New album from the man who is these days seen as the patriach of contemporary music's boldest and greatest family, and who has himself long been one of America's most loved singer-songwriters. 'Recovery' finds Loudon on a roll, following his most successful album in eons ('Strange Weirdos: Music From and Inspired by the Film Knocked Up'). The new album serves
almost as a 'best of' collection - it features superb reworkings of some of his finest songs, given new color with the help of acclaimed producer and artist Joe Henry (himself on a roll following his most acclaimed solo album ever 'Civilians', and production work for the likes of Mavis Staples, Solomon Burke, Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint). As such it's a great introduction for a new generation of listeners as well something familiar but fresh for his old fans.
For nearly forty years LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III has been one of America’s most cherished music icons. His legendary wit and satirical genius have expanded his cultural reach from troubadour to silver screen regular. With his new album Recovery he reaches back into the past and profoundly reclaims many of his most classic songs. Produced by Joe Henry, the project came about while the two were digging through some of Loudon’s older albums. After listening, Loudon and Joe saw that the quality and breadth of the tunes were undiminished and decided to rework the songs a team of studio heavyweights to add color to the previously spare material. On 'Recovery', classics like ‘School Days,’ ‘The Man Who Couldn’t Cry’ and ‘Motel Blues’ are fully flowered by veterans Greg Leisz, Patrick Warren, David Piltch and Jay Bellerose. A rare document of the changes nearly four decades can bring, Recovery reinterprets songs Loudon first composed and performed in his early twenties. The album follows Loudon’s last release, 'Strange Weirdos: Music from and Inspired by the Film Knocked Up' into one of the most unique catalogues in American music history.
Release Date: 19 Aug 2008
Artist: Loudon Iii Wainwright
Catalogue No: CD-YEP-2181