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June 7, 2013

WKC to host Loudon Wainwright III

The Daily Star

---- — The West Kortright Centre in East Meredith will present singer/songwriter Loudon Wainwright III at 8 p.m Saturday. As the title of his new album relates, he is “Older Than My Old Man Now” — his old man being the late Loudon Wainwright Jr., Life magazine columnist and senior editor. 

Wainwright’s songs reflect the stage he’s reached in his life and as he so wryly puts it the “death ‘n’ decay” that inevitably accompanies it, according to a media release from Wainwright. Speaking specifically of the album’s lead track, “The Here & the Now,” Wainwright said, “Singer-songwriter contemporaries of mine have recently taken to writing memoirs and autobiographies. I decided I would try to tell the story of my swinging life in a three and one-half minute song.” 

The cut features jazz guitar great John Scofield and backing vocals from all four of Wainwright’s children — Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Lucy Wainwright Roche, and Lexie Kelly Wainwright — as well as two of the three moms, Suzzy Roche and Ritamarie Kelly.

“Older Than My Old Man Now” was selected by NPR’s Ken Tucker (“Fresh Air” & Entertainment Weekly magazine) as one of the Top 10 Albums of 2012.

Wainwright III came to fame when “Dead Skunk” became a Top 20 hit in 1972. He wrote his first song (“Edgar,” about a lobsterman in Rhode Island) in 1968 and was soon signed to Atlantic Records. Clive Davis lured him to Columbia Records, which released “Dead Skunk.” His recording career consists of 29 albums, including 2011’s five-disc retrospective “40 Odd Years.” “His High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project” won a 2010 Grammy award.

Also an accomplished actor, Wainwright has appeared in films directed by Martin Scorsese, Hal Ashby, Christopher Guest, Tim Burton, Cameron Crowe, and Judd Apatow. He has starred on TV in “M*A*S*H,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Ally McBeal” and “Undeclared,” and on Broadway in “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” 

Tickets for this concert are $34 or $30 for WKC members and $18 for those younger than 19. For more information, call 278-5454, or visit