Folk singer-songwriter and humorist, Loudon Wainwright III, returns to the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. He came to fame when “Dead Skunk” became a Top 20 hit in 1972. Wainwright wrote his first song in 1968 (“Edgar” about a lobsterman in Rhode Island) while in San Francisco partaking in the “Summer of Love”. He was soon signed to Atlantic Records by Nesuhi Ertegun, and was lured by Clive Davis to Columbia Records, which released “Dead Skunk”. His songs have since been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Cash, Earl Scruggs, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, his son Rufus Wainwright, and Mose Allison, among others.
Wainwright has also starred on TV in M.A.S.H. and Undeclared, and on Broadway in Pump Boys and Dinettes. Most recently, he appeared in Soderbergh’s film Mosaic, and has been performing a one-man theatrical show, Surviving Twin, which combines his songs and the writings of his late father: Initially developed as part of University of North Carolina’s Playmakers series, Surviving Twin focuses on fatherhood — both being a father and having one — and also explores the issues of birth, self-identity,loss, mortality, fashion, and of course, pet ownership.
“Haven’t Got the Blues (Yet)” — or “HGTB(Y)”, for short — is the 26th album in the long and illustrious career of Loudon Wainwright III. It follows his acclaimed “Older Than My Old Man Now” album — “my death n’ decay opus”, as Wainwright calls it, and 2010’s Grammy-winning “High Wide & Handsome”. In “HGTB(Y)” he broadens his scope with a 14-song, genre-bounding set (“eclectricity”, he calls it) dealing with varied subject matter including depression, drinking, senior citizenship, gun control, heartbreak, pet ownership and New York City’s arcane practice of alternate side-of-the-street parking.
Doors 7:00pm / Show 8:00pm
Visit the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall website for additional information and to purchase tickets. Tickets can also be purchased at their box office and at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre box office.