Winding Roads

Hot on the heels of her appearance with Charles Lloyd and the Marvels a couple of months ago at the Lobero Theatre, Lucinda Williams’s show on Tuesday was a nostalgic affair, blue but buoyant. Featuring songs from her latest release “”The Ghosts of Highway 20” which are all about remembrances of the signposts passed during a full life, it’s losses, twists and turns, and chock full of Lucinda’s trademark dark and compelling poetic imagery. Some of her best known and loved work from previous releases and hits were woven into the set, much to the delight of the audience. Ms Williams’s uniquely dark and dusky voice sounded especially gripping in the intimacy of the beautiful Lobero, which became her favorite venue after her first appearance there in 2015, and she was clearly enjoying herself during this show. Aaron Lee Tasjan, hailing from Nashville, performed a vigorous opening set that clearly belied his lyric “I write jokes and call ’em songs…” with wise, eclectic and humorously self-deprecating songs set to rollicking folk/power trio arrangements. Two artists with quite different approaches to highly personal introspections about their lives made for an evening of great music.