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.

"The wit and wisdom of a folk world treasure."

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

“Liner Notes is, unsurprisingly, as good as its author’s songs, with moments of sharp humor alternating with real-life pain, and vivid reflections on love, death, and the whole damn thing. Loudon Wainwright is a true original: not like anyone else, just as he set out to be.” —Salman Rushdie

“I expected a memoir that reflected all I know to be true about Loudon: a raconteur with an acerbic, sometimes mordant wit, unapologetic even when full of regret, funny and acutely, sometimes horrifyingly, honest. I got that and more. He is unafraid and clear-eyed about the events of his life—and utterly engaging.” —Rosanne Cash

“This book is as candid, moving, and hilarious as Loudon Wainwright’s music.” —Judd Apatow

Previously only available at the shows, is now online at for worldwide delivery while stock lasts.The programme comes packaged as a deluxe hardback 24-page book with 18 track show CD and autographed postcard.

Loudon's song "Donations" from the Last Man on Earth album can be heard on Episode 5, "A Day."

His post-election nightmare will have you laughing through your tears: “The new national anthem was ‘My Ding-a-Ling’!”

Loudon Wainwright III's one-man show "Surviving Twin" premiered in Los Angeles over the weekend at the new performance space the Sorting Room at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.