TODAY'S GREAT ARTISTS PAY TRIBUTE TO THE TIMELESS MUSIC
OF THE LOUVIN BROTHERS
THE LOUVIN BROTHERS are universally heralded as one of the greatest harmony duos in the history of country music. Their music has influenced generations of great artists.
Gram Parsons paid friends to search used shops for Louvin Brothers records. It has been said that Elvis Presley had advance copies of records sent to him to give to his mother. A young Johnny Cash waited by the side of the road to catch a glimpse of Ira and Charlie Louvin drive past when he learned they were coming to his town. Emmylou Harris had her first hit with a Louvin Brother song.
Universal South Records has released LIVIN’, LOVIN’
LOSIN’: SONGS OF THE LOUVIN BROTHERS. With
Grammy-award winning producer Carl Jackson at the helm,
the album features a stellar cast of collaborators.
For decades the Louvin Brothers have been given credit
for having written some of the most powerful, raw and
emotional songs the country genre has ever known. There
has been a great deal of excitement surrounding the
making of an album that pays tribute to such worthy
LOUVIN BROTHERS LEGACY
run so raw in the songs of Ira and Charlie Louvin that
you get the feeling life hit them hard before they saw
it coming. Their lyrics read like first drafts of damage
reports -- direct, unadorned, and pulsing with shock
and disbelief: "The worst that I've ever been hurt
in my life/The first time I ever have wanted to die/Was
the night that you told me you loved someone else/And
asked me if I could forget." Of course, innocence
being eroded by experience is the keystone of traditional
country music. But the Louvins never seemed to lose
their emotional vulnerability. Occasionally, their innocence
could be a source of delight, as when they looked beyond
Depression-era hardships and glimpsed something majestic
and eternal: "Alabama, your beautiful sunlight/Your
fields of cericea, potatoes and corn/Alabama, your crimson
red clover/All mingled around the old place I was born."
Ira Lonnie and Charlie Elzer Loudermilk were born in
Section, a small town in northeastern Alabama, in 1924
and 1927, respectively. They began performing professionally
in 1942 as the Radio Twins. In 1947, they changed their
family name to the easier to spell and pronounce Louvin.
That same year, they made their first record for the
Apollo label. But it wasn't until after they signed
to Capitol Records that they had chart hits. Their first,
"When I Stop Dreaming," came in 1955, the
year they joined the Grand Ole Opry. Over the next three
years, they went Top-10 with "I Don't Believe You've
Met My Baby," "Hoping That You're Hoping,"
"You're Running Wild," "Cash on the Barrelhead"
and "My Baby's Gone."
The Louvins became writers for Acuff-Rose Music in the
late 1940s. Carl Smith scored a No. 1 in 1952 with their
"Are You Teasing Me." In 1956, the Browns
reached No. 2 with "I Take The Chance." Many
years later -- in 1975 -- Emmylou Harris plunged deep
into the Louvins' song bag and came up with her first
Top 5 country hit, "If I Could Only Win Your Love."
(Harris's mentor, country/rock pioneer Gram Parsons,
was a Louvins enthusiast. With the Byrds, he recorded
"The Christian Life" on the 1968 album, Sweethearts
Of The Rodeo. He also covered "Cash on the Barrelhead"
on his last album, Grievous Angel, released in 1974,
the year after his death.). The Louvins wrote some of
country music's most eloquent sacred songs, including
the aforementioned "The Christian Life," "The
Angels Rejoiced," "The Family Who Prays,"
"Mama's Angel," "Satan Is Real"
and "Weapon Of Prayer." In 1979, they were
inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
The brothers split up in 1963, each intent on going
it alone musically. Ira, however, died in car wreck
in 1965. Charlie went on to a distinguished solo recording
career and continues to perform on the Grand Ole Opry.
The Louvin Brothers were elected to the Country Music
Hall of Fame in 2001.
PRODUCER CARL JACKSON: "Kathy Louvin, Ira's daughter,
called me about a year and a half ago, and asked how
I thought a Louvin Brothers tribute would be received
and if I would be interested in producing it. I felt
confident that some record company would be happy to
put it out. I also felt reasonably sure that a lot of
my buddies in the business would be more than willing
to take part. I was not disappointed. The mention of
the Louvin name brought me a quick 'yes' from virtually
everyone I asked. I consider the Louvin Brothers the
greatest country music duo of all time, and they have
a catalog of incredible material to choose from."
Only a person of Jackson's talent and track record could
have pulled together such an ambitious project so quickly.
Many artists on the album have co-written with him,
performed with him and/or recorded his songs. Glen Campbell
was his boss and picking buddy for 12 years. A master
of the banjo (and most other stringed instruments),
Jackson became a professional musician in his early
teens. For five years, he was a member of Jim &
Jesse's Virginia Boys. In 1991, Spring Training, his
album with John Starling, earned him a Grammy for Best
Bluegrass Recording. "Little Mountain Church House,"
a co-write with Jim Rushing, was the International Bluegrass
Music Association Song of the Year award in 1990. Jackson
also has cuts by Garth Brooks, Pam Tillis, Rhonda Vincent,
Patty Loveless, Diamond Rio and Trisha Yearwood.
Introduction to Ira and Charlie Louvin
Cash On The Barrelhead -- Joe Nichols / Rhonda Vincent
My Baby's Gone -- Emmylou Harris / Rodney Crowell
How's The World Treating You -- James Taylor / Alison
I Can't Keep You In Love With Me -- Vince Gill / Terri
Must You Throw Dirt In My Face -- Merle Haggard / Carl
If I Could Only Win Your Love -- Ronnie Dunn / Rebecca
When I Stop Dreaming -- Glen Campbell/Leslie Satcher
I Wish You Knew -- Kathy Louvin / Pamela Brown Hayes
New Partner's Waltz -- Linda Ronstadt / Carl Jackson
Are You Teasing Me -- Patty Loveless / Jon Randall
I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby -- Harley Allan / Dierks
You're Running Wild -- Larry Cordle / Carl Jackson / Jerry
The Angels Rejoiced -- Dolly Parton / Sonya Isaacs
Let Us Travel, Travel On -- Marty Stuart / Del McCoury
Keep Your Eyes On Jesus -- Pam Tillis / Johnny Cash with