Charlie Louvin died last week. If it wasn’t for the Louvin Brothers (Charlie and Ira), there might not have been the Everly Brothers. And if it wasn’t for the Everly Brothers, there might not have been Simon and Garfunkel, Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris – a whole bunch of country/folk harmony acts. Closer to home, I bet the Finn brothers and the Topp Twins know this stuff backwards.
The Gram Parsons-era Byrds covered the Louvins’ “The Christian Life” on Sweetheart of the Rodeo; Emmylou Harris covered their “Satan’s Jeweled Crown” on Elite Hotel.
So I have been playing the Louvin Brothers’ album Satan is Real a lot this week. The children are tolerant – they figure that at least it’s not Xenakis, King Crimson or Ligeti. Or – horror of horrors – Palestrina.