Years in the Making

Loudon Wainwright III's Years in the Making compiles 45 years of off-beaten tracks into over two hours of rare and unissued Loudoniana along with a few brand new songs ("Birthday Boy" and "Rosin the Bow") for good measure. It's a 2-CD audiobiography, full of orphaned album cuts, live recordings, radio appearances, home demos, and more. There are audio snapshots from his early folk efforts, with Kate McGarrigle, George Gerdes, and Steve Goodman, in which Loudon is singing traditional songs, covering Woody Guthrie and, of all people, Bob Dylan. There are his '70s and '80s forays into the rock & roll world, including Leiber and Stoller, Smokey Joe's Cafe and his own "I Wanna Be on MTV."

The album features appearances by Suzzy Roche, Bill Frisell, Van Dyke Parks, Chaim Tannenbaum, and David Mansfield, as well as by his sister Sloan, all of his children, Rufus, Martha, Lucy, and Lexie. The CDs are packaged in an elegant 60-page booklet. The wild creations of the brilliant New Yorker magazine cartoonist Ed Steed are featured on the front and back covers, everywhere throughout the comprehensive credits text, as well as the discs themselves. Included in the 60-page book are dozens of scans of documents, introspective musings, and artifacts from what Loudon calls his swinging life, in addition to paintings and drawings by friends and fans over the years. Years in the Making presents sides of Loudon you've never heard or seen before, a privileged perspective on his various public and private selves throughout his entire career.

Release Date:
September 14, 2018
Years in the Making
Track Listing


  1. Rosin the Bow
  2. You Ain't Going Nowhere
  3. East St. Louis Tweedle-Dee
  4. Everybody I Know
  5. Philadelphia Lawyer
  6. Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms
  7. Love Gifts
  8. Stewball
  9. Floods of Tears
  10. Station Break
  11. Have You Ever Been to Pittsburgh?
  12. 2 Song Set
  13. Cardboard Boxes
  14. Smokey Joe's Cafe
  15. You Hurt Me Mantra
  16. Rambunctious
  17. Wanna Be on MTV
  18. Birthday Poem / Happy Birthday / Animal Song
  19. Your Mother & I
  20. Button Nose
  21. The Ballad of Famous & Harper
  22. Teenager's Lament
  23. Things


  1. Unrequited to the Nth Degree
  2. Ulcer
  3. You Can't Fail Me Now
  4. No
  5. Rowena
  6. Cheatin'
  7. Idttywlm
  8. Down Where the Drunkards Roll
  9. POW
  10. Meet the Wainwrights
  11. Liza Minnelli Interview
  12. Hollywood Hopeful
  13. Valley Morning
  14. Trailer
  15. God's Got a Sh*t List
  16. Thank You, Mr. Hubble
  17. It Ain't Gaza
  18. Out of This World
  19. Birthday Boy