With com­pas­sion: Lucinda Wil­liams

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Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone , Lucinda Wil­liams’ first re­lease from her own la­bel, High­way 20 Records, is a dou­ble al­bum of 18 orig­i­nal songs writ­ten since her mother’s death in 2004, as well as a cover of “Mag­no­lia,” by J.J. Cale, and “Com­pas­sion,” a col­lab­o­ra­tion with her fa­ther, poet Miller Wil­liams. The al­bum is rife with Wil­liams’ un­mis­tak­able bro­ken-throated de­spair — and with some un­ex­pected rock and roll from the singer-song­writer who pi­o­neered Amer­i­cana and alt-coun­try long be­fore there was a name for what she did with her deep-South-coun­try-soul in­flu­ences. Wil­liams plays cuts from her new al­bum at the Lensic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter (211 W. San Fran­cisco St.) on Wed­nes­day, Feb. 18, at 7:30 p.m. Check for ticket avail­abil­ity by call­ing 505-988-1234. — Jen­nifer Levin

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