The queen of Southern Gothic lyrics and roots that ramble from country to gospel, blues, and gritty rock, Lucinda Williams has become a cult icon, with her career now marking its 30th anniversary. To celebrate, she'll kick off a fall tour with this show at First Avenue that promises to cover material from every one of her nine studio albums, including last year's relatively upbeat Little Honey. And that'll just be a warm-up. In cities where she's playing multiple nights, including New York and Chicago, each night will focus on a different era of her career. It's that kind of ambitious vision that has added to her reputation as a perfectionist willing to bare her soul through her lyrics and put it all on the line as a performer. Backed by her band, Buick 6, the performances on this tour are likely to be the musical equivalent of passionate kisses. And speaking of passion, Williams will up the ante at her show in Minneapolis with a special addition: In between her regular set and her encore, Williams and fiancée Tom Overby (who is a Twin Cities native) will have their wedding ceremony right on the First Avenue stage. 21+.
Fri., Sept. 18, 7 p.m., 2009