Finding love, finding fame
Although Williams is generally known as an album-oriented artist, her singles receive significant airplay on satellite radio and progressive rock stations. Her current single, "Real Love," has reached No. 22 on Billboard's Triple-A (adult album alternative) chart.
Williams' ninth studio album, "Little Honey," has two key themes. One is about the importance of finding true love. The other is about rock 'n' roll stardom. "Little Rock Star" is an empathetic look at self-destructive artists, while "Rarity" examines insidious pitfalls of the music industry. The album closes with a cover of AC/DC's ode to touring, "It's a Long Way to the Top."
"I wasn't consciously thinking of the connection," Williams said while on the road in Albany, N.Y. "Those songs just sort of stumbled together like that. Tom [Overby, co-producer of 'Little Honey'] came up with the idea of trying a cover of 'Long Way to the Top,' and he actually pointed out that similarity, that thread running through."
On Oct. 28, Williams will release "Lu in '08," a digital-only EP consisting of four protest songs, including a cover of Bob Dylan's "Masters of War."
The songs' subject matter, the EP's title and the timing of the release are all intended to influence fans' behavior when they go to the polls on Nov. 4. "I do want to affect people's thinking, but most of the time I feel like I'm preaching to the choir," Williams said. "When I go out and play live, I don't know how many people in the audience are Republicans. I would imagine very few."
WITH BUICK 6
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Riviera Theatre, 4746 N. Racine
Phone: (312) 559-1212