Hall of Famer Charlie Louvin Passed Away Early This Morning at the Age of 83

Brody Vercher | January 26th, 2011

  1. Jason
    January 26, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Oh, goody. That’s all that Trace Adkins song was missing. Puppets.

  2. stormy
    January 26, 2011 at 11:32 am

    The song may be sexually suggestive, but the video needs to pass muster on CMT and GAC if it wants to see airplay. “We wanted to do a video that kept the innuendo, but at the same time is G-rated so that kids can watch it, and their parents don’t have to worry about them seeing something — so we’re using puppets,” he says.

    Yes, because watching creepy puppet animals watching creepy puppet humans have sex isn’t going to scar anyone for life.

  3. Lewis
    January 26, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    I guess that Trace, Toby Keith and Craig Morgan are all suffering from mid-life crisises both in their lives and careers thus all of the talk about sex in their songs and the more they sing about it the more records they sell with it. It does get tiring when every other song is talking about sex from those 3. Maybe all 3 should record a gospel album to purge themselves from their plight.

  4. Occasional Hope
    January 26, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Sad news about Charlie Louvin.

    Trace Adkins recorded Wayfaring Stranger some years ago, and it’s a version I’ve always loved.

    January 26, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Joe Nichol’s video – Regardless of what those who accuse Joe of pandering to teh military might say, this video is truly moving. No two ways about it.

    Charlie Louvin – The Louvin brothers set the bar for real duo groups. Sorry to hear of his passing.

    Ronnie Dunn – Looking forward to hearing his single. Since he is now a soloist, his songs will sound, uhh, like they always have.

    Trace Adkins – Funny how the two above posts failed to mention his song at the gospel hall of fame ceremony. Practicing selective journalism are we? However, though I like Keith and Adkins, the boobs and butts songs are wearing me thin.

  6. MayorJoBob
    January 26, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    I wonder if Trace will use the Crank Yankers puppets. Now that would be classy!

  7. stormy
    January 26, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    1. Posts aren’t journalism, they are offhand comments.
    2. Occassional Hope did mention a gospel song.

  8. Paul W Dennis
    January 26, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    I saw Charlie Louvin perform live at Park Avenue CD in Orlando Park on June 2, 2007. Although he was a bit under the weather, he did a 100 minute set in which he sang the lead vocals on all of the songs, except one (about halfway through the performance). I was 55 at the time and what struck me about the group of 160 or so (SRO) was that half the audience seemed to be people in their 70s and the other half, people in their 20s, with few people of ages between the extremes. He put on a heck of a good show, about half Louvin Brothers classics and the other half his own hits or other country classics


    January 26, 2011 at 4:10 pm


    And I get as much, and usually more, from posts than I do critic’s writings. Also I posted before Occassional Hope appeared so I am innocent on that oversight.

    Funny how you chose to comment only on that line of the post while ignoring the other comments.

  10. Rick
    January 26, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    My condolences to the family and close friends of Charlie Louvin. They just don’t make ‘em like that any more…

    Music City Roots Alert! Tonight’s live broadcast will feature Catie Curtis, Donna The Buffalo, The Black Lillies, The Cleverly’s, and Rayland Baxter. You can watch it live online with excellent sound and picture quality if your internet connection is fast enough. I’ve got to say the “Vietti Chili Girl” Aly Sutton is hotter than the chili! Yee Haw! (lol) Show starts at 7:00 PM Nashville Time (CST).
    Link: http://www.musiccityroots.com/

    As much as I like Trace Adkins at his best, I much prefer Mandy Barnett’s take on “Wayfaring Stranger” that closes out her self-titled debut album. And she’s a lot nicer to look at too! (lol)

  11. idlewildsouth
    January 26, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    I’m typically a bit annoyed when people take their video in a completely different direction than the song calls for (I’m looking at you, Rascall Flatts), and especially when they use the military in a way to exploit them to get more airplay or whatever, but I think the Joe Nichols video actually works. Obviously the song wasn’t written from the perspective of an injured soldier, but it’s not exactly far fetched that it could have been.

  12. Stormy
    January 26, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Waynoe: Its possible that the ARTICLE did not mention Trace’s Gospel work because it was not germaine to the news and because they were hoping not to draw God’s attention to Trace’s sex puppets.

  13. luckyoldsun
    January 26, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Nice to see that the fabulous Don Walser has won something even if posthumously. I saw the Pavoratti of the Plains/Domingo of the Desert perform live one summer night in the late 90s outdoors in the plaza at Lincoln Center–right outside the Metropolitan Opera house where those other two guys were known to perform.

    I called a number that was listed in one of his CD inserts to order a t-shirt. Patricia Jane herself answered the phone and took the order and spoke to me for five minutes.

  14. Leeann Ward
    January 26, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Emmylou Harris does my favorite versions of “Wayfaring Stranger.”

  15. Barry Mazor
    January 26, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    FYI: Almost all of the modern records of “Wayfaring Stranger” are derived from Burl Ives’.; at least, that’s where generations fi singers got to know the song.

    On the “video in a different direction” thing: When they can bring a thicker layer of meaning to the song with unexpected images, and without making it over specific so ever after it can’t mean anything else ( a danger)–I tend to be OK with it.

    What bugs me is when the video images or storyline are used to dilute the clear intent of the song–and this is not such an unusual thing in country. Some obviously sexual lyric, for example, is illustrated with cheery images of two toddlers playing in the yard in extreme puppy love. That “gosh, we were only joshing; it didn’t mean what you think” stuff is almost always cowardly –and baloney, too, since it’s so obvious an attempt to have ti both ways. And no; I’m not gonna name names. It happens..

  16. Leeann Ward
    January 26, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Whenever I think of Burl Ives, I think of “Ugly Bug Ball.”

  17. idlewildsouth
    January 26, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    Darrell Scott has the best version of “Wayfaring Stranger”. Bar none. End of discussion!

  18. luckyoldsun
    January 26, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    You may be taking these videos too seriously. A video is a completely different work than the record it accompanies.

    There’s no country radio where I live. If I’m going to hear a song for the first time by clicking on the video on the Internet, I’ll put it in a window and minimize it so that I don’t even see the video. I want to hear and judge the recording as it was created–not according to a video done months later by some director who had nothing at all to do with the making or recording of the music. I might look at a video after I’m already familiar with the record, if I’ve read that it’s interesting for some reason or other, but I hardly think it matters what the video shows.

  19. luckyoldsun
    January 26, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Whenever I think of Burl Ives I think of Jimmy Crackcorn and the Bluetail Fly.

  20. Leeann Ward
    January 26, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    Yes Scott’s version (“wayfaring Pilgrim”) is epic.

  21. idlewildsouth
    January 27, 2011 at 1:09 am

    Isn’t everything he does? I had a blues guitar playing friend kind of poking fun at Luther Perkins’ solo in “Folsom Prison” and then I played him Scotts version from that same album and I’ll never forget the “hold up, now thats different” look on his face.

  22. PaulaW
    January 27, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Whenever I think of Burl Ives I think of Jimmy Crackcorn and the Bluetail Fly.

    I think of “Lavender Blue” and “Holly Jolly Christmas”.

  23. Dave D.
    January 27, 2011 at 9:07 am

    RIP Charlie – your music will certainly live on through the ages.

    Had the good fortune to be in Austin last night and hear Brennen Leigh perform a very nice tribute to the Louvin Brothers.

  24. Kerry
    January 27, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    I love Trace, but the “Muppets Gone Wild” video? YIKES!

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