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The Louvin Brothers – All Four Releases Now Available for PRE-ORDER!

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

We are beyond excited to announce the reissue of two classics of American music, The Louvin Brothers’ Satan Is Real and Tragic Songs Of Life plus an essential “Best-of” Handpicked Songs: 1955-1962 featuring original recordings by the Louvin Brothers and “handpicked” by those they inspired (Beck, Lucinda Williams, M. Ward, Will Oldham, Kris Kristofferson, and many more).

But what’s that we hear? Someone is asking “Who are the Louvin Brothers?” Well, simply put, Alabama natives Ira and Charlie Louvin are country music pioneers, Baptist blood brothers known for their trademark close harmony vocal style, mandolin magic, and emotive material ranging from spiritual standards, well-crafted covers to influential originals. They’ve inspired generations with some of the finest harmonies ever recorded and it is with great pleasure that we present these to you.

For audio samples, more info and to pre-order The Louvin Brothers Tragic Songs of Life click here.

Tragic Songs Of Life (LITA 070, 180-gram LP) was originally released by Capitol Records in 1956, the Louvin Brothers’ first long-player with the label. Over 12 succinct Ken Nelson produced tracks, Ira and Charlie—backed by an economic supporting cast—sang tales that, according to reissue liner notes writer Jessica Hundley, “reflected the torment, tragedy, and terror of the human condition.” Features original artwork on a deluxe gatefold “tip-on” jacket, contemporary essay, rare period photos, and beautifully re-mastered audio from the original master tapes (with lacquers cut by John Golden at John Golden Mastering).

For audio samples, more info and to pre-order The Louvin Brothers Satan Is Real click here.

Bolstered by one of the most celebrated and startlingly unique record covers ever, 1959’s Satan Is Real (LITA 073, 180-gram LP) delves into a strange netherworld of country that no longer exists. Touching on the Louvin’s fire and brimstone southern Baptist upbringing, the title track’s spoken recitation proclaims the existence of the devil himself. Features original artwork on a deluxe gatefold “tip-on” jacket, contemporary essay, rare period photos, and beautifully re-mastered audio from the original master tapes (with lacquers cut by John Golden at John Golden Mastering).

For audio samples, more info and to pre-order The Louvin Brothers Handpicked Songs 1955-1962 click here.

A star studded curatorial compilation, Handpicked Songs 1955-1962 (LITA 074, 180-gram LP) is a shot of Louvin Brothers magic. This LP features 14 tracks performed by the Louvin Brothers during their golden era, each personally selected by the likes of BeckEmmylou HarrisWill OldhamKris KristoffersonJim JamesDolly Parton and many more, all housed in a deluxe Stoughton gatefold sleeve plus a full color insert with period archival photos, and extensive liner notes along with meticulously re-mastered audio from the original tapes (with lacquers cut by John Golden at John Golden Mastering).

For audio samples, more info and to pre-order The Louvin Brothers Satan Is Real / Handpicked Songs 1955-1962 click here.

Satan Is Real / Handpicked Songs 1955-1962 (LITA 075, 2xCD + Audio Commentary Download) collects on CD the classic Satan Is Real album and the Handpicked Songs “best-of”, housed in a deluxe 6-panel Digipak with a 40-page booklet with period archival photos, and extensive liner notes along with meticulously re-mastered audio from the original tapes. For a better look at this stellar set, check out the “What’s Inside?” video below!

The Louvin Brothers “Satan Is Real / Handpicked Songs 1955-1962″ OUT NOW!

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

“Imagine the Everly Brothers plus God and cowshit: that’s the Louvins.” – The Independent

“Undoubtedly the package of the month” – The Word

“9/10″ – Spin |  ” 4 Stars “ – The Times |  ”5 Stars” – Mojo |  ”5 Stars” – Uncut

Alabama natives Ira and Charlie Louvin were country music pioneers, Baptist blood brothers known for their trademark close harmony vocal style, mandolin magic, and emotive material ranging from spiritual standards, well-crafted covers to influential originals. Out today is the deluxe Satan Is Real / Handpicked Songs 1955-1962 (LITA 075, 2xCD + Audio Commentary Download), which pairs the Louvins’ landmark 1959 album Satan Is Real with a star-studded curatorial “best of” featuring classic original Louvin Brothers recordings “handpicked” by the likes of Beck, Emmylou Harris, Will Oldham, Kris Kristofferson, Jim James, Dolly Parton and many more.

