Lucinda Williams to play Northampton's Calvin Theatre Aug. 4

Veteran alt-country singer Lucinda Williams returns to Northampton Aug. 4 with a performance at the Calvin Theatre. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 29, at 10 a.m. for $45, $35 and $25 via

Williams, 59, has over the years built herself into one of music’s most feeling acts, channeling the deepest parts of her soul into songs that can lacerate, or sooth. Her most recent album, last year’s “Blessed,” was just her 10th in a career stretching to her first release, the countrified “Ramblin’.” That album came out in 1979. Although she had success as a songwriter, her breakthrough as a performer wouldn’t come for another 19 years, until she released “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road” in 1998.

After a handful of particularly dark albums in the 2000s, she seems to have found an equilibrium, and her recent(ish) live performances have reflected it.

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