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High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project

Loudon Wainwright III Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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listen  1. High Wide & Handsome 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Took My Gal Out Walkin' 2:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. I'm The Man Who Rode The Mule Around The World 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  5. Bill Mason's Bride 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Goodbye Booze 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Old Ballyhoo 1:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  9. I'm Glad I'm Married 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Mother's Last Farewell Kiss 4:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Acres Of Diamonds 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Way Up In NYC 4:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. If I Lose 3:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. The Great Reaping Day 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Where The Whippoorwill Is Whispering Goodnight 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 

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listen  5. Old And Only In The Way 3:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  7. Sweet Sunny South 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. The Letter That Never Came 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen11. Didn't He Ramble 4:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Ramblin' Blues 3:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Charlie's Last Song 4:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Beautiful 4:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. High Wide & Handsome (Reprise) 2:06$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 18, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: StorySound Records
  • ASIN: B002JUP8GU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,266 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's Put On A Show; Song, Wine and Women August 19, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Charlie Poole was an American banjo player. He was part of a string band that recorded in the 20's and 30's. He is revered by many folk and rock stars,and one of them is Loudon Wainwright, III. Charlie Poole's band "The Ramblers', was "a bluesy fiddle lead, backed up by long, flowing, melodic guitar runs and the finger-style banjo picking of Poole. Predictable as it may be, it was nonetheless outstanding. No string band in early country music equalled the Ramblers' controlled, clean, well-patterned sound." He played mostly cover songs, but he wrote many songs, words and music. Charlie Poole left a legacy that many remember, and Loudon Wainwright III has honored him by singing many of his songs.

This CD 'High Wide and Handsome:The Charlie Poole Project', has 2 discs with 30 songs of magnificent proportion. Many of the tunes are written by Charlie Poole, but Loudon has inserted several of his own songs. Wainwright's children, Rufus and Martha, join in on several tunes to make this a CD that you want to listen to over and over again. Charlie Poole was from North Carolina, and he always wanted to leave this world 'High Wide and Handsome'. That is an old southern expression that you called someone of wealth and importance.

Some of these tunes make no sense at all' I'm The Man Who Rode The Mule Around The World' is one that many have tried to understand and finally left alone. 'My Mother and My Sweetheart' is a tune that memorializes two women that are loved by a man, such sweet and lovely lyrics. 'Goodbye Booze' seems to be a favorite of all. Charlie Poole was a boozer and after a thirteen week drunk he died at the age of 38. The sentimental 'Mother's Farewell Kiss' is one of those songs where you sing along.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning folk/old-timey tribute album September 13, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Loudon Wainwright III
"High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project"
(Second Story, 2009)
This 2-CD set is a bold, brilliant tribute to Charlie Poole, one of the early old-timey country music superstars of the Great Depression, with singer-satirist Loudon Wainwright III taking a surprising, refreshing foray into earnest, straightforward traditional folk music.

Charlie Poole was a notorious ne'er-do-well, a hard-drinking musical prodigy from a small town in North Carolina who became a star in the 1920s. Like many artists of the era, he was poorly paid for his work, and while his records sold well, he found it hard to make ends meet. Poole was an accomplished musician, one of the best clawhammer banjo players of his time, and a sly, humorous singer. Eventually, the hard-living performer drank himself to death in 1931, as the economy collapsed and record sales fell flat -- Wainwright explores this mixed legacy, both the glory and the pathos, crafting a remarkable portrait that pierces the veil of time to present Poole as a three-dimensional person -- playful, boisterous, flawed and charismatic.

Wainwright bookends cover versions of old classics with new compositions that illuminate Poole's life. The first is the title track, "High Wide & Handsome," a masterpiece of bragadoccio that paints the singer as a lusty, vibrant scoundrel, a charming, charismatic braggart and lover of the good life -- in short, a rock star.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loudon Does it Handsome! August 18, 2009
By SloJoe
Format:Audio CD
I was a little dubious purchasing this, not being a fan of early country music or early Americana. It seemed all rather Grandma Moses to me, but I am a big Loudon Wainwright fan, so I thought "what the heck." Wow, was I pleasantly surprised! There's something for everyone who enjoys traditional acoustic music at all. It's chock full of songs serious, sardonic, sentimental, spiritual. It features guest appearances from a plethora of Wainwrights, Roches, and acoustic musicians such as Geoff Muldaur, David Mansfield, Chris Thile, Erik Friedlander, Rob Moose, etc. Not all the songs are to my taste, so that's why I docked it one star, but I'm sure glad I bought it!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible CD Set - Terrific Music! September 6, 2009
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I saw Loudon several months ago live in concert in Asheville, NC where spoke about at length and sang a few songs from the upcoming Charlie Poole concept album. He spoke of Charlie's life and how the project came together. At the time I found it odd that Loudon would attempt such a project about a 1920's bluegrass musician. The songs made little impression on me at the time and I quickly forgot about it. But when I saw the announcement the other day in Rolling Stone of the release of this 2 CD set set, and the first rate album art, I immediately got a strong gut feeling that this was going to be something magical. That my friends was an understatement!! In a nutshell, this CD is pure genius! I can't express in words how much I like this CD! Brillantly conceived and executed right down to the choice of studio musicians, album art, and liner notes, Loudon really belts one out of the park! I just hope that enough people hear it and can appreciate the gargantuan effort to put this tremendous project together. (check out the documentary on the making of this CD on YouTube) I have been a huge fan of Loudon since Album I and throughout his history his releases have oftentimes been uneven. However, If you have ever seen him in concert you know that his performances are always first rate and his showmansip is second to none. With this CD however, Loudon has clearly outdone himself. Everything here is firing on all pistons. The band and guest musicians just add the right flavor on every track. No overproduction here. If you like old time bluegrass or gospel music, or are just a fan of Loudon's music, I think there is something here for everyone. This CD gets 5 solid stars! Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Not as good as some of loudens previous CDs but it's a matter of taste
Published 1 month ago by j flynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Project !
Can't stop listing to this box set. I also have it my I-pod, always my go to when I need a pick-me -up .
Published 3 months ago by bigyank61
5.0 out of 5 stars Loudon Wainwright nails it!
I wish I could speak to Loudon.This is an incredible piece of work.
He has taken the tunes of another era and made them his own. The musicianship is outrageous. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Lynn L. Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE this album!
Once upon a time, what we now call "old timey" or "string band" music was a vital pop music. While it remains an important part of Americana heritage, it has long since been... Read more
Published 21 months ago by M. P. Friedman
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this Wainwright / Poole album
Excellent. Funny. Fun. Get it. You will be humming in your car or on your treadmill because these songs stay happily in the mind
Published 21 months ago by Valerie Liebelt
5.0 out of 5 stars great album
I love this collection of tunes. Saw Loudon at a small club in Portland Maine last year and bought it from him personally. Listened to it a few times and always enjoyed it. Read more
Published on December 27, 2010 by C. Schmidt
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This is great music. We so enjoy almost all of the songs on these cds.
Published on October 17, 2010 by E. Gelser
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply masterful.....
I confess that as a LWIII devotee I was worried when I read that his forthcoming double-CD was to be a biographical concept album - a homage to somebody I'd never even heard of,... Read more
Published on July 27, 2010 by Mr. P. S. Rapaport
5.0 out of 5 stars super audio recording good interpretation
Published on May 24, 2010 by Leon Venguer Katz
5.0 out of 5 stars a long way from "dead skunk in the middle of the road"
Playful, funny, beautiful harmonies, great voices, wonderful instrumentation... so many adjectives to describe the music in this CD. Read more
Published on May 3, 2010 by aunt-debber
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