The Louvin Brothers of the Sand Mountain community of Henager, Al., captured success in two related fields of music--Gospel and Country.
Beginning as a Gospel duo, the brothers, Ira and Charlie, signed with Capitol Records and within a few years released their first secular song "When I Stop Dreaming" on that label.
In February of 1965, the Louvin Brothers joined the Grand Ole Opry, beginning with a performance of their classic "Love Thy Neighbor As Thy Self."
June 20, 1965, Ira was killed in an automobile accident. Charlie is carrying on as a solo artist and member of the Opry.
The Louvin Brothers are a 1991 Lifework Award for Performing Achievement recipient.