MUSIC REVIEW: Charlie Louvin
|Charlie Louvin Tompkins Square |
Music •••• Sound ••••
Banjo, mandolin, fiddle, upright bass, acoustic guitar, and supportive harmonies are brought forth. The ensemble sound is natural throughout, kept to a small-room ambience and held to a background rumble. And Louvin's beautifully weathered voice is showcased without fanfare.
"Ira," Charlie's tribute to his late brother (who died in a 1965 car crash), is spare and touching. Other highlights are many: "When I Stop Dreaming" with Elvis Costello, "Knoxville Girl" with Will Oldham, "Must You Throw Dirt in My Face" and Jimmie Rodgers's "Waiting for a Train," both with George Jones. It's like getting a letter from an old friend who's doing quite well.