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Despite having a privileged upbringing and earning the respect of his peers (and Judd Apatow, who's used Loudon's music in his films), Loudon Wainwright III can never shake his dark side. His humor has always been laced with a melancholia and emotional fragility that gives depth to even his most glib observations. At 65, he has outlived his father (a Life magazine journalist) and now sets about observing what his senior status has brought. He brings his family together to sing along, plus a variety of guests. "I Remember Sex" with comedian Barry Humphries (better known as Dame Edna Everage) is a worthy laugh, but the real joy here is in the somber reflections of "In C," the title track (which begins with Loudon reading the his father's words and his son, Rufus, adding vocals), and "The Days That We Die," which also starts with his father's eloquent words. Loudon comes from literary stock, and it's always shown in his work, which has become even more affecting as the years pass.

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Speak to me !

Wow, the words in this fantastic Loudon work, cut to my soul. Loudon, you are the best writer...... hey "I'm getting older too"

The upper class

Musically speaking, this guy is approaching the ranks of Neil Young, Tom Waits & Dylan regarding his songwriting skills. Keep it up dude, I'm pulling for you...

How can he do it?

How can this man not loose his muse after all these years?

As a fisherman of songs, he's one of the best.


Born: September 5, 1946 in Chapel Hill, NC

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Loudon Wainwright III grew up in the town of Bedford in wealthy Westchester County north of New York City, the son of Loudon S. Wainwright, Jr., a writer and editor at Life magazine and a direct descendant of colonial governor Peter Stuyvesant. Wainwright became a folk singer/songwriter in the late '60s, singing humorous and nakedly honest autobiographical songs. Signed to Atlantic Records, he recorded Album I (1970) and Album II (1971), accompanying himself on acoustic guitar, before switching to...
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