Williams to perform tonight at Shearman Fine Arts Center

By Special to the American Press

Lake Charles native and three-time Grammy winner Lucinda Williams will be in concert here — for the first time ­— at 7:30

p.m. today, May 21, in the Shearman Fine Arts Center.

Williams, born here in 1953 while her father was a McNeese professor, said Bob Dylan remains her primary songwriting influence.

She discovered Dylan in 1965 ­— at age 12 — when “Highway 61 Revisited” was released and started comparing her songs to his.

Her career ambled along until 1992 when Mary Chapin Carpenter recorded Williams’ “Passionate Kisses,” which was a double Grammy

winner — Williams for writing the song and Carpenter for her rendition.

Five years later, “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road” won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album.

Williams’ appearance here will be her fifth stop on a six-week tour through the Southeast. In September, her 12th full-length

album, “Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone,” will be released.

Bill Shearman