Loudon Wainwright III
For 40 very odd years, Loudon Wainwright III's lacerating wit, unflinching candor, and impish glee have combined to skewer everything in sight, from the near and dear to the feared, which as it now turns out, is the Grim Reaper. LW3's favorite protagonist has always been himself, making self-deprecation a highly twisted art form. His latest, Older Than My Old Man Now, is a morbid laugh riot about "death 'n' decay," physical infirmities, geriatric medication, fractured families, regrets, confusion, and fleeting time; this was apparently triggered by the 65-year-old III lapping II, who died at 63. Accompanying LW3 are all four Wainwright offspring and guests like Ramblin' Jack Elliott, who duets with Loudon on "Double Lifetime," a desperate but jaunty plea for another go-round since "I wasted my first one." Wainwright is cheerfully sardonic throughout most of the album, cleverly peppering the tunes with wry humor. But there's also inevitable poignancy at work, bittersweet and haunting, as he pokes at a lifetime of uncomfortable truths. Duluth singer-songwriter Jerree Small will open. (Photo by Paula Court)
Sat., May 5, 7 p.m., 2012
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