An Evening with Lucinda Williams @ UCLA Live 1.27. -

One of America’s finest singer-songwriters, Lucinda Williams’ substantial talents transcend the genres she works so handily with, from folk to blues and country-rock. After breaking out of the underground, she cemented her place in popular music with 1998’s Car Wheels On a Gravel Road. TIME magazine named her “America’s best songwriter” in 2002 and she’s won three Grammy awards (and counting). Her latest work, the emotional and evocative Blessed was released in March 2011 and was quickly hailed by many critics and fans as her finest work to date. Whether she’s plugged-in and backed by a full band, or solo with her guitar, Lucinda’s forthright style and authentic warmth always tug at the heartstrings and stimulate the mind.

It will be a very special evening of Lucinda’s forthright style and authentic warmth. She will perform a solo acoustic set, then a duo with rising guitar star Blake Mills, then a rousing set with her full band, featuring Mills on guitar. And, Blake will open the evening with a short solo performance set. The 23-year-old L.A. native, formerly of the rock outfit Dawes, has forged a remarkable career that has seen everyone from Kid Rock to Cass McCombs solicit his services as a guitarist. He’s been on tour with Lucinda throughout 2011 and recently released his debut solo album Break Mirrors, which comes out of a long tradition of mellow Southern California rock.

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