Steven Van Zandt to bring Lucinda Williams to Count Basie Theatre

Lucinda Williams will perform at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, Oct. 29.

Steven Van Zandt, who is on the board of trustees of the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, will be involved with an Oct. 29 concert there by singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams.

The show is billed as “Citi presents Little Steven’s Underground Garage starring Lucinda Williams & Friends,” and Van Zandt will serve as the evening’s host.

(Oct. 20 Update: Jesse Malin and The Woggles have been added as opening acts.)

Tickets, priced from $29 to $89, go on sale Sept. 15 at noon; visit countbasietheatre.org. The identity of the “Friends” has not yet been announced.

On Sept. 29, Williams will release This Sweet Old World, a 25th anniversary re-recording of her Sweet Old World album, with new renditions of the album’s 12 songs.

According to a press release:

The third track on the 1992’s Sweet Old World, “He Never Got Enough Love” is transformed with additional verses, new sound and new title, “Drivin’ Down A Dead End Street”, which was the song’s original title. Williams changed it upon the realization that Bob Dylan had a current album with a similar name.

The arrangements on This Sweet Old World are tighter and rawer than the original and feature Williams’ fantastic touring/studio band: guitarist Stuart Mathis, bassist David Sutton, and drummer Butch Norton. Guitarist Greg Leisz, who actually participated in the early sessions for the 1992 album, adds his masterful playing to the new recordings.

If re-recording an entire studio album was not already an unprecedented move, Williams and company chose to re-record the four tracks that were not included on the original release. This Sweet Old World features new versions of “Factory Blues,” “Dark Side of Life,” John Anderson’s “Wild and Blue” and the John Leventhal/Jim Lauderdale-penned “What You Don’t Know.”

“Everything’s different now. It’s a different band, it’s a different studio, my voice is different,” says Williams. “It’s like a new album.”

The Dylan comment apparently refers to “Ninety Miles An Hour (Down a Dead End Street),” which was not, actually, an album title, but a song on his 1988 album, Down in the Groove.

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