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An Appalachian-tinged take on Harlan Howard’s “Busted” opens this album with Patty Loveless singing angelically over bluegrass deity Del McCoury on guitar, his son Ronnie on mandolin, Bryan Sutton on banjo and Rob Ickes on dobro. The old traditional “Working On a Building” also gets the pickin’ and grinnin’ treatment as does the peppy “Big Chance.” But the other 12 tunes branch out into various pockets of Americana, making for a much less predictable listening experience than the first Mountain Soul. Also, a roster of impressive guests like Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill and Rebecca Lynn Howard help flesh things out. “(We Are All) Children Of Abraham” sounds like an old public domain chain-gang hymn, with its gospel harmonies and a capella performance (not to mention that it follows a similarly executed take on the traditional “Friends In Gloryland”), but Loveless wrote the tune with producer Emory Gordy, Jr. The Emmylou-penned “Diamond In My Crown” ends the album beautifully with nothing but an antiquated pump organ accompanying Loveless and Harris.

Customer Reviews

A Stunning Pleasure To Experience!

With this recording, Patty has surely earned her way to the top of the class...rivals and surpasses Mountain Soul I...'the finest hour' arriving and rewarding the listener as the CD ends with an absolute subtle, sublime blending of two voices that were 'Given' to be heard...Patty and Emmylou Harris creating the 'Diamond in HER Crown' so few artists ever find! A true artistic knockout!!

A must have for true music lovers

If you listen to Half Over You or You Burned the Bridge you will quickly understand the significance of the title "Mountain Soul II". Patty has an incredible ability to make you feel the lyrics with a soulfullness that is unparalleled. There is no doubt this offering from Patty will receive critical acclaim. I wish the commercial success would follow. It is certainly well deserved. This music transcends generations. My kids (6 and 3) love it, my grandmother loves it too.

Classic bluegrass from a legend

Hard to top Mountain Music I but she comes pretty darn close with this album. Her voice is one of the greats of country music. Keep on singing Patty!


Born: January 4, 1957 in Pikeville, KY

Genre: Country

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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