Charlie Louvin , a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry, is recuperating at home after suffering multiple injuries in an automobile accident Monday (Dec. 31) near his home in Manchester, Tenn.
“I’m sore in places I didn’t even know I owned,” Louvin said Wednesday (Jan. 2). “I’m extremely sore all over. I think if I coughed, I’d die. I’ve got rib problems, sternum problems. My sinuses were cracked. I got about 30 stitches in the head. So, I’m just hanging in here trying to recuperate.”
The 74-year-old country legend hit a tree about 4 p.m. No other automobiles were involved, and Louvin doesn’t know what caused him to lose control of his car.
“I don’t believe I fell asleep and I don’t drink,” he said. “I must have blacked out. I was on a four-lane road right below Manchester, and I went across two lanes of traffic and plowed into somebody’s tree. It’s hard to explain. The last thing I remember is being dragged out of the car.”
Louvin was taken to a hospital in Coffee County, Tenn., and was released Monday night. He had been scheduled to host Ernest Tubb’s Midnite Jamboree Saturday (Jan. 5) in Nashville. “I’ll reschedule as soon as I get my wind back,” he promised.
Louvin joined the Country Music Hall of Fame in October as a member of The Louvin Brothers . His brother, Ira, died in a car crash in Missouri in 1965. Louvin is a fixture on the Grand Ole Opry and has scored more than a dozen Top 40 country hits as a solo artist.