The Haw River Ballroom opened in the old dye room of the cotton mill that closed in 1994.
Most towns wouldn’t credit such an event to pushing economic revival, but the Saxapahaw mill’s closing might be the thing that puts the place on the map.
Can you imagine, when it was still a mill town on the little Haw River, Lucinda Williams coming to Saxapahaw after stops in New Orleans and Austin?
The Grammy winner and country-rock legend will play this weekend in Saxapahaw (pop. 1,648 in 2010), a place that is not even incorporated as a town.
On songs like “Drunken Angel” and albums like “Little Honey,” Lucinda Williams is almost the perfect medium between country music, angry folk rock, and roadhouse rockabilly.
Hailing from Lake Charles, La., and Austin, Williams is steeped in Nashville and Texas blues traditions, which she plays with the angry, punk, female edge of an Ani DiFranco or Annie Lennox.
She is also one of the world’s most publically accomplished people born with spina bifida, a birth defect affecting the spinal cord.
When: 8 p.m. Wednesday (sold out) and Thursday.
Where: Haw River Ballroom, 1711 Bethlehem Church Road, Saxapahaw
Correspondent Tom Hartwell