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Mojo Music & Media acquire co-publishing interest in classic Louvin Brothers catalog


The Louvin Brothers' "If I Could Only Win Your Love"

Indie music publishing/marketing company Mojo Music & Media has secured a stake in the legendary country music duo Louvin Brothers’ historic catalog, via acquisition of a co-publishing interest in Kathy Louvin’s Movin Louvin Music.

The deal spans the group’s entire catalog, including such country classics as “When I Stop Dreaming,” “If I Could Only Win Your Love,” “Cash on the Barrel Head,” “I’ll Take the Chance” and “The Knoxville Girl,” and much-recorded religious songs including “Family Who Prays,” “I Like the Christian Life,” “The Angels Rejoiced Last Night” and “Let Us Travel, Travel On.”

Kathy Louvin is the daughter of Ira Louvin, who with younger brother Charlie Louvin made up one of the most influential harmony duos in the history of country music. Both now deceased, their country and gospel songs of the 1950s and ’60s were so significant that they were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001, and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015.

More recently, the Louvins were prominently featured last year in Ken Burns’ landmark Country Music documentary series. They’re also the subject of an upcoming feature film produced by and starring Ethan Hawke.

The Brothers’ best-known songs have been covered extensively, and famously. Among the most notable are “The Christian Life,” which appeared on The Byrds’ seminal 1968 country rock album Sweetheart of the Rodeo, and “If I Could Only Win Your Love,” which established Emmylou Harris as a major country artist when she reached No. 5 with it in 1975.

An award-winning songwriter in her own right, Kathy Louvin has written hits for artists including Ricky Van Shelton and Confederate Railroad. She co-produced the Grammy-winning 2003 tribute album Livin’, Lovin’, Losin: Songs Of The Louvin Brothers, with participating artists including Johnny Cash, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Vince Gill and Alison Krauss.

Kathy’s sons Billy and Jacob perform their grandfather’s songs, along with their own, as The Louvin Boys.

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