Charlie Louvin releases second CD since September
Tuesday, December 9, 2008 – Age does not seem to be catching up with Charlie Louvin when it comes to putting out new music. The country singer, who once upon a time was one half of the Louvin Brothers with his late brother Ira, put out his second CD since September today. "Charlie Louvin Sings Murder Ballads and Disaster Songs" follows on the heels of "Steps to Heaven" in September. Mark Nevers (Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Andrew Bird, Bobby Bare Sr.) produced and mixed both releases. Louvin re-recorded several songs from the Louvins 1956 album, "Tragic Songs of Life." He also picked 9 songs from a box set, "People Take Warning! Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs, 1913-1938."
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The Battle Rages On
Several years ago, a childhood hero hawked autographs during an old-timers game. Watching a once larger-than-life figure reduced to scrawling his name on penny cards for $20 was distressing, but the money was paid to a man who - it appeared - had no room in his life for false pride. The message was clear: he was doing what he needed to do.
That experience came back while listening to "The Battle Rages On," the latest from Country Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member Charlie Louvin. »»»
Charlie Louvin Sings Murder Ballads and Disaster Songs
Charlie Louvin is an old pro, and the latter term is no less true than the former. More than four decades after his brother and singing partner, Ira, met his maker on a highway in Missouri, Louvin is still churning out albums, many of them with a gospel theme. He handles the material here quite capably, but the theme might have been better suited to Ira.
Louvin's arrangements are downright buoyant and, partly for that reason, the album lacks the visceral impact its title portends. »»»
Steps to Heaven
Charlie Louvin is back with one of the most straightforward gospel albums of his long, distinguished career, and hosannas are in order. At 81, he's hardly the same singer who elevated the art of tight harmonies with his brother, Ira, in the 1940s and '50s. However, collaboration is no less vital on this, his third studio album of the last three years(!). The Lord may have to wait a while to reclaim the younger Mr. Louvin.
Louvin is in fine voice, but it is the strident, starchy piano »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
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That has only served to increase the fan base of the rootsy, sometimes country, more often soulful group, as they headlined a sold-out crowd of about 930 at the venerable rock club.... »»»
Concert Review: Foster, Smith finally join forces, fortunately
Years in the talking, long-time friends Radney Foster and Darden Smith finally hit the road together. While the current tour - all one week of it - is on the short side time-wise, the music had not only length, but a lot of depth.
Foster, who has enjoyed a successful recording and perhaps more importantly songwriting career in the country realm, and... »»»
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