Charlie Louvin Meets Jello Biafra on WRVU


1 comment

You may recognize sometime Scene contributor Randy Fox's byline from pieces like his spectacular Halloween round-up of spooky classic country albums. Or maybe you remember him as the co-host — along with Kels Koch — of Hipbilly Jamboree on Vanderbilt's now dearly departed WRVU 91.1 FM. Well, the fantastic Mr. Fox has a blog, and in celebration of the recent reissue of a couple of Louvin Brothers albums on vinyl, he posted a charming anecdote about the late, great Charlie Louvin's onetime appearance on Hipbilly. The best part? Former Dead Kennedys frontman and anti-censorship figure Jello Biafra — himself an enormous Louvin Brothers fan — was there. Says Fox:

Charlie was scheduled to appear on our show for February 20, 2007 and it just so happened that Jello would be appearing at the Belcourt Theater in Nashville on the same night. That morning, Kels received a phone call from Jello to let him know about the show and that he had put Kels on the guest list. When Kels mentioned to Jello that Charlie would be appearing on our show that evening Jello got really excited and asked if he could drop by the station. ...

And so about 50 minutes into the show Jello showed up at the door and the meeting between one of the men responsible for Satan is Real and one of the men responsible for Frankenchrist began. Jello had stopped off at a record store and snagged a couple of Louvin Borthers LPs for Charlie to sign. No copy of Satan is Real, but Jello was still mighty happy.

My favorite off-air moment was when Jello asked Charlie to inscribe the records to him, and Charlie said, “I’m sorry, what’s your name again?”


“Jello! You mean like the dessert?”

Gems like that are what make independent community radio so special, and why the loss of WRVU is a big deal. Hear a little snippet of Jello and Charlie's conversation embedded in Fox's blog post. And while you're at it, hear the piece Fox did for WPLN on the reissue of Satan Is Real.


Showing 1-1 of 1


Add a comment