By Bruce Sylvester
Serious health notes (one of them encouraging) for two Americana performers of very different generations: Charlie Louvin (surviving member of the astounding 1950s country duet, the Louvin Brothers) and Simone Felice (formerly of upstate New York's The Felice Brothers and now of The Duke And The King).
Simone talks about recovery from heart surgery (and a problem he'd long been unaware of) on Facebook. Go to The-Duke-and-The-King, hit "Notes," and look for his June 23 posting.
Charlie, who recently turned 83, had been enjoying a revitalized career as much younger alt/Americana musicians such as Lucinda Williams invited him to tour with them. On July 22 in Nashville, Charlie underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer. A July 24 email from countrymusicclassics said, "The surgery went well without any setbacks. Charlie is reportedly resting well."
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