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COUNTRY | Shawn Williams

New Orleans has its share of singer-songwriters, but no one quite occupies Shawn Williams’ country-noir terrain. For her perfectly titled second album, 2018’s 'Motel Livin’,' the unbridled Williams sings of lust and longing at the dark end of the street. She’s dubbed her music alt-rock-a-country-billy-serial-killer-blues. You could call it hillbilly-post-punk-goth-rock, too, or Hank Williams meets The Smiths meets Siouxsie and the Banshees. After 13 years in radio as an on-air personality, producer, music and program director in Atlanta, New York and New Orleans, she left radio to pursue music fulltime.

Shawn Williams returns to Baton Rouge on Saturday, Aug. 3, for a Dyson House Listening Room show at Zeeland Street Market, 2031 Perkins Road. Dana Abbot opens the show at 7 p.m. $10 advance, $15 door. dysonhouselr.com; shawnwilliamsmusic.com.

— By John Wirt