Check out Loudon's latest interview with Rolling Stone: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/loudon-wainwright-iii-interview-id-rather-lead-a-band-covid-1027768/
Loudon Wainwright III Partners With Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks And Randall Poster To Celebrate The Great American Songbook - I’d Rather Lead A Band Out October 6 Loudon Wainwright III has unveiled his new album, I’d Rather Lead A Band (October 9/Thirty Tigers).
A collaboration with Vince Giordano and his band The Nighthawks, and producer and music supervisor Randall Poster, the 14-song collection is a loose, fresh, and “anti-nostalgic” take on classic songs from the 1920s and ‘30s featuring Wainwright as singer and bandleader.
Rolling Stone has more on the announcement in a feature with Loudon Here.
Saturday, June 20th at 7:00pm EDT - $12
On Father's Day Eve at 7pm Eastern, join Loudon as he comes to you from an undisclosed location with quite a few of his many songs about Fatherhood; including Dilated To Meet You, Be Careful There's a Baby In the House, Bein' A Dad, Daddy Take A Nap, and much, much more!
This live version of “Middle of the Night” was recorded in Belgium at the Dranouter Festival on July 31, 2014. The song originally appeared on my 2010 CD, 10 Songs For The New Depression. What with The Great Recession of 2008 things seemed pretty tough back then and my plan was to offer musical solace to a nation while cashing in on the hard times - win, win you might say. After Donald Trump was elected I found myself finishing my shows with “Middle of the Night.” Again I had a dual purpose - to acknowledge the scary weirdness of the time, yet also hold out some hope that we’d get through it somehow. Now it’s the spring of 2020 and things couldn’t possibly be scarier and we don’t know when, how, or even if it all will end. At this point offering solace and hope regarding COVID-19 might seem like whistling in the dark but, as the saying goes, it’s all I’ve got. - LW3
New song from Loudon... for these difficult times.
With the Festival of Lights quickly approaching, Hanukkah is getting a much-needed musical boost. Produced by Grammy winning music supervisor Randall Poster, Hanukkah+ features new originals and standards of the Jewish holiday performed by Jack Black, HAIM, The Flaming Lips, Yo La Tengo, Loudon Wainwright III, Adam Green of Moldy Peaches, and more. Out now on Verve Forecast, and set for a vinyl release date of December 13, this album is sure to make every Hanukkah celebration truly festive. Purchase here: https://verveforecast.lnk.to/Hanukkah
Buy / Listen: http://moseallison.lnk.to/tribute - Loudon Wainwright III’s version of “Ever Since The World Ended” on the upcoming tribute album 'If You're Going To The City' - A star-studded homage to the much-missed singer/songwriter/musician Mose Allison.
IF YOU'RE GOING TO THE CITY: A TRIBUTE TO MOSE ALLISON - In stores now!
LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III: SURVIVING TWIN -- The latest review by David Bianculli - Bianculli's Best Bets - TV Worth Watching
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.