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Patty Loveless

One of the most popular female singers of the new traditionalist movement, Patty Loveless rose to stardom thanks to her blend of honky tonk and country-rock, not to mention a plaintive, emotional ballad style. Her late-'80s records for MCA were generally quite popular, earning her comparisons to Patsy Cline, but most critics agreed that she truly came into her own as an artist when she moved to Epic in the early '90s.

Loveless was born Patricia Lee Ramey in Pikeville, KY, in 1957 and spent most of her childhood in nearby Elkhorn City, where her father worked in the coal mines. Her immediate family loved music, and two of her distant cousins later found fame as Loretta Lynn and Crystal Gayle. Unfortunately, her father contracted black lung disease, forcing the family to move from their rural home to Louisville for the sake of convenient medical treatment. Patty found escape from the culture shock in music, and her father gave her a guitar when she was 11. Soon she was singing and writing songs with her older brother Roger, and the two started performing at local country jamborees. At one such show, the Wilburn Brothers caught their act and gave them a standing invitation to Nashville. Roger and a 14-year-old Patty made the trip on a weekend when the Wilburns were out of town, but managed to talk their way into Porter Wagoner's office instead, impressing him with a performance of Patty's original "Sounds of Loneliness."

Wagoner took Patty under his wing, inviting her to perform with him and Dolly Parton on the weekends. In 1973, after finishing high school, she became a featured vocalist with the Wilburn Brothers' band (a post once held by Loretta Lynn) and also signed with their publishing company. She later married the band's drummer, Terry Lovelace, and moved to his hometown near Charlotte, NC, in 1976. There she sang pop, rock, and R&B material with a local cover band for several years and endured bouts with alcoholism and drug use. In the early '80s, she returned home, hired her brother Roger as her manager, and altered the spelling of her married name to Loveless. After traveling to Nashville to record demos of country songs, she landed a publishing deal with Acuff-Rose and moved to Nashville permanently in 1985; she also divorced Lovelace around the same time, and her demo tape impressed MCA exec Tony Brown enough that he offered her a contract later that year.

With Roger's producer friend Emory Gordy, Jr. at the controls, Loveless released her first chart single, "Lonely Days, Lonely Nights," and her self-titled debut album in 1986. She enjoyed some modest success, but didn't really make a splash until the 1988 follow-up, If My Heart Had Windows, which gave her two Top Ten hits in the title cut (originally recorded by George Jones) and Steve Earle's "A Little Bit of Love." Late in 1988, she released the follow-up album that made her a star, Honky Tonk Angel. "Timber, I'm Falling in Love" became her first number one hit in 1989, and three more singles -- "Blue Side of Town," "Don't Toss Us Away," and "The Lonely Side of Love" -- reached the Top Ten before year's end, by which time Loveless had married producer Gordy. In 1990, the album's fifth single, "Chains," became her second number one. Her next album, On Down the Line, came out later that year and brought her two Top Five hits in the title cut and "I'm That Kind of Girl." Following 1991's Up Against My Heart and its Top Five hit "Hurt Me Bad (In a Real Good Way)," Loveless made some major changes in her career. She parted ways with her brother as manager and switched labels to Epic, taking husband Gordy with her as producer; moreover, she was forced to undergo throat surgery to repair her vocal cords before she was able to complete her label debut.

Only What I Feel was released in early 1993 and earned Loveless the best reviews of her career to date, thanks to a newfound level of confidence. The number one smash "Blame It on Your Heart" helped the record go platinum, and "How Can I Help You Say Goodbye?" and "You Will" also went Top Ten. The following year's When Fallen Angels Fly won equal acclaim, not to mention the CMA's Album of the Year Award; it spun off four Top Ten hits in "I Try to Think About Elvis," "Halfway Down," "You Don't Even Know Who I Am," and "Here I Am." Released in 1996, The Trouble with the Truth continued Loveless' renaissance with two more number one smashes, "You Can Feel Bad (If It Makes You Feel Better)" and "Lonely Too Long," and the Top Five "She Drew a Broken Heart"; that year, she won the ACM's Female Vocalist of the Year Award. However, 1997's Long Stretch of Lonesome abruptly halted her commercial momentum; despite a similar level of consistency, none of its singles made the Top Ten. Perhaps a shift toward slick country-pop played a role in Loveless' sales slump, as 2000s solid Strong Heart met with a similar fate.

