Charlie Louvin remembered
Country legend Charlie Louvin died this past week after a battle with cancer. He was 83. He was one half of the Louvin Brothers with brother Ira, who died in 1965. In the 1950s and early ’60s, the brothers played honest-to-God, old-school country music that influenced generations of other artists from Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris to Will Oldham.
The Louvin Brothers also influenced Jeff Tweedy and Jay Farrar, who covered Great Atomic Power with their band Uncle Tupelo. Charlie Louvin was enjoying a bit of a comeback in recent years. In fact, Tweedy joined Louvin on an updated version of Atomic Power on the 2007 album, Charlie Louvin.
Charlie released his last album, The Battles Rage On, in November. Check out the Daytrotter session he did last June.
Here’s Charlie doing Great Atomic Power in ’07:
And here’s Uncle Tupelo covering the song in 1994:
Check out Louvin Brothers videos after the jump.