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Album: High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project
# Song Title   Time
1)    High Wide & Handsome
2)    Took My Gal Out Walkin'
3)    I'm the Man Who Rode the Mule Around the World
4)    My Mother and My Sweetheart
5)    Bill Mason's Bride
6)    Goodbye Booze
7)    Old Ballyhoo
8)    Little Waterloo
9)    I'm Glad I'm Married
10)    Mother's Last Farewell Kiss
11)    Acres of Diamonds
12)    Way Up in NYC
13)    If I Lose
14)    Great Reaping Day, The
15)    Where the Whippoorwill Is Whispering Goodnight
1)    Man in the Moon, The
2)    Deal, The
3)    No Knees
4)    Moving Day
5)    Old and Only in the Way
6)    Ragtime Annie
7)    Sweet Sunny South
8)    Letter That Never Came, The
9)    Awful Hungry Hash House
10)    Rowena
11)    Didn't He Ramble
12)    Ramblin' Blues
13)    Charlie's Last Song
14)    Beautiful
15)    High Wide & Handsome (Reprise)
 

Album: High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project
# Song Title   Time
1)    High Wide & Handsome
2)    Took My Gal Out Walkin'
3)    I'm the Man Who Rode the Mule Around the World
4)    My Mother and My Sweetheart
5)    Bill Mason's Bride
6)    Goodbye Booze
7)    Old Ballyhoo
8)    Little Waterloo
9)    I'm Glad I'm Married
10)    Mother's Last Farewell Kiss
11)    Acres of Diamonds
12)    Way Up in NYC
13)    If I Lose
14)    Great Reaping Day, The
15)    Where the Whippoorwill Is Whispering Goodnight
1)    Man in the Moon, The
2)    Deal, The
3)    No Knees
4)    Moving Day
5)    Old and Only in the Way
6)    Ragtime Annie
7)    Sweet Sunny South
8)    Letter That Never Came, The
9)    Awful Hungry Hash House
10)    Rowena
11)    Didn't He Ramble
12)    Ramblin' Blues
13)    Charlie's Last Song
14)    Beautiful
15)    High Wide & Handsome (Reprise)
 
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Performer Notes
  • Tributee: Charlie Poole.
  • Personnel: Loudon Wainwright III (vocals, guitar, banjo, background vocals); Chaim Tannenbaum (vocals, guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, background vocals); Maggie Roche (vocals, background vocals); Peter Ecklund (whistling, trumpet); Matt Munisteri (guitar, banjo); Rob Moose (acoustic guitar, National guitar, tenor guitar, mandolin, violin); David Mansfield (dobro, mandolin, violin, background vocals); Geoff Muldaur (banjo); Chris Thile (mandolin, background vocals); Dana Lyn, Rayna Gellert, Paul Woodiel (violin); Danielle Farina (viola); Erik Friedlander (cello); Wade Schuman (harmonica); C.J. Camerieri (trumpet, French horn); Dan "D Unit" Levine (trombone, euphonium); Michael Davis (trombone); Marcus Rojas (tuba); Paul Asaro (piano); Ben Perowsky, Stefan Schatz (drums); Dick Connette (bass drum, cymbals, background vocals); Dave Roche, Martha Wainwright, Rufus Wainwright, Sloan Wainwright, Suzzy Roche, Terre Roche (background vocals).
  • Audio Mixers: Alex Venguer; Scott Lehrer.
  • Liner Note Authors: Dick Connette; Greil Marcus; Kinney Rorrer; Loudon Wainwright III.
  • Recording information: 2nd Story Sound, New York, NY (05/2008-06/2009); Ultratone Studio, Studio City, CA (05/2008-06/2009).
  • Photographers: Paula Court; Milton Kramer; Chuck Levey; Paula Court; Milt Kramer.
  • Arrangers: Rob Moose; Dick Connette; Geoff Muldaur; Matt Munisteri.
  • Charlie Poole (1892-1931) was a hard-living, plain-singing, banjo-picking raconteur, amateur baseball player, mill worker, boozer, and bootlegger whose name may not be as well known as, say, Jimmie Rodgers or the Carter Family, but who nonetheless helped define what country music later became. Loudon Wainwright built this album around both old songs associated with Poole and new ones that help move the Poole story forward for today's world. Poole was not primarily a songwriter; he took what he heard elsewhere and bent it to his will. But he had an inimitable populist style, a whole lot of attitude and charisma, and the kind of sly humor that a sly humorist like Wainwright certainly can embrace. Of the 30 tracks spread across these two discs, all but nine were found among Poole's own, relatively small catalog. Without attempting to replicate the acoustic string band sound of the '20s and early '30s, Wainwright gets to the heart of songs such as "I'm the Man Who Rode the Mule Around the World," "Moving Day" (with the Roches on background vocals), "The Letter That Never Came," and "Mother's Last Farewell Kiss," tunes that Poole waxed and which, in the hands of Wainwright, manage to open a window into the Depression-era life while remaining viable to contemporary ears. Loudon's new songs are intended not so much to conform to Poole's style (although they do that, too) as to embellish upon it.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.84) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Wainwright's sprawling family add clever harmonies to songs about marriage, booze and rabble-rousing."

Record Collector (magazine) (p.99) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "Wainwright and his producer Dick Connette keep things flowing with arrangements that run from solo voice to string backing and, naturally, the banjo features prominently."
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