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Radio Bristol Book Club

WITH Rene Rodgers

       
                Rene Rodgers                
Rene Rodgers

12 PM - 1 PM

About the Show

Tune in to WBCM Radio Bristol as our Book Club explores Satan is Real: The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers by Charlie Louvin with Benjamin Whitmer. Special guest Brett Steele, Louvin’s former manager, will join us on the show!

Date: Thursday, June 24, 2021

Time: 12:00 p.m. EDT

Location: Tune in to WBCM Radio Bristol

For this edition of the Radio Bristol Book Club we are excited to welcome special guest Brett Steele, longtime former manager of Charlie Louvin. Steele was instrumental in putting the book deal together near the end of Louvin’s life, and has many wonderful stories to share.

Readers from Birthplace of Country Music Museum and the Bristol Public Library are coming together to explore books inspired by our region with this monthly program that airs on WBCM Radio Bristol. 

Hosted by Bristol Public Library Executive Director Tonia Kestner and Birthplace of Country Music Museum Head Curator Dr. René Rodgers, the Radio Bristol Book Club airs weekly every 4th Thursday.

Anyone can join the Radio Bristol Book Club, simply by reading along and tuning in! Look for this month’s selection at your local library and read prior to show. Be sure and join the conversation by emailing your questions or comments to info@birthplaceofcountrymusic.org with the subject line “Radio Bristol Book Club Comments” and we may address them on the air!

Book discussions will dig deep into the feelings and questions raised by each selection, learn more about the authors, and celebrate the joys of being a bookworm! The discussions are often followed by an interview with the author or other related interview.

Listeners may tune in to Radio Bristol at 100.1 FM in the Bristol area, online at ListenRadioBristol.org, or download the free Radio Bristol mobile app.

Satan is Real: The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers

Get ready for one of America’s great untold stories: the true saga of the Louvin Brothers, a mid-century Southern gothic Cain and Abel and one of the greatest country duos of all time. The Los Angeles Times called them “the most influential harmony team in the history of country music,” but Emmylou Harris may have hit closer to the heart of the matter, saying “there was something scary and washed in the blood about the sound of the Louvin Brothers.” For readers of Johnny Cash’s irresistible autobiography and Merle Haggard’s My House of Memories, no country music library will be complete without this raw and powerful story of the duo that everyone from Dolly Parton to Gram Parsons described as their favorites: the Louvin Brothers.

About the Author

Charlie Louvin was an American country music singer and songwriter. He is best known as one of the Louvin Brothers, and was a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1955.

Benjamin Whitmer was born and raised on back-to-the-land communes and counterculture enclaves ranging from Southern Ohio to Upstate New York. One of his earliest and happiest memories is of standing by the side of a country road with his mother, hitchhiking to parts unknown. Since then, he’s been a factory grunt, a vacuum salesman, a convalescent, a high-school dropout, a graduate student, a semi-truck loader, an activist, a kitchen-table gunsmith, a squatter, a college professor, a dishwasher, a technical writer, and a petty thief.