Country Music Hall of Fame member-elect Patty Loveless sits down for an interview to discuss her decades-long music career, and she performs a few of her favorite songs. This live performance was recorded on August 26, 2023, and offered in support of the Museum’s exhibition “Patty Loveless: No Trouble with the Truth.”
During the program, Loveless performs “Blame It on Your Heart,” “Don’t Toss Us Away,” “Too Many Memories,” and “You Don’t Even Know Who I Am,” along with band members Jedd Hughes, Carmella Ramsey, and Deanie Richardson. Loveless also talks about growing up in Elkhorn City, Kentucky, and her early musical memories; how her brother and manager, Roger Ramey, helped her get a foot in the door in Nashville; working with her producer and husband, Emory Gordy Jr.; and how it felt winning Album of the Year at the 1995 Country Music Association Awards.
Loveless staked out a distinct place in country music beginning in the 1980s and into the 2000s, drawing on high-lonesome mountain soul, rollicking honky-tonk vitality, and heartfelt emotional balladry. Her talent for finding memorable material, including songs from outside conventional Music Row sources, and her intentional embrace of traditional country music has resulted in an enduring catalog that stands the test of time, including the hits “Blame It on Your Heart,” “Chains,” “Here I Am,” “How Can I Help You Say Goodbye,” “Hurt Me Bad (In a Real Good Way),” “I’m That Kind of Girl,” “Lonely Too Long,” “Timber I’m Falling in Love,” “You Can Feel Bad,” and “You Don’t Even Know Who I Am,” among others.
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