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Lucinda Williams Gets Married On Stage


Tom Overby & Lucinda Williams kissing
(c) 2009 photograph by Alan Messer

I received this bit of news in the form of a press release this morning. I'll just paste it below.

We can only be happy for Lucinda. But how does happiness change the songwriting of someone who's bitterness and loneliness has so informed her songwriting? We've heard it a bit on her latest record. It is the artist dilemma isn't it?

"Minneapolis, MN — Three-time Grammy Award winning, Lost Highway recording artist Lucinda Williams was married on-stage during a performance at the legendary venue First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN on Friday, September 18. Friends, family and fans were all in attendance to witness the nuptials, as the show was open to the public.

Williams, 56, born in Louisiana, wed her fiance/manager Tom Overby 50, a Twin Cities native following her full set with her band Buick 6. Williams followed in the footsteps of one of her heroes, the great Hank Williams, who married his second wife on stage in New Orleans. This is Williams' second marriage and Overby's first.


Marty Burgraff, Esa Katakanaki, Tom Overby , Lucinda Williams
(c) 2009 photograph by Alan Messer

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The show also kicked off Williams' 30th Anniversary Tour, celebrating her years as a recording artist. The tour will run throughout the US and Canada and include multi-night stands in New York, Chicago and Toronto. For more tour date's, go to