High Wide & Handsome
Produced by Dick Connette
“Poole might have been waiting all these years for someone to talk back to him so completely in his own language; Wainwright might have been waiting since he first heard Charlie Poole to get up the nerve to do it.” - Greil Marcus
A grand gathering of songs, both old and original — Loudon Wainwright revisits the life, times, and recorded legacy of legendary singer and banjo picker Charlie Poole (1892-1931). Guest appearances by Martha Wainwright, Rufus Wainwright, Sloan Wainwright, Lucy Wainwright Roche, and Maggie, Terre, and Suzzy Roche. Also featuring mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile. The music ranges from back porch to parlor, street corner to music hall — sentimental songs, vaudeville songs, minstrel songs, jazz, gospel, bluegrass, ragtime — a compendium of the strains that have created and continue to create American popular music. Oversize package includes 72 page booklet with lyrics, historical photos, biographical essay by Kinney Rorrer, and notes by Greil Marcus.
Release Date: August 18, 2009