Old Times

Odds and ends from the back pages of the Arkansas Times
Sept. 5, 1974. The first issue of what would soon become the Arkansas Times.

Sept. 5, 1974. The first issue of what would soon become the Arkansas Times.

June 1978.

June 1978.

From a 1992 subscription card.

From a 1992 subscription card.

It is easy to get the blues for singer/guitarist Lucinda Williams. She has the kind of deep, rough, sultry voice — the likes of Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, Ornette Coleman, Sippie Wallace, and Bessie Smith — that has come to stand for the Blues. She recently played and sang through three nights, three sets a night at the White Water Tavern in Little Rock and demonstrated a command of material and a sense of audience well beyond her twenty-six years. Moving easily from the Delta Blues of Robert Johnson, to A.P. Carter’s Negro spiritual-rooted country, to finally her own slowed down version of Bob Dylan, Lucinda managed to captivate the loud, beer-drinking audience to the point of anticipation. Her own strong compositions, primarily country-folk songs, were also well-received and, before the night was over, requested.

—"Lucinda Williams: An Arkansas Singer Whose Star Rising" by Bruce Weigl, Sept. 1979

July 1979

July 1979