Already signed to Capitol Records since 1952 thanks to their first success The Get Acquainted Waltz produced by the legend Chet Atkins, it was not until 1955 that the band had other consequent successes. However, Capitols feels that they are selling enough and that there are a few things to be done. The Louvins brothers therefore proposed to start a concept album around sad folk/country songs, influenced in particular by their idols. It was already a "niche" they had already approached, that's why we can also find in the LP, songs already released before (Alabama, Knoxville Girl etc...).
So let's be honest, it's not the country album that I would recommend to someone who wants to discover this genre, however at the time there were few albums and especially few good country albums in reality (like Chet Atkins, Eddy Arnold, Lefty Frizzell for example) because labels and artists didn't bet on a long format and this was limited to the regional and local success of the "singles". Tragic Songs of Life is therefore for me one of the rare albums that was worthwhile at the time. And this one's also a step forward in the genre