LIVIN’, LOVIN’ LOSIN’: SONGS OF THE LOUVIN BROTHERS • AVAILABLE NOW
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APPEARANCES BY
Joe Nichols / Rhonda Vincent
Emmylou Harris / Rodney Crowell
James Taylor / Alison Krauss
Vince Gill / Terri Clark
Merle Haggard / Carl Jackson
Ronnie Dunn / Rebecca Lynn Howard
Glen Campbell/Leslie Satcher
Kathy Louvin / Pamela Brown Hayes
Linda Ronstadt / Carl Jackson
Patty Loveless / Jon Randall
Harley Allan / Dierks Bentley
Larry Cordle / Carl Jackson / Jerry Salley
Dolly Parton / Sonya Isaacs
Marty Stuart / Del McCoury
Pam Tillis / Johnny Cash with the Jordanaires
 
 

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 material.

THE LOUVIN BROTHERS LEGACY

Emotions 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.

TRACK LISTING:

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 Krauss
I Can't Keep You In Love With Me -- Vince Gill / Terri Clark
Must You Throw Dirt In My Face -- Merle Haggard / Carl Jackson
If I Could Only Win Your Love -- Ronnie Dunn / Rebecca Lynn Howard
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 Bentley
You're Running Wild -- Larry Cordle / Carl Jackson / Jerry Salley
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 the Jordanaires