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Loudon Wainwright III - I'd Rather Lead a Band

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  Artist Title Time    
  Loudon Wainwright III A Ship Without a Sail 03:57    
  Loudon Wainwright III You Rascal You (I'll Be Glad When You're Dead) 02:59    
  Loudon Wainwright III A Perfect Day 02:40    

Loudon Wainwright III


"A Ship Without A Sail"

"You Rascal You (I'll Be Glad When You're Dead)"

"A Perfect Day"


From his new album I'd Rather Lead A Band


Available October 9


Rolling Stone Feature



Loudon Wainwright III's new album is a collaboration with Vince Giordano and his band

The Nighthawks, and producer and music supervisor Randall Poster. 

The 14-song collection is a loose, fresh, and “anti-nostalgic” take on classic songs from the 1920s and ‘30s featuring Wainwright as singer and band leader.    


As interpreters of the Great American Songbook, Wainwright and Giordano’s big band present a perfectly paced supper club set of songs by Irving Berlin, Fats Waller, Frank Loesser and others with nimble phrasing and an approach that lets the songs lead the way, like a dance partner.  


For Wainwright, I’d Rather Lead A Band was also a welcome chance to take a break from playing his guitar and singing in what he calls his “somewhat misanthropic, occasionally goofy persona.” “I loved the idea of just being a vocalist,” he says. “It was freeing, because I could shed my Loudon Wainwright III-ness. I will no doubt return to my foremost incarnation, but what a pleasure it was to settle back with this marvelous band and sing these songs.”









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Thanks for the heads up. I very much like his contributions to Giordano's Boardwalk Empire albums.

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