27/30 country folk revisited review

the louvin brothers – satan is real (1959)

The Louvin Brothers exquisitely harmonised messages of sin on their most devout record. Born out of the Great Depression, the two experienced a spectrum of turmoil and gaily prophesized the macabre beliefs that beat in their hearts. Ira Louvin could have died two years before the car crash that took him in 1965: his wife shot him thrice in the chest after being beaten. “If he ain’t dead, I’ll shoot him again” she is understood to have said in custody. Charlie, meanwhile, lived a long, Christian life that ended in 2011. That explains the personal obsession with evil—the music is just about the choices it kindles. 


A favourite: ‘The Kneeling Drunkard’s Plea’ 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s