Charlie Louvin Sings Murder Ballads And Disaster Songs

Charlie Louvin Sings Murder Ballads And Disaster Songs
As one half of the legendary Louvin Brothers, Charlie Louvin can claim to have as much influence on the entire alt-country movement as anyone. Much of that stems from the essential '50s albums Tragic Songs Of Life and Satan Is Real, both of which were endlessly plundered by Gram Parsons and his followers. Although Charlie's solo career never reached such heights again following Ira's death in 1965, this American Recordings-style release shows that even at age 81, Louvin still has full command of his abilities to convey deep sadness in song. For fans of old time country, the song selection is spot on - "Wreck Of The Old 97," "Mary Of The Wild Moor," "Dark As A Dungeon" - while the subtle accompaniment doesn't push Louvin's admittedly world-weary voice too hard. But it's that voice that's endlessly compelling. These are songs that Louvin has been singing his entire life and it shows in the experience that drips from every phrase. (Sub Pop)