Out There Live

Last year, singer/songwriter Dar Williams released the fine album The Green World.

Last year, singer/songwriter Dar Williams released the fine album The Green World. To promote the set, Williams hit the road for a national tour with bandmates Gail Ann Dorsey (bass), Jeff Kazee (keyboards), Steuart Smith (guitar), and Steve Holley (drums). Recorded during three of the tour's many sold-out shows, Out There Live captures an artist completely in her element, lovingly showcasing songs from all four of her albums. "We Learned the Sea," culled from The Green World, takes on added poignancy live. The same goes for such Williams classics as "The Babysitter's Here" (from 1993's The Honesty Room) and "The Christians and the Pagans" (from 1996's Mortal City). Williams glosses 1997's End of the Summer with "Are You Out There." On such tracks as the buoyant "I Won't Be Your Yoko Ono" (complete with a humorous spoken intro) and the pensive "If I Wrote You," Williams' narrative approach shines brightly.—MP