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Lucinda Williams

When: Fri., Oct. 2, 8 p.m. 2015

LUCINDA WILLIAMS

MEMORIAL HALL, CHAPEL HILL

FRIDAY, OCT. 2

In late January, Lucinda Williams celebrated her 62nd birthday by having more than a little wine backstage at Durham's Carolina Theatre. She was in town to present an adaptation of Flannery O'Connor's first book and to discuss it for the space's new movie-and-music series, Film:Acoustic. By the time the host finally asked her to play a few songs, Williams was properly in her cups. But she picked up the guitar, strummed a few chords and delivered a version of "Compassion," a poem written by her late father. The crowd stared on transfixed as Williams, cautiously pivoting between chords, turned a simple folk strummer into a blues stunner about tragic woes and the beautiful perseverance that can beat them back. For the last four decades, Williams has gotten better at doing just that, or in giving very difficult circumstances very vivid and life-affirming readings. Last year's two-disc set, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone, is a definitive high point in a brilliant and long career. Her first self-released album after being ejected from the major-label system, it's also a testament to the resilience that, in her 60s, she's found where the spirit meets the bone. With Buick 6. 8 p.m., $44$84, 114 E. Cameron Ave., Chapel Hill, 919-843-3333,

www.carolinaperformingarts.org. —Grayson Haver Currin

Price: $10-$89

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