Out on the road supporting her Little Honey record, Lucinda Williams played Boulder’s Chautauqua Auditorium supported by her touring band, Buick 6.
Introduced as the band that gives you more “say so for your peso” and “zen for your yen,” Buick 6, who recorded their own album at Lucinda’s suggestion, played a half-hour instrumental set (their album cover is of Lucinda with duct tape over her mouth) ending with a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog.”
When Lucinda quietly took the stage she immediately launched into Sweet Baby.
“This next one is the title song off my second Folkways album, Happy Woman Blues.”
Happy Woman Blues
“This is from the Happy Woman Blues album also, it’s called ‘I Lost It.’ It was also recorded on the Car Wheels record.”
I Lost It
“This is off the self-titled Rough Trade album. It’s a song that Emmylou Harris recorded called ‘Crescent City.’”
“This is off the Lost Highway title song.”
Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
“This is off the new album, it’s called ‘Tears of Joy.’”
Tears of Joy
“This is a song on the self-titled album of mine, I was very fortunate to have had Mary Chapin Carpenter record this. Because of her recording of this song a lot of doors were opened for me.”
“This is called ‘Blue.’”
“This is called ‘West.’”
“This is called ‘Metal Firecracker.’ We’re trying to span across albums as much as we can, songs from different ones.”
“This is called ‘Out of Touch.’”
Out of Touch
“This was recorded by a band called the Silos and it was also recorded by Tom Petty.”
Changed the Locks
“Let me introduce the band to y’all. The band is Buick 6, they have their own CD out and T-shirts and stuff. They’re opening all the shows on this run. Over here on keyboards, and steel and guitar from Portland, Oregon, Mr. Chet Lyster. Over here on guitars from New York City, Mr. Eric Schermerhorn. Back here on bass, from Tucson, Arizona Mr. David Sutton, and on drums from San Francisco, California, Mr. Butch Norton.”
“This is off the new album, it’s called ‘Honey Bee.’”
Took My Joy
“Thank you very much, y’all have been a great audience. Thank you, give it up for Buick 6, love and peace.”
After a short break they were back.
“This is an old delta blues song by a guy named Lil’ Son Jackson with the best title for a song I think I’ve ever heard. It’s called ‘Disgusted.’”
“This is called ‘Unsuffer Me.’”
“This is called ‘Righteously.’”
It’s A Long Way to the Top
“Thank you very much, y’all have been a great audience. Thank you, thank you for getting up and dancing, we really enjoyed it. Give it up for Buick 6.”
Side note: While her voice seemed to be in top form, Lucinda seemed to rely heavily on the binder of lyrics on the stand next to her mic throughout the night.