Loudon Wainwright III, or LW3 for short, is a cherished icon of American folk music, a darkly witty and touchingly personal songwriter and storyteller. He started out in the folk clubs of New York and Boston before going on to a long career that's encompassed both music and acting. He has given birth to over 20 albums (as well as fathering some very successful musical offspring), written folk classics including "Dead Skunk" and "The Man Who Couldn't Cry," and created music for film and theater. The "Boardwalk Empire" soundtrack, including LW3 music, just won a Grammy. His meditative new album, "Older Than My Old Man Now," features four generations of Wainwrights including Loudon's son Rufus, daughter Martha, and grandson Arcangelo Albetta.
The Grammy Winner’s songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Earl Scruggs, Big Star, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, and his son Rufus Wainwright. Loudon himself charted with "Dead Skunk." He also has many TV and film acting credits including M*A*S*H, “Ally McBeal,” “The 40 Year Old Virgin,” "Knocked Up" (and sang closing credits song “Daughter”) and had a stint in Broadway’s "Pump Boys and Dinettes." Wainwright has also written for Ted Koppel's “Nightline,” NPR’s "Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered" and was Letterman’s original musician/sidekick.
"...one of America's most astute lyrical commentators... lyrically compelling and emotionally overpowering." -- Mojo
“...Wainwright is as good as he’s ever been. Almost forty years into his recording career, he has not only retained his sharpness of wit but has also learned to cut with greater skill.” Ben Greenman, --The New Yorker
Visit the artist’s website: www.lw3.com