Patty Loveless Builds On Mountain Soul; Digital Album Sales Climb

Brody Vercher | July 9th, 2009

  1. Drew
    July 9, 2009 at 11:43 am

    The Patty news is the most exciting thing I’ve seen in months… cannot wait!

  2. Sam G.
    July 9, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    Is it too early to put the Patty Loveless bluegrass album on the year-end best-of lists? Not that I’m getting my hopes up or anything…

    Yay, Point of Grace is going country. There aren’t nearly enough songs about God, Jesus and religion on country radio right now.

  3. Dr. No
    July 9, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Of course digital country albums sales have gone up, Music Row is catering to the main demographic that download—the teenage crowd.

  4. Paula_W
    July 9, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Dr No – there is also the little fact that music stores are going out of business one by one and it is becoming increasingly more difficult to find albums in “physical/material” form – not only the “pop/fluff” albums, but also the “real country” music as well.

  5. Jon
    July 9, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    By the way, everyone connected with Mountain Soul II, from Patty herself to whoever wrote the press release, has been careful not to call it a bluegrass album. And while I’ve seen about a dozen names of associated musicians, not one has been a banjo player. I’m guessing there’ll be a bit of bluegrass on it, but not much.

  6. Kelly
    July 9, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    perhaps it’s post-modern-neo-prog-traditional-roots-grass?

  7. Kelly
    July 9, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    …I’m sorry, I meant “alt” post-modern-neo-prog-roots-grass. there, that should sum it up.

  8. Jon
    July 9, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Loveless calls it “Appalachian, bluegrass and country combined,” which pending an actual hearing seems good enough to me.

    And on a completely different note, if y’all haven’t seen this yet, you need to: .

  9. Razor X
    July 9, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    By the way, everyone connected with Mountain Soul II, from Patty herself to whoever wrote the press release, has been careful not to call it a bluegrass album.

    From what I’ve read, it’s bluegrass-influenced, but also features some pedal steel and electric guitar on some tracks. No drums were used at all.

    The original Mountain Soul wasn’t an all-bluegrass album, either.

  10. Leeann Ward
    July 9, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    This sounds like more my style than straight bluegrass does anyway.

  11. Razor X
    July 9, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Whatever it’s called, I’m looking forward to it. It’s hard to go wrong with a Patty Loveless album.

  12. CMW
    July 9, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    The link Jon posted above is pure gold. Don’t miss it.

  13. Blake Boldt
    July 9, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Though I cringed when I saw the name of the new Loveless disc, her explanation in the press release sheds a different light on the choice.

    I’m approaching “broken record” territory, but Loveless, to my mind, has the strongest catalog in country music over the last twenty years. Mountain Soul (which I’d regard as the best recording of the decade) is the pinnacle for sure, so I’m obviously looking forward to the sequel. One known track on the album is “Diamonds in My Crown,” a real gem by Emmylou from The Ballad of Sally Rose.

  14. Jon
    July 9, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Razor X: “The original Mountain Soul wasn’t an all-bluegrass album, either.”

    Nope, but from what I know, it was grassier than this one.

    “One known track on the album is “Diamonds in My Crown”…”

    I’m not sure what that means – known to be on the album? presumed to be known by readers here? – but I know that “Working On A Building” is on there, along with “Friends In Gloryland,” which I’m guessing is (or is built on) the old Ralph Stanley song “Gloryland” (“If you have friends in gloryland/Who left because of pain…”), “The Bramble And The Rose,” which was the title track of a 90s Lynn Morris album (check it out, please), “Busted” and more.

  15. Jon
    July 9, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    And while I’m on a roll… . Don’t miss “Place Up On High.”

  16. Ron
    July 9, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Favorite lonely song: Sunday Morning Coming Down. End of discussion.

  17. Matthew Bashioum
    July 9, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Stone Ln just ranked Patty Loveless’ first Mountain Soul the 24th most important album of the decade. Timely!
    I can’t wait to hear Vol. II!

  18. Stormy
    July 9, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Favorite lonely song: Lost and Found–Kadsey Chambers

  19. Rick
    July 9, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    I’m hoping Rebecca Lynn Howard’s participation in “Mountain Soul II” will plant a few seeds in her own mind about what kind of project she should do next…

    Of course digital album sales will grow when some albums are ONLY released in the digital format. That doesn’t meant consumers like me are happy about it though.

    Point of Grace obviously wants to compete with SheDaisy and Carter’s Chord up in the 40-60 position section of the country singles charts what with radio being so hot on female harmony groups these days…

    Wow, Trailer used “sucky” twice in this batch of album cover revisions! That’s Awesome! (lol)

    My favorite lonely songs? Hmm, how about Robert Cray’s “Phone Booth”, or maybe Tommy Tutone’s “867-5309 (Jenny)”. Gosh, I’ve just noticed there seems to be a pattern here…(lol)

  20. idlewildsouth
    July 9, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    That Jon posted is the reason any time I’ve flown with a guitar I have carried that sucker on with me.

  21. Rick
    July 10, 2009 at 1:08 am

    That Dave Carroll song and video for “United Breaks Guitars” is a hell of a lot better than most of the crap currently in the mainstream country Top 20! Sucky Covington wishes he could sing that well….

    PS – When I saw Crystal Shawanda (remember her?) perform with her husband backing her in Long Beach, CA last October his acoustic guitar body was being held together with duct tape! Seems he was yet another airline victim who entrusted his guitar to baggage handlers. I think the Pelican company should make military grade indestructible cases that fit common guitar body types….

  22. Paul W Dennis
    July 10, 2009 at 1:14 am

    RE: Point of Grace going country

    Whoopee ! bland Christian goes bland country

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