PATTY LOVELESS - Mountain Soul 1 & 2
Patty Loveless is an American country music singer. Since her emergence on the country music scene in late 1986 with her first (self-titled) album, Loveless has been one of the most popular female singers of the Neotraditional country movement, although she has also recorded albums in the Country pop and Bluegrass genres. To date, Loveless has charted more than forty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including five Number Ones. In addition, she has recorded fourteen studio albums (not counting compilations); in the United States, four of these albums have been certified platinum, while two have been certified gold.
2001 - Mountain Soul
Pikeville, Kentucky, native Patty Loveless has occasionally acknowledged her mountain-music roots on her frequently excellent albums of mainstream country. Hear, for instance, the pained, stoic version of Carter Stanley's "I'll Never Grow Tired of You" on Loveless's 1988 breakthrough, Honky Tonk Angel. Like too few of her 21st-century post-hillbilly peers could do, the singer makes Mountain Soul--an all-acoustic sampling of classics and a handful of new songs--far more than a nod to the style. Loveless's clear voice and sensitivity to narrative lyrics have made ballads her most fertile ground, and here she turns in as consistently affecting a disc as she's ever made. Whether offering a remake of Reno & Smiley's "I Know You're Married (But I Love You Still)," hard-country-influenced duets with Travis Tritt and Jon Randall ("Out of Control Raging Fire" and "Someone I Used to Know," respectively), or a rewritten "Soul of Constant Sorrow," she channels emotion in a straightforward way that could serve as a master class for many current vocalists. Even while celebrating a sound rooted in another time, though, Loveless takes an artistic chance or two: Darrell Scott's long, downbeat story song "You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive" isn't the record's best cut, but it's one of its most intriguing. - amazon.com
TRACKS: 01. The Boys Are Back in Town 02. The Richest Fool Alive 03. Daniel Prayed 04. Someone I Used to Know (with Jon Randall) 05. Out of Control Raging Fire (with Travis Tritt) 06. Rise up Lazarus 07. Cheap Whiskey 08. Pretty Little Miss 09. I Know You're Married (But I Love You Still) - (with Travis Tritt) 10. Sorrowful Angels 11. Soul of Constant Sorrow 12. You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive 13. Two Coats 14. Sounds of Loneliness
2009 - Mountain Soul II
Inspired by her critically acclaimed and commercial hit album from 2001, Mountain Soul, comes the long-awaited follow up to one of Patty Loveless's best-loved albums. In Mountain Soul II Patty's Kentucky roots shine through like a breath of fresh air, featuring her crystalline country vocals amid bluegrass-tinged accompaniment. Patty is surrounded by a stellar supporting cast, including country and bluegrass legends Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Al Perkins, and Del and Ronnie McCoury, making Mountain Soul II completely authentic and a true listening pleasure. - amazon.com
TRACKS: 01. Busted 02. Fools Thin Air 03. A Handful Of Dust 04. Half Over You 05. Prisoner's Tears 06. Working On A Building 07. Friends In Gloryland 08. (We Are All) Children Of Abraham 09. Big Chance 10. When The Last Curtain Falls 11. Blue Memories 12. You Burned The Bridge 13. Bramble And The Rose 14. Feelings Of Love 15. Diamond In My Crown