Author(s): Charlie Louvin; Benjamin Whitmer
Get ready for one of America's great untold stories: the true saga of the Louvin Brothers, a mid-century Southern gothic Cain and Abel and one of the greatest country duos of all time. The Los Angeles Times called them "the most influential harmony team in the history of country music," but Emmylou Harris may have hit closer to the heart of the matter, saying "there was something scary and washed in the blood about the sound of the Louvin Brothers." For readers of Johnny Cash's irresistible autobiography and Merle Haggard's My House of Memories, no country music library will be complete without this raw and powerful story of the duo that everyone from Dolly Parton to Gram Parsons described as their favorites: the Louvin Brothers.
"One of the most important and illuminating memoirs ever written by a country singer."--Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal
Born in Henagar, Alabama, Charlie Louvin recorded from 1947 to 1962 with his brother Ira as the Louvin Brothers. In 1955, they became members of the Grand Old Opry and churned out thirteen hits on the Billboard country chart, including When I Stop Dreaming, Cash on the Barrelhead, and Knoxville Girl. Charlie's solo career began in 1964 with the top five hit I Don't Love You Anymore, and he followed it with twenty-nine Billboard-charting singles and four Grammy nominations. Benjamin Whitmer is the author of Pike and a lifelong country music fan. He lives and writes in Denver, Colorado.