17.40-18.40, Stage 1• Sunday
Born in Chapel Hill, N.C. in 1946, singer, writer, film and theatre actor, Loudon Wainwright III came to fame when ‘Dead Skunk’ became a Top 20 hit in 1972.
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’. An accomplished actor, he has appeared in films directed by Martin Scorsese, Hal Ashby, Christopher Guest, Tim Burton, Cameron Crowe, Judd Apatow, and most recently Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Mosaic’ as well as performing a one-man theatrical show.
His latest album ‘Haven’t Got the Blues (Yet)’ deals, in true Loudon style, with varied subject matter including depression, drinking, senior citizenship, gun control, heartbreak, pet ownership and New York City’s arcane practice of alternate side-of-the-street parking.