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July 19, 2012 | 12:00 a.m. CST
Usually, I hate celebrity profiles.
If the story’s about a woman, we read about the kind of high heels she wore as she walked into the restaurant to meet the writer. We’re told her blonde hair was artfully tousled, her blue eyes were even more piercing in person and that she pushed a salad around her plate as she talked. If the story’s about a man, we learn he wore a casual-cool jacket and was shorter than expected. After those introductions, the writer often delves into what little he or she could learn about the celebrity’s love life.
These stories annoy me with their superficiality. They don’t focus on the celebrities’ development as artists, athletes or activists, which is usually what they’re famous for in the first place. Instead, they emphasize insignificant details from the interviews.
Our feature story about Lucinda Williams is different. Writer Chris DeRosier focuses on Williams as a musician: her early days spent performing in Texas clubs, her song-writing process and her search for a new record label, preferably one that will give her the rights to her own songs. He illuminates the contrast between the three-time Grammy Award winner’s large, loyal fan base and the little airtime her songs get on the radio.
DeRosier also explains what Williams’ July 24 show could mean to Columbia’s music scene. If all goes well, her concert at Stephens Lake Park could turn into the first event of a music series organized by the same folks who brought us The BCNB Roots ’N’ Blues ’N’ BBQ Festival.
In the end, that’s so much more interesting than what she ate for breakfast.