Loudon Wainwright III

Loudon Wainwright III came to fame when “Dead Skunk” became a Top 20 hit in 1972. Born in Chapel Hill, N.C., he had studied acting at Carnegie-Mellon University, but dropped out to partake in the Summer of Love in San Francisco. He wrote his first song in 1968, “Edgar” (about a lobsterman in Rhode Island) and was soon signed to Atlantic Records by Nesuhi Ertegun. Clive Davis lured him to Columbia Records—which released “Dead Skunk.” His recording career now consists of 25 albums, also including the recent five-disc retrospective “40 Odd Years” and the new “Older Than My Old Man Now.”

“Singer-songwriter contemporaries of mine have recently taken to writing memoirs and autobiographies,” notes Wainwright in speaking about the new album. “I decided I would try to tell the story of my swinging life in a three and one-half minute song.” He’s speaking specifically of the album’s lead track “The Here & the Now,” which features jazz guitar great John Scofield and backing vocals from all four of Wainwright’s children—Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Lucy Wainwright Roche and Lexie Kelly Wainwright—as well as two of the three moms, Suzzy Roche and Ritamarie Kelly. But the album as a whole reflects the stage he’s reached in his life, and as he so wryly puts it, the “death ‘n’ decay” that inevitably accompanies it. “Older Than My Old Man Now,” which was produced by Dick Connette (producer of Wainwright’s 2009 Grammy-winning “High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project”), boasts stellar participants other than family. Also helping with the heavy lifting are Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Chris Smither, Chaim Tannenbaum, and Dame Edna Everage a/k/a Barry Humphries, Wainwright’s romantic partner from several episodes of “Ally McBeal.” Wainwright’s songs have been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Cash, Earl Scruggs, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Rufus Wainwright, and Mose Allison, among others. He has collaborated 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,” composed topical songs for NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered” and ABC’s “Nightline,” and recorded several songs for the soundtrack of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.” Also an accomplished actor, Wainwright has appeared in films directed by Martin Scorsese, Hal Ashby, Christopher Guest, Tim Burton, Cameron Crowe, and Judd Apatow. He has also starred on TV in “M.A.S.H.” and “Undeclared,” and on Broadway in “Pump Boys and Dinettes,” and developed a new one-man-play entitled “Surviving Twin”



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