Patty Loveless Reclaims Her Mountain Soul

Returns To Her Appalachian Roots With Traditional-Leaning June 26 Release



Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from Sony Music Nashville

    NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- TIME magazine raved, "Patty
 Loveless sings the truth, and she serves it up raw" about the woman who's been
 named Female Vocalist of the Year three different times -- and has seen her
 brand of modern country music provide some of the genres most enduring songs,
 whether it's the plucky three-week #1 "Blame It On Your Heart," the
 wrenching-Grammy nominated "How Can I Help You Say Good-Bye" and "You Don't
 Even Know Who I Am" or the wry chart-topper "I Try To Think About Elvis."  But
 for all her mainstream success, Loveless remains a blue Kentucky girl at
 heart.
     To that end, Loveless and husband/legendary producer Emory Gordy, Jr
 (George Jones, Jimmie Dale Gilmore's Spinning Around The Sun) are finishing
 Mountain Soul -- a labor of love embracing the bluesy side of the hollers
 where Loveless and her siblings grew up.  Drawing on traditional material,
 songs from Loveless' and Gordy's cache of originals and songs they've found
 for Loveless' five critic's fave platinum+ Epic CDs.
     "I've been wanting to do this record since 1992 when Emory and I put a
 little group together to go play The Carter Stanley Memorial Festival,"
 Loveless says. "Playing this music in front of people -- as opposed to in a
 dressing room or someone's home -- made me feel very connected to where I come
 from. It took me back. So when we were getting ready to go out on the road for
 my regular concerts, I thought we should play some of this music to let people
 know where I come from, to give them a sense of who I am.
     "And you know," Loveless adds with a laugh, "the people loved it!"
     Featuring guess Ricky Skaggs, Travis Tritt and Jon Randall, in addition to
 two key road people multi-instrumentalist Deenie Richardson and singer
 Carmella Ramsey, Loveless and Gordy began making this music for themselves.
 And beyond traditional Music Row marketing, Sony Nashville -- Loveless'
 longtime home -- is releasing the 14-song Mountain Soul, alongside Strong
 Heart, her current mainstream country project.
     "I'm very lucky my label will let me do this," Loveless says. "They see
 the music the way I do and they know it's a dream of mine so they're
 supporting me here. We're breaking a few rules, having two records out at
 once, but I think one will only enhance the other.  And for me, it's the best
 of both possible worlds."
     Drawing on Reno and Smiley's broken-hearted lament "I Know You're
 Married," Dolly-and-Porter's lost love "Someone That I Used To Know" and Melba
 Montgomery's glowing ember of yearning "Raging Fire," plus the vintage
 church-based "New Coat," old-time "Sorrowful Angels" and gospel quartet
 "Daniel Prayed," Loveless mines her memory for a large part of Soul.  The more
 recent gems include "You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive," a chilling Darrell
 Scott portrait of the reality of the hills, "The Smell of Cheap Whiskey,"
 Gordy's song of excess' price in real life terms recorded by Martina McBride,
 "Pretty Little Miss," a light-hearted update based on a folk song that
 celebrates young girls with big crushes, and Loveless' own "The Sounds of
 Loneliness," written at 15 and recorded for her MCA debut, but now echoing
 with the austere knowledge of what loneliness truly means.
     "This was recorded live, which means everyone has to be on," Loveless
 notes, "because with bleed-through, you can't fix things.  But there's
 something about knowing that, too, that just inspires you.  When you're having
 that much fun and the music is connecting, you get drawn in and it lifts you
 up.  There's a freedom to it because you're part of this group that's urging
 each other on.  And even if it's not absolutely perfect, there is so much
 heart here, that's what you hear -- and it sounds amazing."
     "The Last Thing On My Mind," the second single from Loveless' Strong
 Heart, is at #19 with a bullet in Radio & Records and #21 with a bullet in
 Billboard.  Mountain Soul will be released on June 26th, as Loveless kicks off
 her summer tour.
 
