“In my head, Loudon Wainwright is Bono” – Judd Apatow to Rolling Stone Magazine
“As good as he’s ever been. Almost 40 years into his recording career, he has not only retained his sharpness of wit but has also learned to cut with greater skill” –The New Yorker
Loudon’s long and illustrious career is highlighted by more than two dozen album releases, a 2010 Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album for High Wide & Handsome, and two previous Grammy nominations for I’m Alright (1985) and More Love Songs (1986). His 2012 recording, Older Than My Old Man Now was named one of NPR’s Top 10 Albums of the Year. And in 2014, Haven’t Got the Blues (Yet), for short –marks his 26th career release to-date.
Wainwright is perhaps best known for the novelty song “Dead Skunk (in the Middle of the Road) and for playing Captain Calvin Spalding (the “singing surgeon”) on the American television show, M*A*S*H.
His 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 Editon and All Things Considered and ABC”s Nightline, and recorded several songs for the soundtrack of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.
As an actor, Wainwright has appeared in films directed by Martin Scorsese, Hal Ashby, Christopher Guest, Tim Burton, Cameron Crowe and Judd Apatow. Loudon’s most recent project is his one-man play entitled Surviving Twin. A solo piece many years in the making, Surviving Twin is part concert, part dramatic reading, part family side-show and Loudon III calls a “posthumous collaboration” with his writer father.
Special Guest Lucy Wainwright Roche