A packed CD booklet, which includes both lyrics and essays by such esteemed writers as Greil Marcus, also helps the listener get up to speed on all things Charlie Poole. This project opens with its title cut that includes the line, "Song, wine, and women - they're my 3 favorites." And what follows, are generally variations on these three partying themes. On The Man in the Moon, guest vocalist Maggie Roche beautifully sings lead. There are also plenty of topnotch musicians, including Chris Thile, whose mandolin work stands out during the instrumental Ragtime Annie, and elsewhere. There's also a touch of sadness herein, which is only fair, as Wainwright can also be equally melancholy. The Letter That Never Came, speaking of sadness, is about a sad sack, who, like Linus and his Great Pumpkin obsession, is left waiting in vain. Didn't He Ramble, which features just Wainwright and his acoustic guitar, is the disc's best recording and sounds a lot like Peter Case at his unplugged best.