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Loudon Wainwright III previews Poole disc at Country Hall

Friday, July 10, 2009 – Loudon Wainwright III will preview his new disc focusing on 1920s and '30s banjo man Charlie Poole at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville on Aug. 1.

Wainwright has long been fascinated by the North Carolina Ramblers band leader, moonshiner and all around raconteur and explores his life and times on the new album "High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project," out Aug. 18 on 2nd Story Sound Records. Multi-instrumentalists Chaim Tannenbaum (banjo, guitar, harmonica) and David Mansfield (violin, mandolin, slide guitar; Bob Dylan, Ry Cooder, Johnny Cash, Lucinda Williams) will accompany Wainwright.

CD reviews for Loudon Wainwright III

Loudon Wainwright III - High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project CD review - Loudon Wainwright III  - High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project
There's something about Charlie Poole's rambling ways that attracts Loudon Wainwright III, which is why he's recorded this healthy, two-CD tribute to the pioneering roots musician. Although Poole was not a songwriter, as is Wainwright, this banjo picking good time Charlie, who died at 39 in 1931, always seemed to pick songs that reflected his freewheeling lifestyle. Wainwright has recorded some favorite Poole tunes, as well as a few of his own, and gives the listener a »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Daniels wears out bows, but music endures – After each of the first few songs Charlie Daniels played, his 'fiddle tech (?)' exchanged his bow. Is this because he was playing particularly hard? Perhaps. Whatever the case, Daniels and his five-piece band clearly appeared to be giving it their all during the act's hour-and-a-half set. As it is the Christmas month, Daniels sang a... »»»
Concert Review: Rawlings easily moves out of the shadow – Every once in awhile David Rawlings moves out of the shadow of musical mate Gillian Welch to launch his own tour. While Welch, for whom Rawlings plays guitar, has the more prominent career, nights like this ably confirm that there is a reason does his own thing as well. Rawlings, who released the very fine "Poor David's Almanack" in... »»»
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