Lucinda Williams To Headline Amplify Decatur Music Festival on April 22

Here’s the press release for this year’s Amplify Decatur Music Festival!

Americana legend Lucinda Williams will headline the 2017 Amplify Decatur concert series on April 22, the second annual outdoor music festival on the downtown Decatur square. All funds raised will be directed to Decatur Cooperative Ministry (DCM) to support its efforts to prevent and alleviate homelessness in Decatur and DeKalb County. The concert series is Presented by Lenz and produced in partnership with Eddie’s Attic.

General Admission tickets are $40 and available at AmplifyDecatur.org, and through Ticketfly.com.

The festival will also include performances by Noah Gundersen, John Moreland, Harold Holloway & Co., Packway Handle Band, and Kristen Englenz.

Williams, who has won three Grammy Awards and been nominated for 12 others, has been touring in support of “The Ghosts of Highway 20,” which was released in February 2016. Time magazine named Williams “America’s Best Songwriter” in 2002. In a review of “Ghosts,” Spin magazine described her as, “honing her beautiful, stately melodies through a ragged voice and arrow-headed lyrics about unkept secrets and roadside tears.”

In “Ghosts,” Williams cuts deep into the spirit of those who have spent their lives traversing Interstate 20, which cuts a 1,500-mile swath from South Carolina to Texas. She brings those stories to life and gives listeners a remarkably vivid look at how the highway has been a literal and figurative backdrop throughout her entire life.

Gundersen’s stunning new album, “Carry The Ghost,” is heavily influenced by existential philosophy. Produced by the 25-year-old Gundersen and mixed by Phil Ek (Father John Misty, Band Of Horses), the album was recorded at Seattle’s Litho Studio and explores issues of self-discovery and existentialism with an erudite sophistication across 13 magnificent tracks.

Since Amplify was founded in 2011, it has raised and donated more than $110,000 to DCM, including nearly $60,000 from the 2015 and 2016 concert series.

“Amplify exists to support and to shine a spotlight on the remarkable work of local heroes like the people at DCM,” Amplify My Community Board Chair Drew Robinson said. “With a legend like Lucinda Williams, we will be able to sell more tickets and raise more money for this great charity.”

Lenz, the Presenting Sponsor, is a founding partner of Amplify Decatur. “A central part of Lenz’s mission is to aid and strengthen our local community,” said Richard Lenz, the president and CEO of Lenz, who chairs Amplify My Community’s Advisory Board. “I know of no better way to do that than to support Amplify and Decatur Cooperative Ministry.”

Amplify My Community is grateful for the support of the City of Decatur, Downtown Development Authority and the Decatur Business Association (DBA), as well as: Georgia Urology, The Leafmore Group, The Pinewood, Lockman Homebuilding, Decatur Package Store and the Feinberg family.

This year, Christine Mahin will assume the role of festival director. She is account supervisor at Lenz and helped to plan and to produce the inaugural Amplify Decatur Music Festival in 2016.

of Lenz, who chairs Amplify My Community’s Advisory Board. “I know of no better way to do that than to support Amplify and Decatur Cooperative Ministry.”

Amplify My Community is grateful for the support of the City of Decatur, Downtown Development Authority and the Decatur Business Association (DBA), as well as: Georgia Urology, The Leafmore Group, The Pinewood, Lockman Homebuilding, Decatur Package Store and the Feinberg family.

This year, Christine Mahin will assume the role of festival director. She is account supervisor at Lenz and helped to plan and to produce the inaugural Amplify Decatur Music Festival in 2016.

Photo courtesy of Lucinda Williams Facebook page

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  1. Nice! Her ’88 “debut” is as good as it gets. I think her work the last 15 years has been a bit hit and miss, but she’s still so much better than what passes as country music on the radio.

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