Grand Ole Opry member Charlie Louvin will be released from Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tenn., on Thursday, July 15. A malfunctioning kidney was successfully removed Monday, and Louvin will recuperate a few weeks before returning to the Opry. His doctor has said Louvin might be available to perform as early as the weekend of July 30-31.
Louvin has said he feels great, but is sore. While in the hospital, he was served his favorite food — cornbread — which he said made him feel much better.
Louvin has been a member of the Opry since 1955. Together with brother Ira, they formed the influential brother team the Louvin Brothers. Many country artists have recorded their songs, among them Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris, who introduced them to the country-rock world. Ira died in a car crash in 1965. As a solo artist, Charlie began his career with two Top 10 hits, “I Don’t Love You Anymore” and “See the Big Man Cry.” He also has a Grammy Award with Melba Montgomery, with whom he’s done many duets.
In 1996 he released an album, The Longest Train, which included guest appearances by Barry and Holly Tashian and Jim Lauderdale, among other artists.