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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 CD review - 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 CD review - 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 CD review - 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. »»»
Concert Review: The Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
Concert Review: White makes the case for himself, no matter how dark the music – John Paul White opined with a glint in his eyes that his songs were not of the uplifting variety. In fact, they were downright dark. How else to explain "The Long Way" with the line "long way home back to you." Or "James," a song inspired by his grandfather who suffered from dementia. But lest you think that the Alabama... »»»
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