LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III
A singer-songwriter of immense depth and wit, Loudon Wainwright III has been thrilling audiences with his sharp, literate take on the folk tradition for over 40 years. From the “next Dylan” tag of the early 70’s to his evolution into a revered cult figure and Grammy-winning folk elder statesman, Wainwright’s singular talent has never dimmed.
Wainwright’s career has been that of a slow burn rather than a firecracker. His critically-adored records, beginning with 1970’s Album I, helped the songwriter gain a devoted cult following. Wainwright’s rapier wit, self-deprecation and often darkly cynical take on the human condition combined with his strident vocals and deft finger-picking guitar skills spawned a whole new generation of singer-songwriters to follow in his wake. With high profile song appearances in recent hit films like Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up, Wainwright has enjoyed a resurgence in his career and introduced his songs to a new, younger audience.
“Mr. Wainwright wrings more human truth out of his contradiction than any other songwriter of his generation.”
– The New York Times
“…one of America’s most astute lyrical commentators…lyrically compelling and emotionally overpowering.”
– Mojo Magazine
Opening Act: Marina Evans
Combining her background as a jazz vocalist with traditional folk and a rock edge, Marina has taken her new folk sound from Rockport and Gloucester to Europe including Italy and England. With clever lyricism and unusual melodies, Marina’s debut full-length album Unbound deftly combines various styles, genres and instrumentation – from sweet ballads to folk anthems to straight up rock and roll – and paints a picture of a versatile and passionate artist. Photo Credit: Brendan Pike