RIP Charlie Louvin

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Rave review from earlier this month

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303703004577474972942879772.html

Two months before his own death in 2011, Charlie Louvin finished work on an autobiography that was published earlier this year. "Satan Is Real: The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers" (Igniter/HarperCollins), which has the rough-hewn sound of a real person swapping stories after hours, is one of the most important and illuminating memoirs ever written by a country singer. Not only is it as readable as a first-rate novel, but "Satan Is Real," which is named after the Louvin Brothers' best-known album, a 1959 collection of gospel songs, offers urbanites a joltingly vivid glimpse of what it was like to grow up on a Depression-era farm.

Like Monk Never Happened (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 2 August 2012 00:07 (eight years ago) link

Of course I mean last month.

Like Monk Never Happened (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 2 August 2012 00:10 (eight years ago) link

Just bought that book. It's tremendously readable without getting too academic (actually, not academic even in the slightest), and I'm pretty amazed at Charlie's honesty and forthrightness about a lot of stuff most folks wouldn't talk about at all. The bits about his father killing dogs and stuff at the beginning pretty much blew my mind.

crustaceanrebel, Thursday, 2 August 2012 00:34 (eight years ago) link

Yeah I'm almost 3/4 through it now and I can't recommend it enough. The stuff about Elvis is really great.

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 2 August 2012 01:39 (eight years ago) link

one year passes...

Book is great! Co-sign!

jamiesummerz, Thursday, 2 January 2014 22:09 (six years ago) link

three months pass...

Somebody I knew who met him told me he was a total button pusher, which I can believe, but I file it in the same folder with Miles Davis sending out a lot of attitude as a protective measure, like a beautiful Amazonian creature exudes poison to ward off predators. Was just reading something about Ray Charles recording Modern Sounds of Country and Western Music and was reminded of the story of Charlie going to see him in Vegas and Ray announcing "one of my favorite songs" and having then shine a spotlight on Charlie before singing "When I Stop Dreaming" and I was moved all over again.

Kilgore Haggard Replica (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 24 April 2014 02:59 (six years ago) link

That's a great story, James.

Here's an article about the guy who put together the book:

banjoboy, Thursday, 24 April 2014 03:30 (six years ago) link

Sorry. Here's the link: http://www.avclub.com/article/whats-it-co-write-someone-elses-autobiography-203493

banjoboy, Thursday, 24 April 2014 03:35 (six years ago) link

damn. I love the book even more now -- and I loved the shit out of it before reading that.

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 24 April 2014 04:29 (six years ago) link

Yeah, thanks for posting that link, banjoboy, it makes the whole thing a little bit deeper, which might have seemed impossible.

Kilgore Haggard Replica (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 24 April 2014 04:41 (six years ago) link

kinda interested in that guy's fiction now

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 24 April 2014 04:59 (six years ago) link

Think he only has the one novel out so far, with another coming this September. I glanced at the first few pages of the first one, seemed like pretty violent noir, which can be good, but not every guy can be, I dunno, Jim Thompson. Still curious, if you read it and recommend it would take the plunge.

Kilgore Haggard Replica (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 24 April 2014 05:11 (six years ago) link

six months pass...

Just finished the book. Loved it! I really want him to have lived long enough to see people enjoying his story.

Evan, Wednesday, 12 November 2014 20:41 (five years ago) link

otm

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 13 November 2014 00:40 (five years ago) link

yeah this book was great!

tylerw, Thursday, 13 November 2014 20:42 (five years ago) link

Need to reread

Junior Dadaismus (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 14 November 2014 02:01 (five years ago) link

why oh why did I wait so long to read this. the first few chapters are insane.

Οὖτις, Monday, 17 November 2014 16:57 (five years ago) link

Yeah I've gone ahead and recommended it to everyone I can.

Evan, Monday, 17 November 2014 17:21 (five years ago) link

What finally brought you around, Shakey? Did Barry Malzberg recommend it?

Junior Dadaismus (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 17 November 2014 18:19 (five years ago) link

haha no this has been on my list for a long time and when this thread got revived I looked it up at my local library branch and they had it

Οὖτις, Monday, 17 November 2014 18:25 (five years ago) link

two years pass...

First version of "I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby" I hit on Spotify seems to be a rerecord with a ringer instead of Ira. Was able to find a more authentic version though.

Bazooka Jobim (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 6 November 2017 03:43 (two years ago) link

nine months pass...

Listening to the Taylor Coe podcast about the Louvins right now

Spirits Having Pwned (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 30 August 2018 01:09 (two years ago) link

They just had a big hit with “When I Stop Dreaming” and buy two Nudie suits- each!

