Erika Wennerstrom, of the band “Heartless Bastards” opened the show at Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis, MD on Monday night. She shared an acoustic set of some of her solo work and credited Lucinda Williams with helping her get her start.
A Fine Wine
Wennerstrom says Williams is “like a fine wine” and “gets better and better with time”.
The end of the road
Lucinda Williams welcomes the crowd to one of the last shows of this leg of the tour.
Williams performed songs “Blessed”, “Pineola”, and “Metal Firecracker” to kick off the show.
It’s going to be scary!
Before Williams preformed “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road” she shared that she was in the process of starting her memoir. Williams stated “I don’t know how I’m going to do this. It’s going to be scary!” The crowd certainly didn’t seem scared and responded with sounds of elation to the news.
Sweet Old World
The Sweet Old World album is coming up on it’s 25th anniversary this year. Williams has re-recorded the album and added four bonus tracks of songs that she would perform when the album first came out. “I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about revisiting those old songs. It felt pretty good. We put kinda different things in some of them.”
The Ghosts of Highway 20
“I look at this song actually sort of like “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road” part two. In ‘Car Wheels’ I was the child in the backseat. A lIttle bit of dirt mixed with tears looking out the window. In “The Ghosts of Highway 20” I’m driving the car. A little bit of dirt mixed with tears looking out the window and looking back”
Born to be loved
During her introduction to “Memphis Pearl” Williams shared the inspiration for the song. “After I moved out to Los Angeles in ’84. I saw this woman digging through a trashcan. I tried to imagine who she was, where she was from, and what her story might be. That’s what inspired this song.”
“We have the money that’s the thing. Raise my taxes! I don’t care. There are plenty of people willing to share. There is no reason people should be on the street like that.” Williams went on to play “Born To Be Loved.”
The set included fan favorites such as “Honey Bee,” “Bleeding Fingers,” and “Side of the Road.” Williams filled the room with her soulful voice for over two hours while weaving in stories and meanings behind the songs. The evening ended with “Righteously” and “Right With God” for the encore. Before leaving the stage, Williams thanked the audience for coming out and for the gift they give to her.