Loudon Wainwright III has had a very fine career over the past four decades. And yet he didn't win his first Grammy Award until earlier this year, for "High Wide & Handsome," a tribute to the late great Charlie Poole. Wainwright gives credit for the project to his producer/partner in crime, Dick Connette, who came up with the idea and put it together. But Connette defers to Wainwright for the album's success.
"It's one thing to have an idea," Connette says. "I can arrange Charlie Poole songs all day, month or year long and no one will give a [expletive]. Someone has to sing it, and Loudon was the one who found his voice in that material. Without him, it would be absolutely nothing, and I know that. Given that we were partners on this, it's easier on the heart, soul and mind to be in it together. You can share in the pleasure, or console each other if it doesn't work out. I was really happy that Loudon won. Banging away, writing songs, playing guitar and putting it in front of people has been his life for 40 years. So it's great he got this recognition -- especially that he got one before his kids. Now anybody can do whatever they want and it's fine, because daddy got his first!"