Singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III returns to Benaroya Hall for a candid evening of folk songs as only he could write. His songs, filled with sharp wit and a self-mocking style, have been recorded by the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Cash, Earl Scruggs, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, and his son Rufus Wainwright. Born in Chapel Hill, N.C. in 1946, Loudon Wainwright III came to fame when “Dead Skunk” became a Top 20 hit in 1972. He had studied acting at Carnegie-Mellon University, but dropped out to partake in the “Summer of Love” in San Francisco, and wrote his first song in 1968 (“Edgar,” about a lobsterman in Rhode Island). He was soon signed to Atlantic Records by Nesuhi Ertegun, and was lured by Clive Davis to Columbia Records, which released “Dead Skunk.” Wainwright has recorded 27 albums, including his Grammy-winning High, Wide & Handsome (2010).