Most people who like music have heroes; gods and goddesses to the fans who follow them through good times and bad. These are the artists we dream about seeing live and the ones the morbid among us say we want played at our funerals when we’re dead.
There are three musical goddesses in my life and I’ve been lucky enough to see two of them. Joni Mitchell and Emmylou Harris are treasured memories and tomorrow night the triumvirate will be complete when Lucinda Williams plays Wellington.
What makes her so good? Well, she’s a great singer, guitarist and songwriter. When she’s not singing her own songs she has impeccable musical taste in the songs she chooses to cover. She works with truly talented musicians and she lets them shine. She’s got one of the world’s best accents. And she makes a straw cowboy hat look cool.
It’s been quite a wait – I have the first recording I bought of hers on vinyl (yes I am a thousand years old but Lucinda’s been around a while too). Let’s hope it’s worth it.