Lowell Summer Music Series organizers are keeping us busy with an endless stream of announcements of upcoming shows at Boarding House Park as part of the 25th season of the popular concert series.
This week is no different as we have learned of two more shows: popular singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams on Friday, June 27, and the inimitable Peter Wolf on Friday, Aug. 22. Both shows take place at 7:30 p.m. The Wolf show is on sale now at lowellsummermusic.org, and Williams goes on sale Friday, April 11.
Let's take them chronologically.
Williams is amazingly in her 60s and it's incredibly been a quarter century since her eponymous CD came out in 1988, but it was her 1998 release, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, that moved her from critical acclaim into the late 1990s onslaught of popular female singer-songwriters (think Sarah MacLachlan, Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin, Fiona Apple and more).
A native of Lake Charles, La., Williams grew up on such icons as Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell. She moved from New Orleans to Austin, Texas, in the early 1970s before eventually making her way to Jackson, Miss., to release her first album, Ramblin' on My Mind, in 1979. She'd release more albums in the early 1980s before that self-titled album and its 1992 follow-up Sweet Old World got her tour dates with Rosanne Cash and Mary Chapin Carpenter.
That tour proved interesting not so much for the spotlight it gave Williams as a singer, but the exposure it gave her back catalog to other artists. Carpenter recorded Williams' "Passionate Kisses," which reached the top five of the country singles chart and earned Williams a Grammy for Country Song of the Year in 1993. Harris began covering her songs as did Tom Petty.
She's been releasing albums ever since, picking up multiple Grammy Awards and charting albums such as 2003's World Without Tears and a pair of live albums in 2005 and 2007. Her last studio album came out in 2011 but she's working on a new album that will come out later this year.
Peter Wolf has seemingly been around forever, both within and outside of the popular J. Geils Band. He cut his teeth as the founding singer of the Boston-based band in the late 1960s, before leaving the group in the mid 1980s for a successful solo career. He rejoined the band earlier this decade, only to see the band's namesake, J. Geils, out of the band.
Expect a fun night of blues, rock, and more when Wolf comes to town.
Lucinda Williams performs at Boarding House Park on June 27 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Lowell Summer Music Series. Tickets are $38 in advance, $45 day of the show and are on sale now at lowellsummermusic.org.
Peter Wolf and the Midnight Travelers come to Boarding House Park on Aug. 22 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $39 in advance, $45 day of the show.