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Lucinda Williams on December 27, 2019 in New York City.Lucinda Williams was just another no-name singer-songwriter when she moved to Austin the second time, in 1981, and rented a dirt-cheap apartment in a sketchy complex on South Congress that residents jokingly called “the Willie Hilton.” In its heyday in the sixties, the fourteen-acre property had been billed as the state’s largest motor court lodge, though its fortunes had fallen mightily by the time Willie Nelson bought it in 1978, its accommodations converted to month-to-month bungalows and efficiencies. When he took the spread over, he refashioned the old motel conference center as the Austin Opera House, making it his home base for concerts and the city’s premier road show venue. But he pretty well left the apartments as he found them, and they gradually filled…

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