We're pleased to welcome back to the Jaqua Concert Hall Loudon Wainwright III and Dar Williams--two of our favorite singer-songwriters in a double bill that promises an evening of great music all around.
Loudon Wainwright III's recording career spans a total of 23 albums, including 2009’s Grammy-winning High Wide & Handsome, a musical tribute to Charlie Poole (1893-1931), the legendary, yet obscure North Carolina singer and banjo player. Wainwright has collaborated with songwriter /producer Joe Henry on the music for Judd Apatow’s hit movie Knocked Up, written music for the British theatrical adaptation of the Carl Hiaasen novel Lucky You, and composed topical songs for NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered and ABC’s Nightline. Loudon Wainwright songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, Earl Scruggs, Rufus Wainwright, and Mose Allison, among others. His latest album Older Than My Old Man Now was released in April.
One of the most acclaimed singer-songwriters of her generation, Dar Williams has been engaging audiences with her musical artistry since the early 1990s when she rose from the Northeast coffeehouse circuit to the national spotlight. On one level, the sizable body of work accumulated by Williams is a continuing narrative of her life — what she's experienced and what she’s observed during her years of intensive touring. On another, it forms a detailed look at the course of modern-day existence in the decade and a half between 1993, when Williams released her debut album, The Honesty Room, and today. Throughout her career, Williams has employed a reporter's keen eye and a fiction writer’s feel for nuance in the act of confronting what she’s described as "the big picture of how people approach life," doing by examining and illuminating the minute details.