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Loudon Wainwright III sets October release for new album I’d Rather Lead a Band

The legend turns band leader for his new project.

Loudon Wainwright III
Credit: Thirty Tigers

Loudon Wainwright III will release new album I’d Rather Lead a Band on 9th October via Thirty Tigers.

The album is a collaboration with Vince Giordano and his band The Nighthawks, and producer and music supervisor Randall Poster. The 14-track collection takes on classic songs fom the 1920s and 30s featuring Wainwright as singer and band leader.

Wainwright and Giordano’s big band present a perfectly paced supper club set of songs by Irving Berlin (I’d Rather Lead a Band and The Little Things In Life), Fats Waller (Ain’t Misbehavin’), Frank Loesser (More I Cannot Wish You), and others with nimble phrasing and an approach that lets the songs lead the way, like a dance partner.

To choose the songs, Wainwright, Poster and producer Stewart Lerman volleyed dozens of mp3s and YouTube videos back and forth, ultimately whittling them down to 14 picks.

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“I loved the idea of just being a vocalist,” he says. “It was freeing, because I could shed my Loudon Wainwright III-ness. I will no doubt return to my foremost incarnation, but what a pleasure it was to settle back with this marvellous band and sing these songs.”

The track list for I’d Rather Lead A Band is:

1. How I Love You (I’m Tellin’ the Birds, Tellin’ the Bees)
2. Ship Without A Sail
3. Ain’t Misbehavin’
4. I’m Going to Give it to Mary with Love
5. The Little Things in Life
6. So the Bluebirds and the Blackbirds Got Together
7. A Perfect Day
8. I Thought About You
9. I’d Rather Lead a Band
10. My Blue Heaven
11. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
12. Heart and Soul
13. You Rascal You (I’ll Be Glad When You’re Dead)
14. More I Cannot Wish You

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