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Charlie Louvin – The Battles Rage On (True North)

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Charlie Louvin -The Battles Rage OnAt 83, Louvin continues to honor his legacy, doing what he does best with the able assistance of friends and family like Del McCoury, singing harmony, and son Charlie Louvin Jr., playing acoustic guitar.

This war-themed album includes Louvin Brothers’ classics like “Mother I Thank You For The Bible,” “Weapon Of Prayer,” “Robe Of White” and Roy Acuff’s “Searching For A Soldier’s Grave.” “There’s A Star Spangled Banner” was popular during WWII, when Louvin served in the army, while Redd Stewart and Ernest Tubb’s “A Soldier’s Last letter” is more associated with the Korean conflict. The Vietnam era is represented by Merle Haggard’s POW’s lament, “I Wonder If They Ever Think Of Me” and Tom T. Hall’s “What We’re Fighting For,” which seems equally relevant today. “More Than a Name On A Wall” is a particularly lyrically poignant and musically beautiful song, and “Down By The Riverside” is a fitting coda.

Time may have taken a toll on Louvin’s distinctive voice, but his patriotism and appreciation of fellow veterans remains unswerving as he serves up another album from the heart.

—Scott Peavler

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