Lucinda Williams: It's Only Rock & Roll (2020)
Anyway, every musician is finding their own way to deal with the pandemic lockdown, but Williams' year-end run of live-in-studio shows was particularly noteworthy. She put on 6 nights of full-band performances beginning in late October, all thematic tribute shows. In addition to shows dedicated to Tom Petty and Bob Dylan covers, she also offered nights of country classics, soul classics, and Christmas music. She capped it off with a New Year's Eve show of Stones covers, and it's fantastic.
Not surprisingly, Williams comfortably slips into the Stones' country-tinged material like "Dead Flowers," "Sway," "No Expectations," and "Salt of the Earth." But she also reworks straight-ahead rock & roll classics from "Get Off My Cloud" to "Street Fighting Man," not to mention a riveting "Moonlight Mile." An amazing way to see out a truly terrible year.
All 6 nights are available for purchase on Williams' website; treat yourself to a late holiday gift!
Here's "No Expectations":This one's not from the show, but here's Lucinda singing "Happy":Also not from the show but, as long as we're here, how about Elvis Costello singing "Wild Horses," with Lucinda on back-up vocals?