Songwriter to appear next week at Center
Loudon Wainwright III , who has 19 albums out, two Grammy nominations and songs covered by Johnny Cash, Earl Scruggs and his own son Rufus, is perhaps most easily recognized by the general public for his “Dead Skunk” song in 1972.
He wrote that song in 15 minutes, and it reached No. 12 on the Billboard charts.
The singer-songwriter, who studied acting at Carnegie Mellon University for 18 months, was also seen on TV’s “M*A*S*H,” British shows, and movies including Neil Simon’s “The Slugger’s Wife,” “Jackknife” starring Robert De Niro, and “28 Days,” starring Sandra Bullock.
Wainwright III was cast last year in “Undeclared,” a Fox network series, as a dysfunctional father who spends too much time on his son’s college campus. Judd Apatow (“Freaks and Geeks”), the creator-director of “Undeclared,” is a longtime fan of Wainwright III’s music.
The acoustic performer, who started writing songs just months after participating in the Haight Ashbury Summer of Love in 1967, will appear in Grass Valley on Wednesday.
Wainwright III is currently touring around the country for his latest CD, “Last Man On Earth,” released last September. The CD’s originals deal with the loss of his mother, family and romantic failure.
Besides his personal songs, Wainwright III has received critical acclaim for his originals, which touch on issues of the day.
He has periodically been commissioned by National Public Radio to write topical songs on events and individuals in the news. He’s also written tunes for ABC-TV’s “Nightline.”
WHO: Loudon Wainwright III in concert
WHEN: Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley
ADMISSION: $15. Tickets at BriarPatch, Foggy Mountain, Herb Shop Records and at the door
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