ALT.COUNTRY royalty Lucinda Williams has announced she’s doing her bit to help the venues and promoters she’s worked with down the years with a half-dozen themed live-stream shows called Lu’s Jukebox, running from this week right up to New Year’s Eve.
The six Lu’s Jukeboxes will mostly feature her fronting a full band in HD stream, performing sets of covers. It all kicks off at 7pm Central Time this Thursday, October 29th (that’s 1am on the Friday, Greenwich Mean Time) with Running Down A Dream: A Tribute To Tom Petty, featuring songs from his celebrated career in advance of his 70th birthday.
Tickets for the series of shows are available to purchase now over at Mandolin – and they’ll all be raising funds to assist some of our favourite promoters and venues through these lean times in our collective live cultural sphere. You can find a list of the benefiting bodies below, each of which will receive a proportion of ticket sales.
Lucinda says: “We’ve actually wanted to do a cover series for a long time now, but never had the time with my touring schedule.
“I guess the silver lining in all of this has been to be able to really get inside the songs of some of my favorite artists – see what makes them tick.
“My hope for this project is that we’ll be able to help as many venues as we can. They’re our homes, as artists. We have to take care of them, for the sake of live music to come.”
Details of the remaining five shows in the series are as follows:
Episode 2, Thursday, November 12th, Southern Soul: From Memphis to Muscle Shoals & More;
Episode 3, Thursday, November 19th, Bob’s Back Pages: A Night Of Bob Dylan Songs;
Episode 4, Thursday, December 3rd, Funny How Time Slips Away: A Night Of 60s’ Country Classics;
Episode 5, Thursday, December 17th, Have Yourself A Rockin’ Little Christmas With Lucinda, and
Episode 6, New Year’s Eve, It’s Only Rock And Roll: A Tribute To The Rolling Stones.
All shows, as with the first, will commence at 7pm Central Time, 1am Friday GMT.
Like thousands of artists, Williams cut her teeth and developed her craft by playing in small, medium and large clubs throughout the world. These venues are vital to the development of artists and their music. Lucinda’s never forgotten her roots: the following venues and promoters will receive a proportion of ticket sales Stateside. Planet Bluegrass, Telluride, Colorado; The Dakota, Minneapolis; Production Simple, Louisville; Cat’s Cradle, Haw River/Carrboro, North Carolina; Capitol Theatre, Clearwater, Florida; State Theatre, Portland, Oregon; AMP Concerts, New Mexico; Freight & Salvage, Berkeley, California; World Café Live, Philadelphia; The City Winery, in New York, Boston and Nashville; Flying Saucer Presents, Ponte Vedra, Florida; The Pageant, St Louis, Missouri; ACL Live, Austin, Texas; Troubadour, Los Angeles; True West, Portland, and Seattle; First Avenue, Minneapolis; Koncerts, New England; the Pabst Theater Group, Milwaukee; SPACE/Thalia Hall, Chicago; Tipitina’s, New Orleans, and The Birchmere, Alexandria, Virginia.
And in Europe: The Black Deer Festival, Tunbridge Wells; SAGE Gateshead; John Fell, Birmingham; Todd Wills, Bristol; Regular Music, Scotland; Aiken Promotions, Ireland; the Kilkenny Arts Festival, Ireland; Mercury Wheels, Spain, and the Paradiso, Amsterdam.