On February 5th, Lucinda Williams will release her 12th studio album, The Ghosts of Highway 20. One month later, the Grammy winner will launch her latest tour, which kicks off in Los Angeles on March 4th and is currently set to wrap with a pair of shows at historic Gruene Hall in New Braunfels, Texas, April 22nd and 23rd. The trek includes a five-night stint at New York City’s City Winery beginning March 13th.
The Ghosts of Highway 20 weaves a spellbinding 14-track narrative that’s centered on the 1,500-mile stretch of highway (Interstate 20) that runs in part from Georgia to Texas, and finds the singer-songwriter experimenting with unique arrangements, aided by guitarists Bill Frisell and Greg Leisz. In “Louisiana Story,” Williams evokes iconic Southern imagery, taking inspiration from the poems of her legendary father, poet Miller Williams, who died on New Year’s Day 2015, and reinterpreting Bruce Springsteen’s brooding “Factory.” She also puts her own musical stamp on “House of Earth,” which features a set of lost Woody Guthrie lyrics.
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In September, the grief over the loss of her father still palpable, Williams was overcome with emotion when she performed “Ghosts of Highway 20” and other songs alongside friends Rosanne Cash and Emmylou Harris during Cash’s Country Music Hall of Fame residency.
Here are Lucinda Williams’ 2016 tour dates:
March 4 – Los Angeles, CA @ Royce Hall at UCLA
March 9 & 10 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Café Live
March 12 – New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall
March 13, 14, 16, 17 & 18 – New York, NY @ City Winery
March 19 – Tarrytown, NY @ Tarrytown Music Hall
March 21 & 22 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
March 24 & 25 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
March 26 – Kent, OH @ Kent Stage
March 28 & 29 – Ann Arbor, MI @ The Ark
March 30 – Nelsonville, OH @ Stuart’s Opera House
April 1-3 – Chicago, IL @ Old Town School of Folk Music
April 5, 6, 8 & 9 – Minneapolis, MN @ Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
April 12 & 13 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
April 14 – Breckenridge, CO @ Riverwalk Center
April 17 & 18 – Dallas, TX @ The Kessler Theater
April 22 & 23 – New Braunfels, TX @ Gruene Hall