Record Review - Patty Loveless: Mountain Soul II

Returning once again to the rootsy country music that defined her early career, Patty Loveless proves that she has a voice for the ages. Mountain Soul II does not wander far from the tracks laid down on the first edition, choosing instead to widen the road a bit with a flourish of perfect gospel harmonies on “(We All Are) Children of Abraham,” and by kicking up dirt on a stunning version of the late Harlan Howard’s “Busted.” Joined by some of the finest pickers in the world — including Del & Ronnie McCoury and dobro player Rob Ickes — in addition to backup vocals from old friends Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris and Jon Randall, Loveless does what she does best: sing pure hillbilly music. Masterfully produced by her husband, Emory Gordy Jr., there is not a note or a moment out of place on this jewel. As Nashville’s industry moves further away from its core and into pop pabulum, artists such as Loveless keep the real thing alive and well. (Saguaro Road Records) 5 stars out of 5