April 8, 2022 7:30 pm
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Lucinda Williams & Her Band: Michigan Theater/Acoustic Routes/The Ark.

A roots-music icon is in the midst of a career renaissance, according to Rolling Stone, this smoky-voiced singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams has returned to touring after recovering from a stroke suffered in November 2020. “Can’t keep me down for too long,” Williams says. “The main thing is I can still sing. I’m singing my ass off.” Her songs blend b traditional blues, country, Cajun, R&B, and rock ‘n’ roll forms with highly charged and at times desperately inventive ballad-style lyrics that take their inspiration as much from the southern Gothic fiction of Flannery O’Connor and Eudora Welty as from traditional song. But unlike many self-consciously literate singer-songwriters, she bases her singing style on an expressive repertoire of vocal tones, timbres, and other nonverbal devices. Proceeds benefit the Breakfast at St. Andrew’s daily meal program. 7:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $45-$65 in advance at ticketmaster.com and (if available) at the door. Mask and proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within 72 hours) required. 662-0600.