Thursday at the Englert: Dar Williams to celebrate the 20th anniversary of her debut album

Dar Williams
Dar Williams’ debut album, The Honesty Room (pictured), is nearly legal!

Dar Williams w/ Lucy Wainwright Roche

Englert Theatre — Thursday, June 12 at 8 p.m. ($25)

Folk-pop musician Dar Williams will be playing at the Englert this Thursday at 8 p.m. The much-loved songwriter should be a hit for anyone who could go for a second shot of mature, well-written folk after the Indigo Girls’ show during last weekend’s Iowa Arts Festival.

Williams’ current tour marks the 20th anniversary of the release of her debut album, The Honesty Room. Praised for it’s clever and inventive songwriting upon it’s release, the album has aged remarkably well in the past two decades, as her musings on gender roles and sexual politics within the album have grown more and more resonant.

Joan Baez notably covered one of the album’s best tracks, “You’re Aging Well,” a beautiful song about adolescence and aging, and incidentally, very much indebted to Baez’s work in the ’60s folk revival movement. Soon after covering the song, Baez brought Williams on tour, exposing her to a much larger audience. Indeed, before getting Baez’ endorsement, Williams’ had to self-release The Honesty Room, though it was eventually re-released by the label Razor and Tie as its popularity grew.

Beginning her career in the coffeehouse-folk circuit in Boston, Williams’ live performances are imbued with the kind of intimacy that can make even a venue the size of the Englert feel small and cozy. She’ll be joined this Thursday by singer-songwriter Lucy Wainwright Roche, half sister of Rufus Wainwright.

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