Saturday, February 1, 2014


I was finishing up musician Charlie Louvin's autobiography when I had a letter from a friend speaking almost the exact same wish that Charlie Louvin had. It has to do with a Harley motorcycle.

Above is from the closing page of Louvin's book Satan Is Real: The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers.

Two good ol' boys from Alabama, Ira and Charlie Louvin's music influenced wide and mighty: from The Beatles, Everly Brothers, The Byrds, Emmylou Harris, Handsome Family, just for starters.

In 1964, Charlie split professionally with Ira and started a solo career. While traveling between solo engagements the following year, Ira was killed near Kansas City, Mo., when his car was struck by a drunk driver.

(Harper Collins 2012)

The same design on the book, and title, was used for the brothers 1959 Capitol Records release.
An album coveted by record collectors today.


ACravan said...

I didn't know Charlie Louvin had written his autobiography. (Funny the things you miss when you've been keeping your head down in your work during a no-fun period.) So thank you for this. After listening to other people's interpretation of Louvin Brothers material for so long, I remember finally picking up the original recordings many years ago at the Ernest Tubb record store in Nashville and nothing's been the same since. Curtis

Bob Arnold / Longhouse said...

Curtis, you sure know where to buy your music!

all's well, Bob

ACravan said...

There was a year or so period when I traveled to Nashville frequently on business. I had friends there and it was always a great pleasure. I learned a lot on those trips.


Luster said...


Nice to see this. My old friend Mike Manning was a great friend to Charlie Louvin in his final years and produced his last single, a moving version of "Tom T. Hall's "Back When We Were Young" coupled with a remake of the Louvin's first recording "Alabama." It was for the tiny Chicken Ranch label. Not available on Grooveshark but it is on Spotify. I love the image of Charlie dreaming of his Harley.

Keep dreaming,

Bob Arnold / Longhouse said...

Ah, Curtis & Mike,

Just think of the power of the Louvins beyond the grave.

As if they didn't already know.

Best to Mike Manning's work as well.

all's well, Bob