Lucinda Williams' 1988 album, "Lucinda Williams," is one of my top 10 favorite albums of all time. The first time I caught her casual bluesy wail, I was hooked. Then I saw her live and I was sold. Though somewhat of a balladeer a la Parsons and Prine, the three-time Grammy award winning Williams is actually a rocker at heart. She is country, blues, rock 'n' roll, and an achingly beautiful example of Americana before the genre got crowded and vague. Williams' music is simply breathtaking.
Lucinda Williams with The Kenneth Brian Band and Teressa Wilcox performs Thursday, June 26, at Martin Luther King Jr Park at Manhattan Square, 353 Court Street. 6:30 p.m. $5. Cityofrochester.gov/pitp; lucindawilliams.com.