"This biographical and autobiographical one-man show from the musician and actor Loudon Wainwright III is beautiful, both touching and absolutely lacerating at different turns.....reveling in the hopefulness of love and the rotten draw of regret.....A meaningful conversation about mortality and the wistful confusion of being both a parent and a child." --Margaret Lyons, The New York Times
The studio recording of "Surviving Twin" (now a Netflix Original Film) is out today (11/16/2018)! Available ITunes, Amazon and all digital music outlets: https://lnk.to/survivingtwin. FREE downloadable 12 page booklet with purchase!
The first acts of the 2019 festival programme have been announced and there are more to follow over the coming weeks! Loudon is pleased to be joining the line up at Celtic Connections Festival 2019 on 30 January at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Tickets on sale at http://www.celticconnections.com #ccfest19.
Sometimes serious, mostly lighthearted, always talented; Loudon Wainwright III is as versatile as he is talented. Hailing from Chapel Hill, NC, Wainwright was raised on the thoughtful folk music of Bob Dylan as well as the novelty songs of Tom Lehrer and Stan Freberg. These influences shaped Wainwright’s sound blending folk and blues with witty, self deprecative humor that produced 26 studio albums to date. He won the Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album in 2010 for “High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project” and had two previous nominations in 1985 and 86.
Aside from his illustrious music career, Wainwright has also acted in a number of TV shows and films. He played Captain Calvin Spalding in the 70’s hit show M*A*S*H and has made appearances on Parks and Recreation, Undeclared, and The David Letterman Show. He’s also appeared in a number of movies including 28 Days, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up (for which he also recorded the soundtrack).
Wainwright came to Austin to play at the Texas Union, also stopping by Studio 1A for a quick performance. He has a Netflix Original Special “Surviving Twin”: a one-man theatrical show and posthumous collaboration in which Loudon combines and connects some of his most personal and best-loved songs with the writing of his late father Loudon Wainwright Jr. Funny, emotional, and filled with wonderful music, “Surviving Twin” will be available to stream starting November 13th.
"Surviving Twin" is a one-man theatrical show, a posthumous collaboration in which Loudon combines and connects some of his most personal and best-loved songs with the writing of his late father Loudon Wainwright Jr, the esteemed LIFE Magazine columnist.
"Loudon Wainwright has written a brilliant show. It is funny, emotional, and filled with his incredible songs.” - Christopher Guest
"I am so thrilled that Netflix has given Loudon Wainwright the opportunity to share this wonderful show with their audience. I think Loudon Wainwright is a national treasure." - Judd Apatow
New York Times - Loudon's Op-ed piece "Them’s Fightin’ Words: 10 Great Protest Songs"
Loudon will be joining Judd Apatow, Christopher Guest, and John Seabrook at this year's New Yorker Festival in October! Tickets are on sale now: https://festival.newyorker.com #TNYfest
Today, Loudon Wainwright III announces ‘Years in the Making,’ a two-disc compendium of 45 years of Loudon’s offbeaten, rare and unissued tracks. Out September 14 on StorySound Records, ‘Years in the Making’ is a true “audio-biography” that boasts orphaned album cuts, live recordings, radio appearances, home demos, and more, that come together to offer a never-before-seen perspective on Loudon’s public and private selves. Notable figures from Loudon’s life pop up throughout as well: Kate McGarrigle, Suzzy Roche, Bill Frisell, Van Dyke Parks, Chaim Tannenbaum, David Mansfield, Steve Goodman, George Gerdes, and the Wainwright children Rufus, Martha, Lucy and Lexie.
From Loudon’s early folk efforts covering Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan to his more recent years (including an a cappella rendition of 2017’s “Birthday Boy,” written on the occasion of Loudon’s 71st), “Years in the Making” is a treasury of the finest Loudoniana.
Wainwright considers "Floods of Tears" a sequel of sorts to his song "Motel Blues" from 20 years prior, another song "about the life on the road and the loneliness of the road and the mistakes that one makes out on the road because of the loneliness. It was written 20 years after 'Motel Blues,' so I guess it's saying I'd been an idiot for two decades."
Listen to "POW" (Prince of Wales), an unreleased track from the 1990s.
Directed by Steven Soderbergh.
"The wit and wisdom of a folk world treasure."
Calling it "hilariously candid."
They recorded this beautiful cover of the "Swimming Song" at the place he best likes to swim.
Loudon reflects on his extraordinary life, from Jason Keil at the Phoenix New Times