My colleague David Jasper talked to folk singer and father of an impressive brood, Loudon Wainwright III, about the inevitability of getting older … and what comes after that. Here’s an excerpt:
(Wainwright) told GO!, “I had a collection of songs that it seemed like, every single one of them, in one way or another, dealt with the topic. So I threw caution to the wind … my producer Dick Connette (and I) just decided to focus on that particular subject, and I think we did.”
They were conscious of not making things too heavy.
“Certainly, with that subject, it needs a light touch. Otherwise, you just get people bummed out for 50 minutes or however long the record lasts,” he said. “The idea being, we’re going to do a record about death and decay, but it would be entertaining.”
Elsewhere in the section:
— Brilliant banjo picker Danny Barnes and masterful mandolinist Matt Sircely will play twice this weekend: tonight in Sisters and Saturday in Bend. (Here is video, photos and a review of his terrific late-2011 show in Bend.)
— Prineville-based Christian band Ergo Rex celebrates its new album with a show tonight.
Plus: David Jacobs-Strain at the HarmonyHouse, Giraffe Dodgers and The Brown Edition at McMenamins, Bend d’Vine’s new jazz series, Tony Smiley + Keez + MoWo, The Selfless Riot, Greg Botsford and more. It’s all here.