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Loudon Wainwright III
“I remember the first record I bought, but it was a 45. It was Elvis’ ‘All Shook Up.’
“As far as albums go, it might have been an Elvis Presley record, too, a 33 1/3 album, but the rest is more or less a blur. I bought a lot of different things at different times.
“And my parents, of course, had albums that I loved, especially ‘Louis Prima, the Wildest,’ which was a live Louis Prima and Keely Smith record with Sam Boutera and the Witnesses. It was recorded live in Las Vegas, and that was one of my favorite albums.”
The sublime singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III makes a tour stop at Club Helsinki in Hudson at 8pm on Thursday (August 2), in support of his new album, “Older Than My Old Man Now.” Tix are $25 in advance; $30 at the door.
Loudon Wainwright III opened the show with the old W.C. Handy classic “Didn’t He Ramble,” and the audience had every reason to believe that it might be a prophecy of the evening to come. After all, both Wainwright and headliner Shawn Colvin have well-deserved reputations for telling rambling, non-sequitir laced, way-off-on-a-tangent tales between tunes.
And while those stories are sometimes charming, both singer-songwriters have such a rich and deep catalog of A-list songs, it often seems shameful to eat up stage time with off-the-cuff monologues instead of getting right to the heart of the matter – the music.
Fortunately, the chit-chat was kept to a minimum – except for the guy in the crowd who mistakenly believed that the price of his ticket also allowed him to engage Loudon in conversation in the middle of the show. No problem, Loudon cut him off nicely.
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