OCT. 19

Victoria Williams’ songs are all wet: Water imagery floods her music, from early songs titled “Waterfall” and “Rainmaker” through her most recent album, Water to Drink, named for the Antonio Carlos Jobim classic. Even her contribution to a Richard Thompson tribute album was “Reckless Kind,” which begins: “Here we stand in sheets of rain.” Part of this aqueous affinity is due to biography: She’s gone from the drippy bayous of her Louisiana childhood to the desert of Joshua Tree, Calif., so you can’t blame her for being thirsty. The most significant connection, for Victoria herself, is with her savior as the water of life: The acknowledgments for Water to Drink open with “Thank you Jesus. You died for a sinner like me.” But the key analogy for her listeners is between water and Williams’ voice, which burbles and flows, catches stray sunlight, alternately hides and reveals its depths, and refreshes those who partake. At the Birchmere tonight, Williams’ opening act is her husband, ex-Jayhawk Mark Olson, with whom Williams formed the moistly monikered side project the Original Harmony Ridge Creekdippers. Come enjoy Williams’ musings on trains, hatpins, birds, and many things containing H[TWO IS IN SUBSCRIPT]2O—and buy your drinks by the pitcher—at 7:30 p.m. at the Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $19.50. (703) 549-7500. (Pamela Murray Winters)