Loudon Wainwright III
Loudon Wainwright was one of the many folk performers branded "the new Dylan" in the late '60s. His confessional brand of folk originally captured ears for his honesty and wry sense of humor, and in 1972 he managed to crack the pop charts with his novelty hit "Dead Skunk." Never one to shy away from attention or a chance to speak his mind, Wainwright has attracted a major cult following due to his charismatic onstage persona. While some detractors may raise comparisons to political satirists like Mark Russell, Wainwright overcomes such inaccurate analogies by writing witty material and interjecting it with genuinely revealing snippets of life.