In response, Loveless turned away from hitmaking and embraced the acoustic Kentucky bluegrass of her youth, which was enjoying a renaissance of its own thanks to O Brother, Where Art Thou? The result, Mountain Soul, was released in 2001 and earned numerous critical plaudits, also selling decently in spite of its lack of concern for commercialism. Loveless kept that acoustic approach for her 2002 holiday album Bluegrass and White Snow: A Mountain Christmas, and it also informed her proper follow-up, 2003's On Your Way Home. The ambitious Dreamin' My Dreams appeared two years later, followed by Sleepless Nights in 2008. In 2009, Loveless followed up Mountain Soul with Mountain Soul II on the Suguaro Road imprint. Unlike its predecessor, II contained classic country, mountain, and bluegrass songs, as well as original material instead of strictly bluegrass tunes. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Mountain Soul II

1. Busted

2. Fools Thin Air

3. A Handful Of Dust

4. Half Over You

5. Prisoner's Tears

6. Working On A Building

7. Friends In Gloryland

8. (We Are All) Children Of Abraham

9. 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

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Track List: Sleepless Nights

1. Why Baby Why

2. The Pain Of Loving You

3. He Thinks I Still Care

4. Sleepless Nights

5. Crazy Arms

6. There Stands The Glass

7. That's All It Took

8. Color Of The Blues

9. I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know

10. Next In Line

12. Please Help Me, I'm Falling

13. There Goes My Everything

14. Cold, Cold Heart

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Track List: Dreamin' My Dreams

1. Keep Your Distance

2. Old Soul

3. When Being Who You Are Is Not Enough

4. Nobody Here By That Name

5. Same Kind Of Crazy

6. Everything But The Words

7. Dreaming My Dreams With You

8. On The Verge Of Tears

10. Big Chance

11. My Old Friend The Blues

12. When I Reach The Place I'm Going

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Track List: On Your Way Home

1. Draggin' My Heart Around

2. Nothin' Like The Lonely

3. I Wanna Believe

4. On Your Way Home

5. I Don't Wanna Be That Strong

6. Born-Again Fool

7. Lookin' For A Heartache Like You

8. Higher Than The Wall

9. Lovin' All Night

10. Last In A Long Lonesome Line

11. The Grandpa That I Know

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Track List: Mountain Soul

1. The Boys Are Back In Town

2. The Richest Fool Alive

3. Daniel Prayed

4. Someone I Used To Know

5. Out Of Control Raging Fire

6. Rise Up Lazarus

7. Cheap Whiskey

8. Pretty Little Miss

9. I Know You're Married (But I Love You Still)

10. Sorrowful Angels

11. Soul Of Constant Sorrow

12. You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive

13. Two Coats

14. Sounds Of Loneliness

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Track List: Strong Heart

1. You're So Cool

2. The Last Thing On My Mind

3. My Heart Will Never Break This Way Again

4. You Don't Get No More

5. That's the Kind of Mood I'm In

6. Thirsty

7. Strong Heart

8. The Key of Love

9. She Never Stopped Loving Him

10. Pieces On the Ground

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Track List: Long Stretch Of Lonesome

1. The Party Ain't Over Yet

2. To Have You Back Again

3. I Don't Want To Feel Like That

4. High On Love

5. Like Water Into Wine

6. That's Exactly What I Mean

7. You Don't Seem To Miss Me

8. Too Many Memories

9. Long Stretch Of Lonesome

10. Where I'm Bound

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Track List: When Fallen Angels Fly

1. A Handful Of Dust

2. Halfway Down

3. When The Fallen Angels Fly

4. You Don't Even Know Who I Am

5. Feelin' Good About Feelin' Bad

6. Here I Am

7. I Try To Think About Elvis

8. Ships

9. Old Weakness (Coming On Strong)

10. Over My Shoulder

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Track List: Only What I Feel

1. You Will

2. How About You

3. Nothin' But The Wheel

4. Love Builds The Bridges

5. Mr. Man On The Moon

6. Blame It On Your Heart

7. You Don't Know How Lucky You Are

8. All I Need (Is Not To Need You)

9. What's A Broken Heart

10. How Can I Help You Say Goodbye

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Track List: Up Against My Heart

1. Jealous Bone

2. Nobody Loves You Like I Do

3. I Already Miss You

4. Hurt Me Bad

5. If You Don't Want Me

6. I Came Straight To You

7. If It's The Last Thing I Do

8. Can't Stop Myself From Loving You

9. Waitin' For The Phone To Ring

10. God Will

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Track List: Honky Tonk Angel

1. Blue Side Of Town

2. I Won't Gamble With Your Love

3. Go On

4. If You Think

5. Chains

6. Don't Toss Us Away

7. The Lonely Side Of Love

8. I''ll Never Grow Tired Of You

9. Timber I'm Falling In Love

10. I'm On Your Side

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Track List: The Definitive Collection

