Charlie Louvin: Suffering’s Straight Man

[imgbelt img= DownloadedFile.jpeg]The calm low voice of country music’s greatest duet has gone to meet his restless brother “in the air.”

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listen youself.

For country music afficionados, and perhaps even more so for those beyond its fringes, the Louvins’ music was something exotic, a weird symmetry of the wretched and the blithe. Ira and Charlie irradiated country’s old themes of piety and remorse, inspiring two more generations, already, of punkers and nouveau balladeers. This wasn’t just country music, but a brew of beauty, pain and camp.

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