From the St. Johns County Cultural Events Division
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL â€” The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, in partnership with Flying Saucer Presents, welcomes the return of three-time GrammyÂ Award winner Lucinda Williams on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. She performed May 25, 2014 in the same venue.
At 61, Lucinda Williams is in the middle of the most prolific period of her career. After 10 acclaimed studio albums, Williams refuses to rest on her laurels and continues to push her creative boundaries. Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone features 20 new songs, with 18 written solely by Williams.The albumâ€™s opening track, â€œCompassionâ€ marks a personal milestone for Williams, as it is the first time she has composed music for one of her fatherâ€™s (poet Miller Williams) poems. The album closes with an epic and gorgeous rendition of JJ Caleâ€™s â€œMagnolia.”
Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone is the first release on Lucinda Williamsâ€™ own Highway 20 Records label. Over the course of two discs, Williams leaves no emotional crevice left unexplored, drinking deeply from a well of inspiration that culminates with an offering that overflows with delta-infused country soul.
â€œI felt like I was really on a roll when we started working on the album,â€ says Williams, who produced the album with Greg Leisz and her husband Tom Overby.
While thereâ€™s no shortage of eureka moments on Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone, Lucinda digs deepest on â€œCompassion,â€ which is based on a poem that was published in 1997 by her father Miller Williams.
â€œIt was challenging to say the least,â€ she says. â€œFor years, Iâ€™ve wanted to take one of his poems and turn it into a song. You really have to take the poem apart and put it back together, you canâ€™t just sing it as is. Tom had said he felt it might work with â€˜Compassion,â€™ so I finally started working on it and came up with something. I told my father about it and he loved the idea, which made me really proud.â€
Williams has been maneuvering down a path all her own for more than three decades now, emerging from Lake Charles, Louisiana having been imbued with a â€œculturally rich, economically poorâ€ worldview. Several years of playing the hardscrabble clubs of her adopted state of Texas gave her a solid enough footing to record a self-titled album that would become a touchstone for the embryonic Americana movement â€”Â helping launch a thousand musical ships along the way.
Tickets for this general admission standing room only show go on sale this Friday, Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall and St. Augustine Amphitheatre Box Offices, ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets and by phone at (800) 745-3000.
IF YOU GO
- SHOW: Lucinda Williams and Her Band
- DATE: Tuesday, January 13, 2015
- TIME: Doors 7:00 p.m. / Show 8:00 p.m.
- TICKET PRICE: $40Â forÂ General Admission Standing Room Only:
- WEBSITES: www.lucindawilliams.com; www.pvconcerthall.com