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Patty Loveless & Ralph Stanley

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Patty Loveless and Ralph Stanley perform "Pretty Polly"

About the artist

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

After a successful career in country music Loveless turned to 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 contains classic country,
mountain, and bluegrass songs, as well as original material instead of strictly
bluegrass material. ~Steve Huey