Loudon Wainwright III blasted out of Caffe Lena's orbit in the late 70s to enter an illustrious career of national renown. Tonight's long awaited return follows 22 album releases, a 2010 Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album for "High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project," and two previous Grammy nominations for "I'm Alright", 1985 and "More Love Songs", 1986. His most recent singer-songwriter recording, "Older Than My Old Man Now" was named one of NPR's Top 10 Albums of 2012.
Loudon's lyrically compelling, emotionally powerful songs have been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Cash, Earl Scruggs, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Rufus Wainwright, and Mose Allison, among others. He has written extensively for film and television, including Judd Apatow's Knocked up, ABC's Nightline, and HBO's Boardwalk Empire. As an actor is has appeared in films directed by Martin Scorsese, Hal Ashby, Christopher Guest, Tim Burton, Cameron Crowe, and Judd Apatow.
"In my head, Loudon Wainwright is Bono" - Apatow to Rolling Stone Magazine
"Mr. Wainwright has proved to be far and away the most candid diarist among the singer-songwriters who... brought confessional poetry into popular song... Mr. Wainwright wrings more human truth out of his contradiction than any other songwriter of his generation." - New York Times, Stephen Holden
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