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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.

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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 »»»
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