As you can see in the “What’s Inside?” video above, this set features exquisitely re-mastered audio (from the original master tapes) and comes housed in a handsome 6-panel Digipak with a 40-page booklet with period archival photos, extensive liner notes by Jessica Hundley (Grievous Angel: The Intimate Biography of Gram Parsons), track-by-track testimonials from the “handpickers”, along with a download link for an exclusive audio commentary and interview with Charlie Louvin recorded in Nashville, June 2010.

Also available today, is our equally deluxe edition of the Louvin’s 1956 album Tragic Songs of Life (LITA 070, LP). Pressed on virgin 180-gram vinyl and expanded as a gatefold “tip-on” jacket that includes a full color booklet with liner notes also by Jessica Hundley and rarely seen photos, this is a respectfully presented package for Louvin Brothers fans both old and new.

Stay tuned, for in the coming weeks we’ll also be rolling out (available for pre-order now) separate 180-gram vinyl editions of Satan Is Real (LITA 073) and Handpicked Songs 1955-1962 (LITA 074), both sporting the same exquisite packaging and attention to detail. Whether you like “The Christian Life” or find yourself often reciting the “Kneeling Drunkard’s Prayer”, this series is not to be missed.

Matt Sullivan talks Louvin Brothers on Uprooted Music Revue

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Head on over to Uprooted Music Revue (also posted on No Depression) for an interview by Chris Mateer with Matt Sullivan about our new Louvin Brothers Satan Is Real / Handpicked Songs 1955-1962 and Tragic Songs of Life reissues. In the interview, Matt talks about the back story of how these releases came to be and the legacy of the late great Louvin Brothers.

The Louvin Brothers – All Vinyl Editions NOW IN STOCK!

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Finally, finally, finally! We have all three vinyl editions from our Louvin Brothers series IN STOCK! That’s right, Satan Is RealTragic Songs Of Life, and Handpicked Songs 1955-1962 are dressed to the 9′s in gorgeous old-school “tip-on” jackets with sturdy 180-gram wax nestled inside, not to mention in-depth liner notes by Jessica Hundley and loads of archive photos. But what are words on a screen when you can see with your own eyes all of the goodies in store for you? Below, check out the three “What’s Inside?” videos for each release.

The Louvin Brothers – Satan Is Real (LITA 073 | 180-gram LP) – Available now!

The Louvin Brothers – Tragic Songs Of Life (LITA 070 | 180-gram LP) - Available now!

The Louvin Brothers – Handpicked Songs 1955-1962 (LITA 074 | 180-gram LP) - Available now!

Satan Is Real: The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers | Book Giveaway!

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Please note: Giveaway ended 1/13/12. Thanks for all your comments!

Up until his passing in January 2011, Charlie Louvin was working with Igniter Books on an autobiography about his life.  We’re excited to say that the book, Satan Is Real: The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers (Igniter/Harper-Collins), finally comes out this week. The book, written with Benjamin Whitmer and featuring a forward by Kris Kristofferson, is loaded with anecdotes and stories about the late great Charlie Louvin and his life as half of the Louvin Brothers.

Our friends at Igniter sent over a PDF with a full chapter from the book and as an added bonus, we’ll be giving away one copy! To get your hands on it, leave a comment below with your favorite Louvin Brothers song, album, or memory. Be sure to include your email address (this is kept private) so we can contact the winner. We’ll announce the winner on Friday, January 13th.

For more info on the book, visit Harper-Collins and be sure to check out our new Louvin Brothers reissues here.

A Conversation With Charlie Louvin

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

Check out this intimate video conversation with Charlie Louvin of The Louvin Brothers. Charlie sits in a graveyard and  discuses the first time him and Ira ever got paid, the making of the legendary Satan Is Real cover, and more!

And heres a great video of The Louvin Brothers performing “Hoping That You’re Hoping” on the Grand Ole Opry in 1956.

Head over to LITA LTD. to snag yourself a Satan Is Real Tee.