Throughout their career the Louvin Brothers always seemed to be a day late. People heard them on the radio and began covering their songs, to the point where Charlie Louvin told biographer Charles K. Wolfe people thought it was the Louvins doing the cover. Their career took off right at the wrong time, too, just as Elvis and rock and roll changed the musical landscape. None of that, however, undermined the influence the two men from the Sand Mountain region of Alabama had on country music -- or all music for that matter, given that rock acts such as Mark Knopfler and the Byrds have covered their songs.
This weekend, that influence was recognized and awarded when the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences presented the Louvin Brothers a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the 57th annual Grammy Awards celebration.
Ira's daughters, Kathy and Denise, and Charlie's son Charlie "Sonny," accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award at the ceremonies on Saturday night (2/7).
Other Lifetime Achievement Grammys for 2015 went to the Bee Gees, Pierre Boulez, Buddy Guy, former Beatle George Harrison, Flaco Jimenez, and Wayne Shorter.