 

SOURCE Sony Music Nashville
    NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- TIME magazine raved, "Patty
 Loveless sings the truth, and she serves it up raw" about the woman who's been
 named Female Vocalist of the Year three different times -- and has seen her
 brand of modern country music provide some of the genres most enduring songs,
 whether it's the plucky three-week #1 "Blame It On Your Heart," the
 wrenching-Grammy nominated "How Can I Help You Say Good-Bye" and "You Don't
 Even Know Who I Am" or the wry chart-topper "I Try To Think About Elvis."  But
 for all her mainstream success, Loveless remains a blue Kentucky girl at
 heart.
     To that end, Loveless and husband/legendary producer Emory Gordy, Jr
 (George Jones, Jimmie Dale Gilmore's Spinning Around The Sun) are finishing
 Mountain Soul -- a labor of love embracing the bluesy side of the hollers
 where Loveless and her siblings grew up.  Drawing on traditional material,
 songs from Loveless' and Gordy's cache of originals and songs they've found
 for Loveless' five critic's fave platinum+ Epic CDs.
     "I've been wanting to do this record since 1992 when Emory and I put a
 little group together to go play The Carter Stanley Memorial Festival,"
 Loveless says. "Playing this music in front of people -- as opposed to in a
 dressing room or someone's home -- made me feel very connected to where I come
 from. It took me back. So when we were getting ready to go out on the road for
 my regular concerts, I thought we should play some of this music to let people
 know where I come from, to give them a sense of who I am.
     "And you know," Loveless adds with a laugh, "the people loved it!"
     Featuring guess Ricky Skaggs, Travis Tritt and Jon Randall, in addition to
 two key road people multi-instrumentalist Deenie Richardson and singer
 Carmella Ramsey, Loveless and Gordy began making this music for themselves.
 And beyond traditional Music Row marketing, Sony Nashville -- Loveless'
 longtime home -- is releasing the 14-song Mountain Soul, alongside Strong
 Heart, her current mainstream country project.
     "I'm very lucky my label will let me do this," Loveless says. "They see
 the music the way I do and they know it's a dream of mine so they're
 supporting me here. We're breaking a few rules, having two records out at
 once, but I think one will only enhance the other.  And for me, it's the best
 of both possible worlds."
     Drawing on Reno and Smiley's broken-hearted lament "I Know You're
 Married," Dolly-and-Porter's lost love "Someone That I Used To Know" and Melba
 Montgomery's glowing ember of yearning "Raging Fire," plus the vintage
 church-based "New Coat," old-time "Sorrowful Angels" and gospel quartet
 "Daniel Prayed," Loveless mines her memory for a large part of Soul.  The more
 recent gems include "You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive," a chilling Darrell
 Scott portrait of the reality of the hills, "The Smell of Cheap Whiskey,"
 Gordy's song of excess' price in real life terms recorded by Martina McBride,
 "Pretty Little Miss," a light-hearted update based on a folk song that
 celebrates young girls with big crushes, and Loveless' own "The Sounds of
 Loneliness," written at 15 and recorded for her MCA debut, but now echoing
 with the austere knowledge of what loneliness truly means.
     "This was recorded live, which means everyone has to be on," Loveless
 notes, "because with bleed-through, you can't fix things.  But there's
 something about knowing that, too, that just inspires you.  When you're having
 that much fun and the music is connecting, you get drawn in and it lifts you
 up.  There's a freedom to it because you're part of this group that's urging
 each other on.  And even if it's not absolutely perfect, there is so much
 heart here, that's what you hear -- and it sounds amazing."
     "The Last Thing On My Mind," the second single from Loveless' Strong
 Heart, is at #19 with a bullet in Radio & Records and #21 with a bullet in
 Billboard.  Mountain Soul will be released on June 26th, as Loveless kicks off
 her summer tour.
 
 SOURCE  Sony Music Nashville