Livin', Lovin', Losin': Songs Of The Louvin Brothers (Universal South) Rating: NNNN Rating: NNNN
Word of a Nashville celebrity salute to the songs of the Louvin Brothers coming from Universal South had me shuddering at the thought, but Livin', Lovin', Losin' producer Carl Jackson has done a brilliant job of pairing complementary voices with the appropriate tunes in a way that honours the archetypal harmony duo's awesome legacy. Jackson understands that the Louvins' heartbroke songs are timeless, so there's really no need to try to update the tunes with fanciful embellishments. It's just a matter of putting the right people together - Emmylou Harris with Rodney Crowell, Marty Stuart with Del McCoury, Vince Gill with Terri Clark, and James Taylor with Alison Krauss - and letting them find their blend with minimal string band accompaniment. Fabulous.