Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
Since she was barely out of her teens, Dar Williams has had a long-standing relationship with the Eighth Step coffeehouse. Back then in the early 1990s, she opened up for the likes of John Gorka and moved up to headlining status in the intimate church basement on Willett Street, singing “The Babysitter Song” and other tunes on youthful topics.
Today, Williams is a leading folk-icon representing her generation of songwriting troubadours. The songs Williams sings and composes are about more relevant things. After all, she’s lived a bit of life by now and had a chance to observe the human condition close up while criss-crossing the country as a performer.
Entering her second decade of performing, Williams is out touring in support of her newest release, “Many Great Companions.” Like her two-set live performance that Saturday night at the Eighth Step in Proctors’ GE Theatre, the two-CD set is an interesting and tasteful mix of crowd-pleasing favorites and brand new material from her upcoming album, “In the Time of Gods,” which is due in April.
With keyboard maven Brin Roberts accompanying her on the concert grand piano and electric keyboards, Williams was visibly happy to be back at the Eighth Step and performing for her old friends and fans.
Let’s hope it stays that way because she belongs there!
David Liebschutz’s review at Indie Albany