May 28, 2003
Sonic Bender in Progress
Luka Bloom was only the beginning of my current musical binge. Met up with Mike at the Bowery Ballroom to catch Lucinda Williams last night. Lu sported blonde, eye-skimming, layered, feathery locks, a tiny tank top, lowrider jeans with a humongous silver belt buckle, and a big Celtic-animal looking tattoo on her upper arm. Lord, I hope I'm that hot when I'm fifty. Seriously, though, what a great, raspy voice. Love the lyrics and the twang of her songs. "Ventura," one of her newer tunes, just pulled me into the "ocean of love" that she sings about. Yes, Lady C is a sap and not three songs in she was brushing away tears. Impressions: bluesy, rootsy, rocky - Lucinda Williams makes the kind of music that you pop in the tape deck as you drive down a dusty two lane back road. And if she can work Nacogdoches somewhere into a song, just because she can, more power to her.
Great venue for a show - good sound, and you can get up close to the stage if you want. Apparently it's a good place to spot the boldface names, but as some of you know by now, that's not really my forte.
Tonight, it's Suzanne Vega, same venue, sure to be another great show.