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Friday Top 5: Charlie Louvin & The Old 97’s do Knoxville

Posted in Charlie Louvin, Old 97's, Rhett Miller on October 3, 2008 by AmericanaPulse



The Old 97’s rocked Knoxville’s Bijou Theatre last night… and they brought Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Louvin along for the ride. Here are a few highlights…

My Top 5 moments from spending Thursday with Charlie Louvin and The Old 97’s…

5.) Getting a free CD from Charlie Louvin: I stopped by the merch table to speak with Mr. Louvin before the 97’s came onstage. I told him that I work for WDVX and that we still play a lot of the old Louvin Brothers catalogue on our station. He thanked me, gave me a copy of his new gospel CD, and asked me to play it a little. Who am I to say no to Charlie Louvin? Here’s a track from the gospel album and one from Charlie’s 2007 solo album as well.

Charlie Louvin: There’s a Higher Power (Buy Album)
Charlie Louvin: Knoxville Girl (Buy Album)

4.) “Barrier Reef”: This is my favorite Old 97’s song and hearing it live always gives me a thrill.

The Old 97’s: Barrier Reef (Buy Album)

3) “Smokers”: This is a song from the 97’s album, Drag it Up. Admittedly, that album has never been my favorite… and I seem to have completely missed this song. It caught my ear this summer when I saw the band play in Asheville, but last night I was totally blown away by it. Bass player Murray Hammond takes lead vocals with frontman Rhett Miller providing the “Oohs” and “Ahhs.” Ken Bethea provides the face-melting guitars, and Phillip Peeples pounds the drums. Great song, and for some reason… a relatively new one to my ears. Here’s a live version.

The Old 97’s: Smokers (Buy Album)

2) Hearing Charlie Louvin sing “Cash on the Barrellhead,” “The Christian Life,” and “Knoxville Girl.”: These are absolute classic songs from one of the all-time greats. The real highlight for me was probably “The Christian Life” as it’s one of my favorite tracks from The Byrds’ classic Sweetheart of the Rodeo album. I had goosebumps as Charlie sang. Charlie actually thanked Gram Parsons for helping to expose new audiences to his music. The track I’m offering here an alternate from the Sweetheart sessions featuring Gram Parsons on lead vocal.

The Byrds: The Christian Life (Buy Album)

1) Hanging out with Rhett Miller in the studios of WDVX: Rhett stopped by the station before the show and went on the air with me for a few minutes. Here are the results…

Rhett Miller: Live at the WDVX Studios