In celebration of The Louvin Brothers being honored by the Grammy’s with a Lifetime Achievement Award, JuddFilms has made the 2011 Charlie Louvin documentary Still Rattlin’ The Devil’s Cage available to stream free online. The 45-minute film features interviews with many country greats, including Charlie Louvin himself, his son Sonny Louvin, Emmylou Harris, George Jones, Alison Krauss, Marty Stuart, and John McCrea from the group Cake.
The film’s roots go back to a visit filmmaker Blake Judd and visual artist Keith Neltner made to Charlie’s home in 2008 as part of another project. They stayed in touch with the country legend over the years, and in July of 2010 it was announced that Louvin had been diagnosed with pancreatic Cancer. When a concert was planned for December of 2010 to mark the 50th Anniversary of The Louvin Brother’s legendary album Satan Is Real, Judd and Neltner knew it was something that must be captured.
The spark was the Anniversary show in Nashville, which ended up being Charlie’s last public performance, but the film grew to encompass a capstone of Charlie’s entire life, from his very poor childhood in rural Alabama, to the formation of The Louvin Brothers, to Charlie’s military service, his brother Ira’s bouts with the bottle and eventual death, and the resurgence of Charlie Louvin’s career later in life. Charlie passed away January 26th, 2011, while Still Rattlin’ The Devil’s Cage was in production. The film premiered to a sold out crowd at the 2012 Nashville Film Festival.
The film was partially funded through a Kickstarter campaign, and the proceeds from the purchases of the film go to Charlie’s family. Stream the film on louvinfilm.com, or below until the end of March.