A lifetime of hard experience still resides in the soulful cracks and crevices of Lucinda Williams's expressive drawl. But the emotional tumult that fueled many of her songs turned to bliss when she found true romance with Minnesota native Tom Overby. The couple married onstage at First Avenue two years ago, and Williams now returns to the scene of the nuptials, band in tow, following a trio of solo gigs at the Dakota last February. Her latest album, appropriately dubbed Blessed, emphatically disproves fears that happiness would derail Williams's muse or her instinctive Americana blend of blues, country, rock, and folk. Genuine love songs like "Kiss Like Your Kiss" and "Sweet Love" do turn up on Blessed, but so do the lacerating "Buttercup" and songs with a wider emotional and philosophical range than Williams had previously tackled. With Blake Mills. 18+.
Wed., Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m., 2011
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