Charlie Louvin to Undergo Surgery to Remove Cancer; New Release List; Preview Ricky Skaggs’ Mosaic

Brody Vercher | July 6th, 2010

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  1. [...] legend Charlie Louvin, survivor of the Louvin Brothers, is still recording in his 80s, despite recently diagnosed serious illness. In an interesting example of generational impact in country music his new project, released later [...]
  2. [...] Tuesday in the News Roundup, Brody included a quote from Randy Houser on the importance of physical appearance in the country music industry. [...]
  1. Paul W Dennis
    July 6, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Here’s wishing the best to Charlie Louvin – I last saw him about three years ago – he gives it his all every time out

    July 6, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Randy Houser is right on with his comments.

  3. Stewman
    July 6, 2010 at 11:47 am

    First time I saw “Im Glad It was You” By Ragsdale back on one of those late night CMT shows in 04-05, I really thought they had serious star power. Great powerful song, with strong melodies. As is the case with this business, alot of it comes down to support and timing. So sad to hear of his passing.

  4. Noeller
    July 6, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    ha ha – I love Randy’s comments, and definitely agree with him, but the cynic in me is wondering if he’s just having trouble shedding that last 35lbs ;) (kidding Houser!!)

  5. Michelle
    July 6, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    I’m glad that Randy Houser wasn’t placing the blame on us listeners. I can’t imagine a music fan that would rather listen to artists with little talent, because the artist “looks” good instead of listening to really talented artists that “SOUNDS” good. I always thought music was for the ears not the eyes. When I fall in love with the music then I start falling in love with the singer even if he’s not cute(to me). I’m sure there are a few that pick looks over talent, but I think they are probably the minority.

  6. Nicolas
    July 6, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    What a shame, Randy Houser thinks radio won’t play him because of his looks… ever thought maybe it was that your music sucks? Hmm

  7. Noeller
    July 6, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Except that the majority of RH’s tunes DON’T suck. I was listening to his “Anything Goes” disc over the long weekend and just marveling over some of the tunes on there. “Anything Goes” is friggin’ brilliant, and “Lie” is hilarious. Houser is definitely one of the best songwriters in the game today, but as with a lot of artists, he’s being forced to release the shittiest of his material to radio.

  8. Stewman
    July 6, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    If you’re being forced to release your shittiest material, it might be time to switch labels.

  9. Stormy
    July 6, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Or raise your standard so that the worst song you can release is still pretty good.

  10. Stormy
    July 6, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Wait, no I meant to say raise your standard until your shit don’t stink.


  11. Rick
    July 6, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    I take exception to the last paragraph in the Elizabeth Cook interview in American Songwriter:

    ““When I’m rolling with Rodney Crowell and Nanci Griffith and Todd Snider and Hayes Carll and Ray Wylie…all these guys…are like…serious songwriters,” says Cook. “And I can’t be writing no ‘Oh, here’s the river and the moon and I love you and this is the greatest love ever’ song. I mean, that’s just not going to fly. I couldn’t hold my head up.”

    Elizabeth’s debut “Blue” album (which is available for download at Amazon) is one of my favorite country albums of the last decade and I find nothing on “Welder” much to my liking. Elizabeth has now been almost totally “Americana-ized”, which is not surprising considering the company she keeps and her husband’s influence. Why can’t artists evolve in a “more country” direction? Oh well….

    Trailer’s retouched album covers earn a solid 4.5 “Hoots” this go round! The albums may change, but the quality remains the same…

    Sorry to hear about Charlie Louvin’s diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. That’s one of the most lethal forms of cancer there is. I wish him well on his surgery and recovery.

  12. Randy
    July 6, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    I hate it for Charlie. He has a rough battle ahead. I just recorded a few tracks for him just a few days ago. Better believe it is country with a capital C. It is very much an honor to do them for him and being around him is such a pleasure. What a great and funny man.


  13. Noeller
    July 6, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Houser’s back on the 9513!! Good to see ya on here. Heard nothing but great things about your set at Dauphin Countryfest when you were up north of the border here on the long weekend. Keep up the great work, dude!

  14. Brody Vercher
    July 6, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    Noeller, I do believe you’ve confused your Randy’s.

  15. Michelle
    July 6, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Leave it up to Noeller and his suds!LOL!

  16. Mike Wimmer
    July 6, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    i like and agree with Randy Houser’s comments, but the biggest problem he has at radio is the fact he has fallen into the same slump Trace Adkins fell into a few years ago where every damn song is an uptempo song about male chest thumping or some ditty that masquerades as a 3 minute song about wanting to have sex.

    He’s gotten stale and boring, which is a shame since his debut song was one of the better Country songs of the past decade.

  17. WAYNOE
    July 7, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Radio doesn’t play Jamey Johnson much either but his material is universally, and gag, critically, well received and accepted.

  18. Noeller
    July 7, 2010 at 8:36 am

    @Brody – bah!! We need a better use of “handles” on this site!! Too many Rick’s and Randy’s!!! ;)

  19. Leeann Ward
    July 7, 2010 at 8:57 am

    I’m pretty sure it’s easy enough to deduce that Randy Houser wouldn’t be recording songs for Charlie Louvin, not to mention that there’s alink with “Randy’s” name.:)

  20. Noeller
    July 7, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Ahhhhh – I never knew that about the link!! Interesting – I jumped the gun a bit, I suppose. It was late at night – cut me some slack. Plus, there is precedent!!!

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