Thursday, August 4, 2016
Lucinda Williams at Damrosch Park
Lucinda Williams tonight headlined a free concert sponsored by National Public Radio (NPR) as part of the Lincoln Center's annual summer Out-of-Doors series. Ann Powers, an NPR host, introduced Williams and conducted a brief interview before walking off and leaving Williams to launch into a 40-minute set. Williams sang and played acoustic guitars accompanied solely by Stuart Mathis on electric guitars. Stripped down like this, the songs and voice were even more potent than usual, from the opening "When I Look at the World" to a cheer-inducing closer, "Foolishness" ("I don't need no foolishness in my life …/I don't need no racism in my life …/I don't need no sexism in my life …/I don't need Donald Trump in my life …/"). At age 63, Williams' defiant spirit shone brightly, whether it challenged country music traditions or political disorder. Williams is a songwriter with a lot to say, but the curfew of the venue did not allow her ample time to express herself aptly.
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