If artistic creation can be a balm with which someone works through grief, then hopefully Susan Cowsill's wonderfully bittersweet "Lighthouse" album was a source of comfort and release for her.
A longtime New Orleanian, Cowsill's home and possessions were vaporized by Hurricane Katrina — a storm that also killed her brother, Barry. On the day before his funeral, another brother, Bill, passed away. Now, after four years' work, "Lighthouse" is out, and indeed Cowsill describes the making of the record a metaphoric funeral providing closure. It's a beautiful work. You can see this remarkable musician at 7 tonight when she and her band play the Knickerbocker
Café in Westerly.
Expect a tight band, representations of earlier bands such as the Continental Drifters and the Cowsills — and, as always, her charming stage presence.