Loudon Wainwright III: Still In The Game

He was Americana before Americana was cool.

[caption id="attachment_231758" align="alignnone" width="576"] OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA[/caption] One of his generation’s wittiest and most literate songwriters, Loudon Wainwright III was Americana before Americana was cool. And he’s managed to maintain a half-century career based not on bombast or headlines, or on playing to thousands of sunburned fans at festivals, but because, unlike most, the quality of his writing has never diminished. It’s as if he knows the location of that magic well of creativity that never goes dry. Wainwright’s latest release, the two-disc, 42-track Years In The Making, is an eccentric and eclectic collection, which is nothing new for him. The title is literal, containing mostly unheard pieces from his vaults over the decades, including home demos, live recordings, radio appearances and more. But what really sets it apart is the packaging. Where so much music is streamed today minus the liner notes, graphics, etc., this set contains copies of everything from handwritten lyrics to silly drawings to actual divorce papers. “It’s called Years In The Making,” Wainwright says,“and it did take some time to put it all together. My co-producer Dick Connette and I spent a lot of time looking through the archives and hard drives and boxes of…

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