Charlie Louvin [2007]

Charlie Louvin [2007]

by Charlie Louvin


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Although country giant Charlie Louvin has rarely taken a break from recording, this effort promises to be his highest-profile album release in some time. As one half of country's greatest brother duo with his older sibling Ira, Charlie sang a sturdy, emotive lead tenor harmony to Ira's soaring, otherworldly high tenor (Bill Monroe considered Ira the second-best tenor ever, after himself); now nearing 80, his weathered voice is endearingly rough around the edges, but he can still plumb the heart of a song like no one else. The dozen tracks here amount to Louvin landmarks, both from the brothers' catalog (towering entries such as "When I Stop Dreaming," featuring a wobbly second vocal by Elvis Costello, and the ever-topical "The Great Atomic Power," complete with a children's chorus plus Jeff Tweedy backing Charlie) and from Charlie's solo work (most notably his stirring tribute "Ira," which articulates most vividly how Charlie continues to feel his brother's presence in his music). Although Tift Merritt conjures a chilling performance when her turn comes on the Carter Family's "Grave on the Green Hillside," and Bright Eyes' Alex McManus is suitably doom-laden on "Kneeling Drunkard's Plea," the most effective duet partners are veterans George Jones, Tom T. Hall, and Bobby Bare Sr. Bare Sr. and Tom T. (the latter in a husky recitation) are good 'n' greasy on "Blues Stay Away from Me," and Jones is ragged but right on Bill Anderson's comical breakup song "Must You Throw Dirt in My Face" and on a rustic version of Jimmie Rodgers's "Waiting for a Train." But Charlie is always the star -- he's the one who brings it on every cut, his depth of soul and buoyancy of spirit leaving a listener slack-jawed.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/20/2007
Label: Tompkins Square
UPC: 0856075001042
catalogNumber: 1042
Rank: 174473

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charlie Louvin   Primary Artist
Marty Stuart   Mandolin
Tom T. Hall   Vocals
George Jones   Vocals
Elvis Costello   Vocals
Chip Young   Acoustic Guitar
Dennis Crouch   Upright Bass
Pete Cummings   Acoustic Guitar
Tony Harrell   Keyboards
Tracy Miller   Background Vocals
Jeff Tweedy   Background Vocals
David Kilgour   Electric Guitar
Mac McCaughan   Organ,Guitar
Kurt Wagner   Vocals
Alex McManus   Vocals
Tony Crow   Piano
Will Oldham   Vocals
Paul Burch   Guitar
Tift Merritt   Vocals
Chris Scruggs   Acoustic Guitar
Dan John Miller   Background Vocals
Lily Nevers   Background Vocals
William Tyler   Acoustic Guitar
Brian Kotzur   Drums

Technical Credits

Anita Carter   Composer
Charlie Monroe   Composer
Mother Maybelle Carter   Composer
A.P. Carter   Composer
June Carter Cash   Composer
Henry Glover   Composer
Ira Louvin   Composer
Charlie Louvin   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Mark Nevers   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Wayne Raney   Composer
Helen Carter   Composer
Alton Delmore   Composer
Rabon Delmore   Composer
Joel T. Jordan   Art Direction
Buddy Bain   Composer
Traditional   Composer

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