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A lifetime collection of awards, photos, albums, music, letters, and memorabilia all displayed for viewing at the Smoke House Historic Louvin Brothers Museum.

The Louvin Brothers were an American country music duo composed of brothers Ira Lonnie Loudermilk (1924–1965) and Charlie Elzer Loudermilk (1927–2011), better known as Ira and Charlie Louvin. They helped popularize close harmony, a genre of country music. Hits included "Cash on the Barrel Head" and "When I Stop Dreaming". They joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1955; the duo split up for Solo careers in 1963 .

Ira died on June 20, 1965 at the age of 41. He and his fourth wife, Anne Young, were on the way home from a performance in Kansas City when a drunken driver struck their car head-on, and both Ira and Anne were killed instantly.

Country-rock pioneers The Byrds recorded the Louvin-penned "The Christian Life" for their seminal 1968 release Sweetheart of the Rodeo.

In 2001, the Louvin brothers were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The tribute CD Livin', Lovin', Losin': Songs of the Louvin Brothers, produced by Carl Jackson and Kathy Louvin released in 2003, won the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Country Album.

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Early band, The Smokey Mountain Boys. Ira & Charlie standing on the right.
Charlie Louvin
One of his last performances, Charlie Louvin and his band.
Charlie Louvin
Charlie Louvin
Charlie Louvin
Charlie Louvin being interviewed by Marla Sitten
Louvin Brothers Country Music
A museum full of memoribalia from many years of Music Business & Touring
Louvin Brothers Country Music
Louvin Brothers Museum at the Smoke House
Louvin Brothers Country Music
The Walls are covered with many photos and awards
Louvin Brothers Country Music
Walls of awards and collections from touring accross the world
Louvin Brothers Country Music
Walls of hit album covers and awards
Louvin Brothers Country Music
Dana Hudson & Charlie Louvin performing at the Smoke House
Louvin Brothers Country Music
Dana Hudson & Charlie Louvin
Louvin Brothers Country Music
Dana Hudson & Charlie Louvin
Louvin Brothers Country Music
Ira Louvin & Charlie Louvin Music availiable at the museum
Louvin Brothers Country Music
CD's availiable at the Smoke House
Louvin Brothers Country Music
Great Music from the pioneers in country music
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Masters of Gospel Music
Louvin Brothers Country Music
Over 22 Albums/CD's of Louvin Brothers Music
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Louvin Brothers Country Music Museum

856 West Main Street
Smoke House Restaurant
Monteagle, TN 37356

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