Charlie Louvin Explores Visions of Heaven & Hell on Two New Albums

Country Music Hall of Famer and half of the legendary
country duo The Louvin Brothers, Charlie Louvin releases two new
thematic albums on New York City’s Tompkins Square label.

Steps to Heaven, released September 16th, 2008, features ten traditional
sacred songs, a collection The New York Times’ Amanda Petrusich
calls “raw and stunning.” The release will be followed by Charlie Louvin
Sings Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs, out December 9, 2008. Both
albums were produced, recorded and mixed by Mark Nevers
(Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Andrew Bird, Bobby Bare Sr.) Louvin’s
2007 self-titled album was nominated for a Grammy, Best Traditional
Folk Album.

Although some might be surprised at a thematic Charlie Louvin album dealing with death and destruction, one needn’t look any further than the very first Louvin Brothers album to find a connection. Tragic Songs of Life, released in 1956, is full of emotional songs detailing heartbreak, betrayal, violence and loss. Inspired by Tompkins Square’s recent Grammy-nominated 3CD box set People Take Warning! Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs, 1913-1938, Charlie reached back for a couple of songs from that first Louvins album, and pulled five songs from the box set to create a moving and sometimes raucous new take on traditional songs of tragedy.

Nashville Record Release Events :
Dec 9th Release date: Grimey’s Record Store signing 6PM (w/ Those Darlins)
Dec 13th Country Music Hall of Fame signing 4-5:30PM
Dec 13th Midnight Jamboree/Ernest Tubb signing 12AM
Dec 15th WSM live on air 7AM
Dec 18th Record Release show (presented by WSM) – 3rd & Lindsley 9:30PM