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orange peel redux

last time i wrote about the orange peel it was after feeling unfairly violated by security at an ozomatli show two years ago.
i went back last night for the lucinda williams show and am THRILLED to report that entry was smooth and easy and my civil rights remained intact. everybody was friendly and there were no harsh searches or pat downs or anything. it was amazingly refreshing.
lucinda williams. her voice is one in a million. she makes me believe she’s had a grizzled life and lived to sing about it. she was on.
she did a 3 song encore. and after that came BACK OUT for one more – cover of buffalo springfield’s ‘for what it’s worth.’ she left the stage triumphant yelling ‘peace love and revolution.’
the vintage empress in me thinks it was too bad she and her lead guitarist were wearing basically matching blue bandanna style western shirts.
dylan leblanc opened for her. this kid is GOING PLACES. mark my words. 21 years old from shreveport louisiana. looks like townes van zandt. great stage presence. haunting emotional raw voice a la jim james, proficient moving finger style guitar, he’ll be back at the orange peel in june opening for the drive-by truckers. don’t miss it. his cover of bruce springsteens ‘i’m on fire’ was imminently memorable and smoldering.