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.