Loudon Wainwright: Album Release for ‘Years in the Making’ - 10/7Sunday, October 07 2018 6:00pm Doors / 8:00pm Start
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Loudon Wainwright: Album Release for ‘Years in the Making’ - 10/7
at City Winery New York City
Born in Chapel Hill, N.C. in 1946, Loudon Wainwright III came to fame when
“Dead Skunk” became a Top 20 hit in 1972. He had studied acting at Carnegie-
Mellon University, but dropped out to partake in the “Summer of Love” in San
Francisco, and wrote his first song in 1968 (“Edgar,” about a lobsterman in
He was soon signed to Atlantic Records by Nesuhi Ertegun, and was lured by
Clive Davis to Columbia Records, which released “Dead Skunk.” His songs have
since been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Cash, Earl Scruggs, Kate & Anna
McGarrigle, his son Rufus Wainwright, and Mose Allison, among others.
Wainwright has recorded 27 albums including his 2010 Grammy Award-winning
‘High, Wide & Handsome.’
In Fall 2018 Loudon will release ‘Years In The Making’ (StorySound Records), a
42-song treasury of rare and unreleased Loudoniana. This 2-disc, 60-page
hardbound audio-biography of his 40-year career includes orphaned album cuts,
lovingly lo-fi home recordings, radio appearances, demos, live performances
and beyond. It features appearances by Kate McGarrigle, Suzzy Roche, Bill
Frisell, Van Dyke Parks, Chaim Tannenbaum, David Mansfield, and the
Wainwright children Rufus, Martha, Lucy and Lexie.
In 2017, Wainwright published his memoir, ‘LINER NOTES’ (Blue Rider Press),
which led to appearances on Fresh Air with Terry Gross and WTF with Marc
Maron. The NY Times said the book “makes your hear wobble on its axis.”
Additionally, Wainwright has co-written with songwriter/producer Joe Henry on
the music for Judd Apatow’s hit movie Knocked Up, written music for the
British theatrical adaptation of the Carl Hiaasen novel Lucky You, and
composed topical songs for NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered
and ABC’s Nightline. An accomplished actor, he has appeared in films directed
by Martin Scorsese, Hal Ashby, Christopher Guest, Tim Burton, Cameron Crowe
and Judd Apatow. Wainwright has also starred on TV in M.A.S.H. and
Undeclared, and on Broadway in Pump Boys and Dinettes. More recently, he
appeared in the film Pleased To Meet You (with fellow music legends John Doe,
Aimee Mann and Joe Henry).
Wainwright also created a one-man theatrical show, Surviving Twin, which
combines his songs and the writings of his late father. Initially developed as
part of University of North Carolina's Playmakers series, it focuses on
fatherhood—both being a father and having one—and also explores the issues of
birth, self-identity, loss, mortality, fashion, and of course, pet ownership.
Surviving Twin has been performed in limited theater engagements and a
filmed version of the show will debut later this year.