Saturday, 16 October 2010

For Charlie Louvin

Charlie Louvin, one of country music's living legends, is at present fighting pancreatic cancer. Many of the songs recorded by him and his brother Ira in the 1950s and 1960s have passed into the repertoire of bluegrass artists. As a result, the bluegrass community is giving him strong support at this critical time. Details of concerts and other activities in his benefit can be read here. See also this item on the original Bluegrass Blog.

A leading role is being taken by Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike, who are well known to bluegrass fans in Europe from several tours in recent years; they are scheduled to visit Europe again in May 2011.

Charlie Louvin, like his near contemporary Dr Ralph Stanley, has never stopped performing and recording, and a new CD by him is due for release next month. The photo on the left, taken a couple of years ago in New York, shows him with Vincent Cross, an expatriate member of the Irish bluegrass scene.