COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME LEGEND
CHARLIE LOUVIN RETURNS WITH NEW ALBUM
Charlie Louvin, half of the legendary country music duo The Louvin Brothers alongside his late brother Ira, will release his first album in over 10 years February 20th, 2007 on New York City's Tompkins Square label.
The album was recorded in Spring/Summer 2006 with producer Mark Nevers (Lambchop, Calexico, Candi Staton) in Nashville and features guest appearances by Elvis Costello, Jeff Tweedy, Will Oldham, Tom T. Hall, George Jones, Bobby Bare Sr., Tift Merritt, Marty Stuart, David Kilgour, members of Bright Eyes, Lambchop, Superchunk, and others. Louvin selected classic Louvin Brothers material as well as some country favorites popularized by Jimmie Rogers, The Delmore Brothers, The Carter Family, and The Monroe Brothers. Charlie also sings a moving tribute to his late brother Ira.
Louvin enjoyed the experience. "Mark Nevers is one of the best engineers I've ever worked with. My brother and I cut our teeth on some of those old songs and they influenced us tremendously. I'm glad we're able to remind people of them."
Louvin's influence on country music, "Americana," "alt-country" or any derivation that you care to mention, is incalculable. The Louvin Brothers' unique harmonies and powerful lyrics have inspired many musicians to cover their material, such as Johnny Cash, Gram Parsons, The Byrds, Emmylou Harris, Uncle Tupelo and The Raconteurs.
Louvin will tour the U.S. extensively in 2007 with his band, and will make special appearances this summer to celebrate his 80th birthday (July 7th, 2007).
Tompkins Square is distributed in the US by Fontana Distribution, the independent distribution arm of Universal Music.
THE BAND: Chip Young - acoustic guitar / Chris Scruggs - acoustic guitar / Dennis Crouch - upright bass / Mitchell "Brownie" Brown - bass, background vocals / Dianne Berry - acoustic guitar, background vocals / Tony Crow - piano / William Tyler - acoustic guitar / Brian Kotzur – drums
Chip Young played as a session guy with Elvis Presley. Chris Scruggs is grandson of legendary Earl Scruggs and was in BR-549. Tony Crow and William Tyler are from Lambchop.
1. Must You Throw Dirt In My Face – featuring George Jones
2. Great Atomic Power – featuring Jeff Tweedy
3. Blues Stay Away From Me – featuring Bobby Bare Sr. on vocals, Tom T. Hall on vocals and Marty Stuart on mandolin
4. The Christian Life – featuring Eef Barzalay (Clem Snide)
5. When I Stop Dreaming – featuring Elvis Costello and Mac McCaughan (Superchunk, Portastatic) and Pete Cummings (Elvis Presley session guitarist)
6. Waiting For A Train – featuring George Jones on vocals and Marty Stuart on mandolin
7. Kneeling Drunkard's Plea – featuring Alex McManus on vocals (Bright Eyes)
8. Worried Man Blues – featuring Bobbie Bare Sr. on vocals, Kurt Wagner on vocals and Marty Stuart on mandolin
9. Grave On The Green Hillside – featuring Tift Merritt & Marty Stuart on mandolin
10. Knoxville Girl – featuring Will Oldham on vocals and Marty Stuart on mandolin
11. Ira – featuring Marty Stuart on mandolin
12. My Long Journey Home – featuring David Kilgour on guitar (The Clean)