GRAMMY-winning folk singer/songwriter Loudon Wainwright III recently participated in an installment of the GRAMMY Museum's An Evening With series. Before an intimate audience at the Clive Davis Theater, Wainwright discussed his new album, Older Than My Old Man Now, the album's theme of mortality and the influence of collaborating musically with his family. Wainwright also performed a brief set, including "The GRAMMY Song" and "Something's Out To Get Me," among others.
"It's dramatic [and] it's theatrical," said Wainwright on performing and recording with his family, including son Rufus Wainwright. "Primarily, I've been writing about my life and the big people in my life are the people in my family."
A native of New York, Wainwright launched his career as a singer/songwriter in the '60s, crafting humorous and autobiographical songs. He released his debut album, Album I, in 1970, followed by Album II (1971) and Album III (1973), the latter of which featured the Billboard Hot 100 Top 20 hit "Dead Skunk." Wainwright released Attempted Mustache in 1973 and the partially recorded live album, Unrequited, in 1975. After releasing several more albums throughout the late '70s and early '80s, Wainwright relocated to London where he began working with GRAMMY-nominated songwriter/musician Richard Thompson, who co-produced his next two albums, I'm Alright (1985) and More Love Songs (1986), both of which received GRAMMY nominations for Best Contemporary Folk Recording. Wainwright received his first GRAMMY Award in 2009 for Best Traditional Folk Album for High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project.
For Older Than My Old Man Now, Wainwright teamed with producer Dick Connette, his children, including GRAMMY-nominated artist Rufus Wainwright, and his former wife, singer/songwriter Kate McGarrigle, to craft 15 songs that focus on what Wainwright calls the "double D — death and decay." The album also features guest appearances by artists such as Ramblin' Jack Elliott and guitarist John Schofield. Wainwright is currently on tour throughout the United States, with dates scheduled through April 2013.
Upcoming GRAMMY Museum events include Spotlight: Daniel Bedingfield (Aug. 6), An Evening With Iris Dement (Aug. 9) and An Evening With The Mavericks (July 23).
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