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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: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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