Loudon Wainwright III and Dar Williams
Wainwright the elder might be better known in some circles today for his musically gifted progeny, Rufus and Martha, but apples, as they say, don’t fall far from the tree. Over a career spanning more than four decades and 25 records, the folk singer-songwriter, actor, and incorrigible wag has seen a throwaway become a hit (1972’s “Dead Skunk”), memorably appeared on M*A*S*H (as “singing surgeon” Capt. Calvin Spaulding), and won a Grammy (after being nominated twice). Wainwright’s latest résumé entry, and the impetus for this tour, is last year’s Older Than My Old Man Now.
Though younger, Williams is no less iconic. A muse to countless college students (and the cooler mothers), her rascally clever folk songs abandon the railroads and hammers of yore to sing of modern-day struggles, like the impenetrable conceptual art of Yoko Ono, what it takes for Christians and pagans to sit down together to break bread, and life as a tomboy. Either of these troubadours can fill the Aladdin solo; it’s a prize to see them together.