Jody Rosen
February 16, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

Charlie Louvin

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Charlie Louvin
Producers
Tompkins Square
genre
Country

We gave it a B+

Seventy-nine-year-old country legend Charlie Louvin (of the Louvin Brothers) is the latest codger to surround himself with hip younger musicians in a bid for a sunset-years career revival. It’s easy to be cynical about such efforts, but reservations melt away when you hear Louvin’s lovely, utterly unpretentious readings of these dozen bluegrass standards, blues, and selections from his own songbook. Elvis Costello, Will Oldham, and others provide admirable support, but Louvin’s sweet warble commands center stage.

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