Spirits Having Pwned (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 30 August 2018 01:41 (two years ago) link

Highly recommend that podcast

The Great Atomic Power Ballad (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 30 August 2018 14:01 (two years ago) link

Agreed. The Louvins episode is what pulled me in.

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 30 August 2018 14:54 (two years ago) link

Are you still in NYC?

The Great Atomic Power Ballad (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 30 August 2018 14:55 (two years ago) link

Yah - I'm here for another two and a weeks or so. I'll bump a thread.

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 30 August 2018 16:13 (two years ago) link

Cool

The Great Atomic Power Ballad (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 30 August 2018 18:58 (two years ago) link

Now have listened to the Buck Owens/Don Rich episodes. Incredible stuff. This guy knows exactly what I want to hear.

The Great Atomic Power Ballad (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 31 August 2018 00:12 (two years ago) link

i just subscribed today and am going to give it a listen.

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 31 August 2018 03:13 (two years ago) link

Two things, in no particular order:
1) Don Rich had some crazy eating habits
2) The Buck and the Buckaroos bluegrass album Ruby is great.

The Great Atomic Power Ballad (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 31 August 2018 23:15 (two years ago) link

Going to see if I can use the long weekend to make it through the three-parter (!) on “Harper Valley PTA.”

The Great Atomic Power Ballad (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 1 September 2018 00:10 (two years ago) link

Yeah Tyler's no slouch. And he's a deep, deep music nerd -- the final episode of the season, when he responded to listener questions, he damn near blew my mind when he mentioned he was a Disco Inferno fan. Followed him immediately after that on Twitter.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 1 September 2018 00:13 (two years ago) link

the first episode on Tubbs has hooked me. just the way he broke down Tubb’s singing style & Acuff & George Jones was like,<3 bless u sir

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 1 September 2018 01:10 (two years ago) link

the first episode on Tubbs has hooked me. just the way he broke down Tubb’s singing style & Acuff & George Jones was like,<3 bless u sir

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 1 September 2018 01:21 (two years ago) link

ugh :(

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 1 September 2018 01:21 (two years ago) link

What?

The Great Atomic Power Ballad (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 1 September 2018 01:22 (two years ago) link

double posting

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 1 September 2018 01:53 (two years ago) link

Listening to one of the Buckaroos pretending to be Ernest Tubb during the Fun N’ Games section of the Carnegie Hall Concert.

The Great Atomic Power Ballad (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 3 September 2018 17:47 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

No idea! I missed this announcement

Οὖτις, Sunday, 28 October 2018 16:36 (one year ago) link

Okay, some of these have been showing up in my Release Radar and sounded fine, just hadn’t put two and two together.

Buckaroo Can't Fail (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 28 October 2018 17:17 (one year ago) link

eleven months pass...
five months pass...

So hey, I wrote a Louvin Brothers pastiche once, which I kind of like. But I never had an appropriate project to perform it in or had friends follow through on their interest in doing so. I could post this lyrics here if you like.

Robbie Shakespeare’s Sister Lovers (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 21 March 2020 02:59 (five months ago) link

two weeks pass...

I may post that before the weekend is over.

Three Hundred Pounds of Almond Joy (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 10 April 2020 21:22 (five months ago) link

I will read them

Mule, Friday, 10 April 2020 21:39 (five months ago) link

I wrote this Louvin Brothers pastiche once and it kind of scared me, I felt like I was channeling Ira. I am posting it here in honor of this Holy Week of Our Lenten Quarantine. Stay safe!

Don't Be A Stranger To The Manger - James Redd
(Chorus)
Don't be a stranger to the manger
Don't keep your distance from the cross
Don't forget you'll have to answer to
The man upstairs who's boss

One day there'll come an onslaught
Of a great Satanic horde
When we fight that final battle
Will you side up with the Lord?

(Verse)
So many men and women
Pursuing gold and fame
Seeking out their own destruction
Like moths before the flame

They'll enjoy a few good hours
But at what enormous cost
When their one immortal soul
For eternity is lost

( repeat chorus)
(2nd verse)
On the stages of theaters (pronounced "the-aters")
On the floors of ballrooms grand
In the discotheques and nightclubs
Across this sinful land

You can hear their voices rising
In a great unruly swell
Is there anything more certain
Than where in the end they'll dwell?

(chorus)

Three Hundred Pounds of Almond Joy (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 11 April 2020 12:53 (five months ago) link

Haha, that’s great. I wanna hear this now.

Mule, Saturday, 11 April 2020 15:17 (five months ago) link


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