A true daughter of the coffeehouse scene, Dar Williams has grown beyond her acoustic roots without forsaking the essence of her New England folk pedigree. Her songs are still like eloquent short stories that can make the personal sound universal and vice versa, and when she gets political she avoids obvious and dour sermonizing. When she feels like, she can even craft winsome but whip-smart folk-rockers, like "Summer Child," off her brand-new platter In the Time of Gods. Williams has earned her place as a peer of such fellow travelers as Rosanne Cash and Ani Difranco — and you can feel it for yourself when she performs Thursday, April 19, at Freight & Salvage in Berkeley.
Thu., April 19, 8 p.m., 2012