Louvin goes north
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
– Charlie Louvin has signed with True North Records of Canada and will release a new album this fall.
The first album to be released under the new deal will be "The Battle Rages On," a collection of war songs dating back to the American Civil War and includes the talents of special guests Del McCoury and Jamie Dailey.
Louvin, a Country Music Hall of Fame member, released several albums in recent years on a small New York City label. He began his career as one half of The Louvin Brothers and has released nearly 20 albums over 4 decades.
True North Records is a leading independent roots music label founded in 1969, based in Ontario Canada and is home to Bruce Cockburn, Murray McLaughlan, Lynn Miles and Catherine MacLellan. The CD is distributed by E1 in the U.S. and Universal Music in Canada.
Louvin has been battling cancer.
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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.
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