In 1999 Loudon Wainwright released an album which was comprised of various topical and satirical songs, originally produced for National Public Radio and based upon then-current issues and events, such as the Tonya Harding scandal, the O. J. Simpson murder trial, and the lead-up to Y2K. The last track on it was perhaps the most … Continue reading “Songs for the apocalypse: Loudon Wainwright III “Pretty Good Day””
Live at the Cambridge Folk Festival in 2004, this is the incomparable Loudon Wainwright III with a live version of his lovely White Winos. Have a great weekend everyone.
After 45 years in the industry, Loudon Wainwright needs little introduction as an artist. Over 26 albums, he has created a diverse tapestry of music and has dabbled with a wealth of genres. ‘Years in the making’ effectively serves as an ‘audio-biography’ – it is a two disc compendium of rare and unissued tracks drawn … Continue reading “Loudon Wainwright III “Years in the Making” (StorySound Records, 2018)”
The literal legend Loudon Wainwright III will release ‘Years in the Making’, a two-disc compendium of 45 years of Loudon’s offbeaten, rare and unissued tracks on September 14th via StorySound Records. Described a true “audio-biography” it includes orphaned album cuts, live recordings, radio appearances, home demos, and more, that come together to offer a new perspective on Loudon’s public … Continue reading “Loudon Wainwright III announces new 2 disc rarities retrospective”
Coming on to the darkened stage of this basement London theatre, strumming guitar, Loudon Wainwright III unexpectedly encountered a mic’ stand, causing a minor stumble – maybe a Freudian Trip – quickly recovered from. It got an early laugh. Surviving Twin (as you may have read in an earlier feature on Americana-UK) is his one … Continue reading “Loudon Wainwright III – Surviving Twin, Leicester Square Theatre, London, 11th March 2017”
It’s fair to say that growing up Loudon Wainwright III had some mixed feelings about his father, a columnist for LIFE magazine which he has summed up himself in a typically forthright and candid manner: “When they first were published in the magazine in the 1960s and 70s I mostly ignored them because having a … Continue reading “Loudon Wainwright III – ‘Survivng Twin’”
If you’ve caught him on his current UK tour (or indeed the Andrew Marr Show yesterday) you’ll know that “Surviving Twin” is a posthumous collaboration in which Grammy Award winner Loudon Wainwright III connects some of his best songs with the writing of his late father Loudon Wainwright Jr, the long-standing LIFE Magazine columnist. The performance, … Continue reading “Loudon Wainwright III Announces “Surviving Twin” Dates”
If you don’t love Loudon Wainwright III then you’re going to hell, that’s what it says in the bible, but you can prove yourself before God (capital G, just in case) by seeing him live in the UK next month, his first dates here since 2013. His shows will include a concert at the London … Continue reading “Loudon Wainwright III Hits the UK for Dates”
This week’s retro slot is filled by an impossibly young looking Loudon Wainwright III, a man who in the course of a near fifty year career has never made a bad album, with a typically wry send-up of the blues. Have a great weekend everyone.
W.C. Beck describes himself as “an itinerant singer/songwriter from Kansas”. After some years in Portland, he is now based in New York. Having recorded as Chris Beck in the past, ‘First Flight’ is his ninth album, largely written in Paris while studying there. On the album’s Kickstarter page he tells us that the title came … Continue reading “W.C. Beck “First Flight” (Independent, 2019)”