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."