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Blessed With Lucinda Williams

Egyptian Theatre, July 3

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Lucinda Williams is hard to pin down. The rock/country/folk/blues singer-songwriter was nominated for three Grammys in 2002: Best Female Country, Pop and Rock Vocal Performance--she took the latter award home.

But that wasn't Williams' first brush with the Grammys. After decades playing honky tonks and crooning throaty tales of hard drinking and harder loving, Williams won a Grammy for Best Country Song in 1994 for Mary Chapin Carpenter's cover of "Passionate Kisses." She followed that up with a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album for her 1998 smash hit Car Wheels on a Gravel Road.

Her music might be hard to pin down but her heart was not. In 2009, Williams giddily married her manager Tom Overby in front of 1,500 fans at a club in Minneapolis. Though some worried that marital bliss might sand down the rough edges of this notoriously soul-baring musician, her most recent album, Blessed, shows that's not the case.

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