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Lucinda Williams's third record (called Lucinda Williams) is a charmer, released on Rough Trade, of all labels. She's a country gal unapologetically, and if her record, production-wise, is a melange of messy 70s influences (particularly Linda Ronstadt and Bonnie Raitt), she overwhelms them with a wary integrity and an eye for the perfect lyric. "These boots are the same ones I was wearin' then / And this beer I'm drinkin' is the same old brand / But these blues are somethin' new / They came around when I lost you." On the heroic "Changed the Locks," she essays the same trick with train tracks that Johnny Cash did in the immortal "Folsom Prison Blues," which is to say that she tries to move them through sheer force of will. And word is that live she can almost do it. Tonight, 11 PM, Cabaret Metro, 3730 N. Clark; 549-0203.

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