.’ Fucking
leave. If you don’t want to hear it then fucking leave. You think it’s easy
doing this?”

 

On the Lucinda Williams’ message board over at
LucindaWilliams.com, “Bone of Contention” has been notable for its righteous
attitude and tendency to calm the singer’s nerves after she rants at fans.  One commenter noted that he would take a
minor freakout over the major freakouts from earlier in her career anyday.  Lucinda Williams kicks off her fall tour in Asheville, NC
on September 25th, so she may bless us with the ire of one of those
fabled freakouts yet.

 

Finally, in anticipation of the release of Lucinda Williams other new album, Little Honey, Lost Highway records is giving away all-expense paid
trip for two to New York to see Williams live
at the WaMu Theater in Madison
Square Garden
on October 3rd.   More info
can be found HERE.


Lucinda Williams Tour
Dates

 

 

THU-SEP-25 THOMAS WOLFE AUDITORIUM ASHEVILLE, NC

 FRI-SEP-26 HISTORIC TENNESSEE THEATRE KNOXVILLE,
TN

SAT-SEP-27 NORTH CHARLESTON
PERFORMING ARTS CENTER NORTH
CHARLESTON, SC

MON-SEP-29 BELK THEATRE CHARLOTE, NC

TUE-SEP-30 RALEIGH
MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM RALEIGH, NC

 FRI-OCT-3 THE THEATER
AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN NEW YORK, NY

SAT-OCT-4 SHUBERT THEATER NEW HAVEN, CT

TUE-OCT-7 HART THEATRE / THE EGG ALBANY, NY

WED-OCT-8 ORPHEUM THEATRE BOSTON, MA

THU-OCT-9 METROPOLIS MONTREAL,
QUE

SAT-OCT-11 MASSEY HALL TORONTO,
ONT

SUN-OCT-12 HARRO EAST BALLROOM ROCHESTER, NY

TUE-OCT-14 MICHIGAN THEATER
ANN ARBOR, MI

 WED-OCT-15 LIFESTYLE
COMMUNITIES PAVILION COLUMBUS,
OH

FRI-OCT-17 WAR MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM NASHVILLE, TN

 SUN-OCT-19 THE PAGEANT ST. LOUIS,
MO

MON OCT 20 UPTOWN THEATRE KANSAS CITY, MO

TUE-OCT-21 HOYT SHERMAN THEATRE DES MOINES, IA

 THU-OCT-23 FIRST AVENUE MINNEAPOLIS,
MN

FRI-OCT-24 RIVIERA THEATRE CHICAGO, IL 

WED-NOV-5 FIRST
AVENUE MINNEAPOLIS, MN

SUN-NOV-16 THE FILLMORE SAN FRANCISCO, CA

MON-NOV-17 THE FILLMORE SAN FRANCISCO, CA

 

 

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