1. Lonely Days, Lonely Nights

2. Wicked Ways

3. I Did

4. After All

5. You Saved Me

6. If My Heart Had Windows

7. A Little Bit In Love

8. Blue Side Of Town

9. Don't Toss Us Away

10. Timber, I'm Falling In Love

11. The Lonely Side Of Love

12. Chains

13. On Down The Line

14. The Night's Too Long

15. I'm That Kind Of Girl

16. Blue Memories

17. Hurt Me Bad (In A Real Good Way)

18. Jealous Bone

19. Can't Stop Myself From Loving You

20. Nobody Loves You Like I Do

21. You Can Feel Bad

22. Lonely Too Long

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A terriferic singer
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Patty you have one of the most beautiful voices I've ever heard and you will forever be one of my altime favorites.
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leades43
Such a great voice.
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Great song Patty you are a great singer love it ❤️Amy from Mississippi ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
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nickyp51
Love Her,saw her in Abilene Texas,The greatest state in the nation!
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nickyp51
I used to wish I could sing now I wish Patty Loveless could,she sucks
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I just picture all the girls dancing around when she sang this song in concert!!

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Patty Loveless was one of my sister's favorites. Gosh, the memories. :)
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I was looking for the Forester Sisters. The come up with everything but. Some artists I like are offered. Some I like, others I don't, but the ones I want the most aren't even offered. How do I get the Forester Sisters, Kathy Matea, LeRoy Parnell, Brian White, Diamond Rio, Trisha Yearwood, and others that I want on MY FAVORITES. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.
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Love this album....lov e patty
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Timber I'm Falling in Love great song
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I miss you mama. I love you. Hate good bye!!!!
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This song brought back so many memories.
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Patty loveless is awesome! One of my faves
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I love u Patty
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She is one of the greats. Country music today isn't what it was. I'm glad people like Patty and Roseanne Cash are still singing. I love her Mountain Soul cd. My daddy and I used to sing to it when we went on roadtrips... . a n d then it was I had to say goodbye to him.....life
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Can't get any better than this
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heribertonaj e r a
I'm down for anything and all 100%
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jwnewhorizon s 2 0 1 2
I love this country girl!
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Patty Loveless is one of my all-time favorite singers!
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Hey your not loveless Cause I love you
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I agree with Richard Fraser. Love this gal!!
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This song began with her needs and he turned the tables. All this tells as always, men are selfish.
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Great music
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Yeah this little gal can change many minds there are others such as Alison Kraus. Pure clean vocals.
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You have to love her music. I don't like much country but this lady and Emmylou Harris changed my mind.
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I love just about everything i have ever hear her sing. she is gorgeous and has THE perfect voice for my ears. So many of her songs are favorites of mine! Now, if we could just get her up to Bristol's Rhythm and Roots Reunion!!! (coming up next weekend) Love Yah Patty!!!
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my favorite is lester flatt
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love all bluegrass
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my favorite Patty Loveless song is Pretty Polly with Grandpa Jone, find it and listen to it
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Love Party's twang! Such a great voice! Hope she returns to Blue Hill Maine
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ctaylor137
One Hell of A Talented Lady!!
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rramey6
A distant cousin, truley a lesson in staying the course regarding your dreams. Bravo Patty!
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coolmusiczon e _ 3 3
Patty loveless is awesome
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Oh wow! Been a long time since i heard this song by patty loveless. She has one hell of a beautiful voice. Shes definatly country, better than taylor swifft. Thats for sure.
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I agree with maxzx.....be a u t i f u l songs..Patty is a TRUE country singer!
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maxzx
'Nothing but the Wheel' and 'You don't even know who I am' ... two of the greatest songs ever, perfectly sung ..... truly love Patty.
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gforte53
truly multi-talent e d . Love the mountain soul disc.
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LOVE THE MOUNTAIN SOUL CD
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Nothin but the wheel- best song ever.
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westmonroere a l t o r
Can we put Trouble with the Truth on this crappy station for crying out loud?!
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woodland1954
NEVER HEARD PATTY'S SONGS UNTIL NOW .WOW!! GLAD SHE'S STILL WITH EMORY. I KNEW HIM FOR ABOUT 5 YRS OR SO. WESTLAKE VILLAGE,CA. HE IS A GOOD MAN WITH AN INCREDIBLE AMOUNT OF MUSICAL TALENT. I SHALL BE LISTENING TO MORE OF PATTY IN THE NEAR FUTURE!
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The best country or any voice I've ever heard.
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saw her last night at the Library of Congress.... s h e rocked and just as beautiful a voice as ever and she looked great too!
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All that I can say is that I Love Patty Loveless, her music, lyrics, everything.
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took a little while but I love her singing.
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I saw her in my home town what a joy she is.
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the phone book would be a joy
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I'm so glad this wonderful singer has not forgotten to include her bluegrass roots in her broad country music spectrum of recordings and performance.
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I'd listen to her sing the phone book.
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