FOLK SONGWRITING PIONEER RELEASES NEW ALBUM

Aug 19, 2022

By Christine Ross

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Singer Loudon Wainwright III has been writing about aging long before he had any real concept of what that meant.

Now at 75, the songwriter has released his 31st studio album ‘Lifetime Achievement’ his first collection of new compositions in eight years. It’s loosely themed on hitting the milestone age of 75 and the wisdom the years offer.

The man Rolling Stone magazine once called the “poet laureate of family dysfunction” can’t resist writing about family in a funny song about a man who craves a vacation from his family, not with his family.

Many tracks on the album are just Wainwright and a guitar or light accompaniment, others feature horns, strings, lap steel and electric guitar work.

The folk patriarch says looking back on half century of making music has “been great.”

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