Charlie Louvin readies two albums, tours with Old 97's

Octogenarian country musician Charlie Louvin is set to release not one, but two albums this year: Steps to Heaven on Sept. 16, and Charlie Louvin Sings Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs on Dec. 9. Fans will be able to hear some of his new material when the music legend jumps on tour with the Old 97's in October.

The Country Music Hall of Fame inductee (as one half of the Louvin Brothers) is still somewhat fresh off the success of his 2007 self-titled solo album, which featured Elvis Costello, Will Oldham and Jeff Tweedy.

Steps to Heaven sees Louvin stepping outside of his comfort zone a bit. Backed by a gospel choir, Louvin said in a recent statement: "I did things on the gospel record I had no idea I could do. I'd be thinking along the way, 'How can I do things I've never done before?' And I did it."

Murder Ballads, however, finds Louvin reaching back to the Louvin Brothers' 1956 album Tragic Songs of Life on top of nine songs pulled from Tompkins Square's People Take Warning! Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs, 1913-1938, the album Louvin credits as his inspiration.

The tireless musician also guests on Lucinda Williams' next album Little Honey. As Louvin vehemently proves, age ain't nothin' but a number.


- Athens, Ga. @ Georgia Theater
2 - Knoxville, Tenn. @ Bijou Theater
3 - Carrboro, N.C. @ Cat's Cradle
4 - Lancaster, Penn. @ Chameleon Club
5 - Boston, Mass. @ Wilbur Theatre
6 - S. Burlington, Vt. @ Higher Ground
8 - Buffalo, N.Y. @ Town Ballroom
9 - Pittsburgh, Penn. @ Diesel
10 - Cleveland, Ohio @ Beachland Ballroom
11 - Detroit, Mich. @ St. Andrews Hall
12 - Newport, Ky. @ Southgate House

Related links:
Feature: Charlie Louvin, The Ghost Highway
YouTube: Charlie Louvin - "Ira"

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