Hartt & Soul Productions Presents: Benefitting One World
Loudon Wainwright III
Show Time : 8:00 PM
Loudon Wainwright III is a folkish singer/songwriter whose career began over four decades ago, with humorous and nakedly honest material ranging from the topical to novelties. He released his 26th album, Haven’t Got the Blues (Yet) in 2014 to critical acclaim hot off the heels of his GRAMMY winning album, High Wide & Handsome. Born in Chapel Hill, N.C. in 1946, Wainwright III came to fame when “Dead Skunk” became a Top 20 hit in 1972. He had studied acting at Carnegie-Mellon University, but dropped out to partake in the “Summer of Love” in San Francisco, and wrote his first song in 1968 (“Edgar,” about a lobsterman in Rhode Island). His songs have since been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Cash, Earl Scruggs, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, his son Rufus Wainwright, and Mose Allison, among others. In 2011, they were commemorated by the comprehensive five-disc retrospective 40 Odd Years. Additionally, Wainwright has co-written 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, and composed topical songs for NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered and ABC’s Nightline. An accomplished actor, he has appeared in films directed by Martin Scorsese, Hal Ashby, Christopher Guest, Tim Burton, Cameron Crowe, Judd Apatow, and Steven Soderbergh.