The Sound of Young America: Loudon Wainwright III

Episode 78

2nd February 2010

Loudon Wainwright III is an accomplished singer-songwriter, an occasional actor, and the scion of a musical family. Three of his children – Martha Wainwright, Rufus Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche are professional musicians. His new album is a tribute to Charlie Poole.

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Loudon Wainwright III is an accomplished singer-songwriter, an occasional actor, and the scion of a musical family. Three of his children – Martha Wainwright, Rufus Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche are professional musicians.

Loudon Wainwright’s career began in the 1960s, and he’s earned a passionately devoted following over the past 40 years. Among those fans is Judd Apatow, who’s cast Wainwright in several projects, including Undeclared and Knocked Up (for which he also wrote the soundtrack). His new album, High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project, is a tribute to early country music legend Charlie Poole, featuring both covers of songs Poole made famous and original music inspired by Poole.

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