Loudon Wainwright III’s 31st Studio Album Lifetime Achievement Out Now

Article Contributed by Shore Fire Media | Published on Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Loudon Wainwright III’s new album Lifetime Achievement (StorySound Records) is out now.  His first album of original songs since 2014, Lifetime Achievement finds Wainwright in a state of deep reflection at age 75, featuring 15 witty, incisive tracks. The album was announced by Rolling Stone in June and has received rave reviews from Fresh Air, Under The Radar, No Depression and Mojo, which says the set is “imbued with an irresistible wink as he lays his life and neuroses on the line in a well-trodden but still welcome welter of wit and pathos.” An in-depth Associated Press interview with Wainwright just posted, he will be profiled in the upcoming Fall 2022 issue of No Depression and will appear on an episode of Office Hours with Tim Heidecker this Thursday August 25, live from Brooklyn’s The Bellhouse. Up next, Wainwright will embark on a 34-date international tour August 30 (City Winery NYC, a concert that will also be livestreamed by Mandolin) that includes some of his biggest-ever venues in the UK and Ireland.

Says Wainwright, “I remember when I made my first record for Atlantic in 1969. I was always saying, 'I want it to be a record – not only a recording, but a document that captures a moment.' I was 21 and very serious, and I thought I'd be dead in four years (laughs). So I wanted to make something that would last. A testament. Now, fifty years later, I guess I still want to make a testament. I want to write a group of songs and get them down in the best possible way. And I like to think they might last a while.”

The songs on Lifetime Achievement look back at Wainwright’s 50+ year career with his long-celebrated, brutally hilarious and heart wrenching storytelling. “Family Vacation” skewers the ritual. The title track finds him recounting his accomplishments but realizing that: “All these honors don’t add up to all that much, it’s true, that the biggest surprise, the great surprise, is I managed to win you.” “Town & Country” finds Wainwright returning to New York City after an extended stay in the country, framing the “city vs. country” debate in his own inimitable style, rats scurrying under his feet while dining on the streets of Manhattan.

Many tracks on Lifetime Achievement feature Wainwright on guitar with light accompaniment, some sung a capella, while others are seasoned with horns, strings, hand claps, the accordion, lap steel and electric guitar work, featuring many of his frequent collaborators: Chaim Tannenbaum, David Mansfield, Tony Scherr, Rich Pagano, Jon Cowherd, and others including a string arrangement by Rob Moose. It was recorded with two of his longtime producers, Dick Connette and Stewart Lerman.

After thirty albums, a Grammy, many film and TV credits, and songs recorded by such artists as Johnny Cash, Mose Allison, Bonnie Raitt and his son Rufus, Wainwright is perhaps our foremost six-string analyst and tragicomedian. And with Lifetime Achievement his “unmatched wit and wisdom” (NPR) has never been on sharper display. In the past few years, Wainwright has also published a widely celebrated memoir, Liner Notes, as well as Years in the Making - a 2-CD audiobiography of rarities, oddities, and never-before-released recordings made throughout his tremendous 50-year career.

Buy/stream Lifetime Achievement here: https://ffm.to/lifetimeachievement