Loudon Wainwright’s 42-Song Treasury Of Rare/Unissued Gems Out Today


Tomorrow Loudon Wainwright III releases ‘Years In The Making,’ a 42-song, 2-disc compendium of rare, offbeat and previously unreleased tracks. This treasure trove represents Loudon’s life story through song, via recordings made throughout an extraordinary 4-decade career. It’s being released on StorySound Records and comes with a 60-page hardbound book with artwork done by New Yorker cartoonist and GRAMMY-winner Ed Steed.

Today the LA Times premiered the video for “Hollywood Hopeful,” a song from ‘Years In The Making’ that Loudon wrote while staying at the Chateau Marmont and recorded in 1975. Watch the video here: https://lat.ms/2p4rwzv

“I am a full fledged, grown-up adult/I’m trying make a dent, trying to get a result,” Wainwright sings. “I’m holed up in a Hollywood hotel suite/Tequila to drink and avocado to eat.”

It has also been announced that on October 6, Loudon will sit down with Judd Apatow and Christopher Guest as part of the New Yorker Festival to talk about his ‘Surviving Twin’ special on Netflix, due out this fall. This filmed version of Loudon’s one-man show was directed by Guest, and produced by Guest and Apatow. More information here: https://festival.newyorker.com/event/surviving-twin/

Loudon will then perform the next night, Oct 7, at NYC’s City Winery, in addition to Sept-Dec tour dates across the U.S. Full itinerary is below.

‘Years In The Making’ is an “audio-biography” that boasts orphaned album cuts, live recordings, radio appearances, home demos, and more, that come together to offer a never-before-seen perspective on Loudon’s public and private selves. Notable figures from Loudon’s life pop up throughout as well: Kate McGarrigle, Suzzy Roche, Bill Frisell, Van Dyke Parks, Chaim Tannenbaum, David Mansfield, Steve Goodman, George Gerdes, and the Wainwright children Rufus, Martha, Lucy and Lexie.

‘Years In The Making’ Track Listing:

1. Rosin the Bow
2. You Ain’t Going Nowhere
3. Easy St. Louis Tweedle-Dee
4. Everybody I know
5. Philadelphia Lawyer
6. Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms
7. Love Gifts
8. Stewball
9. Floods of Tears
10. Station Break
11. Have You Ever Been To Pittsburgh
12. 2 Song Set
13. Cardboard Boxes
14. Smokey Joe’s Café
15. You Hurt Me Mantra
16. Rambunctious
17. I Wanna Be On MTV
18. Birthday Poem / Happy Birthday / Animal Song
19. Your Mother & I
20. Button Nose
21. The Ballad of Famous & Harper
22. Teenager’s Lament
23. Things

1. Unrequited to the Nth Degree
2. Ulcer
3. You Can’t Fail Me Now
4. No
5. Rowena
6. Cheatin’
8. Down Where the Drunkards Roll
9. POW
10. Meet the Wainwrights
11. Liza Minnelli Interview
12. Hollywood Hopeful
13. Valley Morning
14. Trailer
15. God’s Got a Shit List
16. Thank You, Mr. Hubble
17. It Ain’t Gaza
18. Out of This World
19. Birthday Boy


September 22 – Loveland, CO @ Rialto Theater
September 23 – Denver, CO @ Daniels Hall
September 24 – Phoenix, AZ @ MIM Music Theater
September 27 – Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
September 29 – Thousand Oaks, CA @ Scherr Forum Theatre
September 30 – Portland, OR @ Alberta Rose Theatre
October 1 – Seattle, WA @ Triple Door
October 7 – New York, NY @ City Winery
October 17 – Lawrence, KS @ Lied Center of Kansas
October 19 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Manship Theatre
October 20 – Tomball, TX @ Main Street Crossing
October 21 – Austin, TX @ Texas Union Theatre
October 27 – Plymouth, NH @ The Flying Monkey
October 28 – Rockport, MA @ Shalin Liu Performance Center
October 31 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
November 1 – Stoughton, WI @ Stoughton Opera House
November 2 – Oshkosh, WI @ Oshkosh Opera House Foundation
November 3 – Evanston, IL @ Evanston Space
November 8 – Boston, MA @ Wilbur Theatre (w/ David Bromberg)
November 9 – Northampton, MA @ Calvin Theatre
November 10 – Troy, NY @ Troy Music Hall
November 30 – South Orange, NJ @ South Orange Performing Arts Center – Theater*
December 1 – Mamaroneck, NY @ Emelin Theatre*
December 2 – Port Washington, NY @ Landmark on Main Street*
January 22 – Sacramento, CA @ Sofia Tsakapoulos Center for the Arts
January 23 – Mount Vernon, WA @ Lincoln Theatre
January 25 – St. Albert, AB @ Arden Theatre
March 22 – Auburn, NY @ Auburn Public Theater
March 29 – Randolph, VT @ Chandler Center for the Arts*

*All in a Family concert, w/ Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright Roche