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Unquestioned masters of Kentucky’s close-harmony style of country gospel, the Louvin Brothers were responsible for perfecting, and popularizing, the sweet harmonizing style that was first practiced by groups like Kentucky’s legendary Blue Sky Boys, and later brought to commercial prominence by the Everly Brothers. This album features a set of rare and startlingly intimate recordings cut live on the radio for Fort Payne Alabama’s WMPS station in 1952. The brothers sound more relaxed and playful than on many of their official recordings, and give spare readings of some of their most legendary material. The sound here is close and occasionally muffled, but this only adds an entirely appropriate sense of unearthly mystery to these songs, which tell tales of the individual’s search for grace and salvation. While musicians like the great Chet Atkins lent a lush atmosphere to the groups most popular recordings they appear here entirely unaccompanied, putting these songs over with only their voices and their simple but crystalline guitar and mandolin work.

Customer Reviews

The best ever

This is one of the best Albums ever. The Louvin Brothers are real country....oh yeah....and i was the first to write something....what now

(Or to me...) Songs My Daddy Listened To

These are great songs that I've "heard" since I was a little, little baby. They were my Father's favorites, in days when you didn't have a lot of records to begin with. What makes it special, it that my Father REALLY liked these albums after he had a few beers! And for that I am greatful - try it - you may be too! "Enjoy" your own good memories, and make more!


Formed: July 4, 1940 in Alabama

Genre: Country

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s

From the close-harmony brother acts of the '30s evolved Charlie and Ira Louvin, ranking among the top duos in country music history. With Ira's incredibly high, pure tenor and Charlie's emotional and smooth melody tenor, they learned well from the Bolick brothers (the Blue Sky Boys), the Monroe Brothers, the Delmore Brothers, and other major family duos of the previous generation, preserving the old-time flavor while bringing this genre into the '50s, when country music moved to a newer sound. Whatever...
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