By Christian Scalise
“Patty Loveless Brings Pure
Country music songbird and Grand Ole Opry member Patty Loveless made a return visit to the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago on Friday October 15th, 2010 for two shows; one at 8pm and the other 10pm. Opened by incredible singer/songwriter Radney Foster, Patty’s appearance received a large turnout.
Riding high on the continued success of her 2009 critically-acclaimed album “Mountain Soul II,” the country/bluegrass album takes the listener on a fascinating journey into the various genres and sounds of Appalachian styled music inspired by Loveless’s upbringing.
Although Patty Loveless is no longer an artist that caters to mainstream radio or their selective standards on the limited number of artists that receive airplay, she has maintained a strong fan base through the years and their loyalty to her is unending. Her voice has never once lost its powerful range or the emotional connection that it makes with the listener; through the years it has matured and Patty Loveless has never sounded better.
Taking the stage at 11pm for the second show, Patty wore a pair of fitted denim jeans with black leather boots and an elegant white ruffled cardigan. Before starting the show, Patty told the audience that she was going to perform a lot of music from the early days of her career as well as the more recent recordings that have been released in the past few years.
She opened the show with a song that was written by Lucinda Williams called “The Night’s Too Long” and the heart wrenching “You Don’t Seem To Miss Me” a song that was recorded in the studio with Jim Lauderdale and country music icon George Jones. The hit ballad afforded Patty and Jones the great honor of winning the CMA’s “Vocal Event of The Year” award in 1998 for the collaboration.
Taking fans back to the early days of her career, a lingering intro on the steel guitar of “You Don’t Even Know Who I Am” and the bluegrass/country infused “Lovin’ All Night” left the audience avidly requesting more of her hits.
Patty took a moment to tell the audience about her membership in country music’s legendary establishment, The Grand Ole Opry. “I was made a member of the Opry in 1988. Twenty years later I made a record titled “Sleepless Nights” to pay tribute to those legends of the Opry family. It’s a great honor to be a part of that family and I love being a part of country music.”
Breezing through some of the greatest hits that made her a country music phenomenon, Patty had the audience singing along with her on “Blame It On Your Heart,” I’m That Kind Of Girl,” and “Here I Am.” She even covered George Jones on “Why Baby Why” and Ray Price on “Crazy Arms.”
Telling the audience about the award winning “Mountain Soul,” Patty told the audience after several fan and friend requests, she decided to make another follow up to the album “Mountain Soul II” with some of her closest friends in the business Vince Gill, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Del McCoury, and Emmylou Harris contributing to the creative process of the record.
Patty’s band consisted of exceptionally skilled musicians possessing some of the finest instruments that truly define a country music concert; twin fiddles, upright bass, mandolin, pedal steel, and the banjo. Patty closed the show with “A Diamond In My Crown” and a standing ovation for the genuinely gracious
1. The Night’s Too Long
2. Nothing But The Wheel
3. On Down The Line
4. You Don’t Seem To Miss Me
5. You Don't Even Know Who I Am
6. Lovin’ All Night
7. Crazy Arms (Ray Price Cover)
8. Why Baby Why (George Jones Cover)
9. You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive
10. The Boys Are Back In Town
11. Here I Am
12. Halfway Down
13. The Trouble With The Truth
14. Blame It On Your Heart
15. I’m That Kind Of Girl
16. A Diamond In My Crown
Check out pictures from the show below: