They may not even know his big hit, “Dead Skunk,” but veteran singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III is seeing some new faces in his audiences thanks to his latest album, “Strange Weirdos: Music From and Inspired by the Film ‘Knocked Up.’ ”
“It can’t have hurt,” says Wainwright, 61, who’s been releasing albums since 1970. “At the end of the night when I’m selling CDs, young fresh faces turn up. They’re either ‘Knocked Up’ fans or ‘Superbad’ fans or ‘Freaks & Geeks’ fans.
“I’ve benefited from my involvement with some of those projects, so new people are turning up, and it’s great.”
Wainwright — the father of singer-songwriters Rufus and Martha Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche — collaborated on “Strange Weirdos” with Rochester Adams graduate Joe Henry, who’s also producing Wainwright’s next album, “Recovery,” a set of full-band re-recordings of songs from his first three albums. Wainwright says he and Henry had a sense early on that “Knocked Up” would be a big hit and help raise the former’s profile.
“We went to a lot of screenings,” Wainwright recalls. “I probably saw the movie nine times before it came out. I was aware of the fact people were loving it and laughing all at the same time in certain parts. I certainly had a sense it would do well, and I’m glad that (success) has reflected on me somewhat.”
Loudon Wainwright III and Lucy Wainwright Roche perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 28) at the Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. Tickets are $20. Call (734) 761-1451 or visit www.theark.org.