Mountain Soul II

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
For the record: Patty Loveless' Mountain Soul II is not a strict sequel to its 2001 predecessor. Whereas the former album was chock-full of bluegrass tunes both historical and contemporary, the sequel is a far more diverse collection that includes traditional songs, country music classics, and some new originals -- and yes, there are a couple of bluegrass tunes in the mix. Loveless and her husband, producer Emory Gordy, Jr., recruited a remarkable cast of players and backing vocalists, and wrote some stellar tunes to put alongside hallmark favorites on this mostly acoustic date. The guests are a star-studded list of session players and singers including Vince Gill, Emmylou ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
For the record: Patty Loveless' Mountain Soul II is not a strict sequel to its 2001 predecessor. Whereas the former album was chock-full of bluegrass tunes both historical and contemporary, the sequel is a far more diverse collection that includes traditional songs, country music classics, and some new originals -- and yes, there are a couple of bluegrass tunes in the mix. Loveless and her husband, producer Emory Gordy, Jr., recruited a remarkable cast of players and backing vocalists, and wrote some stellar tunes to put alongside hallmark favorites on this mostly acoustic date. The guests are a star-studded list of session players and singers including Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Rebecca Lynn Howard, steel boss Al Perkins, and fiddler Stuart Duncan, to mention only a slim few. The set opens with a mountain version of Harlan Howard's standard "Busted," featuring no less than bluegrass legend Del McCoury on guitar and lead chorus vocal and son Ronnie on mandolin; Rob Ickes plays Dobro and Bryan Sutton plays banjo (these latter three appear on multiple cuts). It's followed by an utterly moving version of Susannah Clark and Rodney Crowell's broken love song "Fools Thin Air," with Mike Auldridge on Dobro and Carl Jackson on banjo. There is a stellar vocal trio on the traditional "Friends in Gloryland," sung a cappella with Gill and Howard. The pair also appears with Loveless on the gorgeous "Blue Memories." Another a cappella number is Loveless and Gordy's "(We Are All) Children of Abraham," with the Burnt Hickory Primitive Baptist Congregation, who sound more like pre-Thomas Dorsey gospel music than the postwar historical model. There is a lovely version of Barbara Keith's "Bramble and the Rose," before the album closes with Kostas' tender leaving song "Feelings of Love" and "Diamond in My Crown," the latter penned by Emmylou Harris and Paul Kennerley. This last track, with Harris on tenor backing vocal and Butch Lee on a vintage pump organ, leaves the set on a haunting, lonesome note. Mountain Soul II is every bit as fine as the original Mountain Soul was, and is more adventurous. Loveless and Gordy make no concessions to contemporary country music and don't seem to give a damn about the charts. Loveless has built a following that may not be in the millions anymore, but it is plentiful enough in numbers to support her enthusiastically in whatever endeavor she attempts to undertake. And why not? Since 2000, every record she's released has been at least as good as the one that preceded it, and this is no exception.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/29/2009
  • Label: Time Life Records
  • UPC: 610583319026
  • Catalog Number: 24976
  • Sales rank: 38,503

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Patty Loveless Primary Artist, Tenor (Vocal)
Mike Auldridge Dobro
Del McCoury Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Emmylou Harris Tenor (Vocal)
Barry Bales Bass
Mike Bub Bass
Jason Carter Fiddle
Stuart Duncan Fiddle, Mandolin
Vince Gill Acoustic Guitar, Baritone (Vocal)
Tim Hensley Baritone (Vocal)
Rob Ickes Dobro
Carl Jackson Banjo, Baritone (Vocal)
Rob McCoury Banjo
Ronnie McCoury Mandolin, Baritone (Vocal), Mandola
Carmella Ramsey Tenor (Vocal)
Deanie Richardson Fiddle
Jon Randall Mandolin, Baritone (Vocal)
Bryan Sutton Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin
Tom Britt Electric Guitar
Butch Lee Pump Organ
Rebecca Lynn Howard Acoustic Guitar, Tenor (Vocal)
Guthrie Trapp Rhythm Guitar
Kerlan Spur Percussion
Technical Credits
Del McCoury Arranger
Ralph Stanley Arranger
Rodney Crowell Composer
Emmylou Harris Composer
Patty Loveless Arranger, Composer
Karen Brooks Composer
Barbara Keith Composer
Steve Beers Vocal Engineer
Susanna Clark Composer
Jim DeMain Mastering
Vince Gill Arranger
Emory Gordy Producer
Harlan Howard Composer
Paul Kennerley Composer
Ronnie McCoury Arranger
Justin Niebank Engineer
Drew Bollman Engineer
Jon Randall Composer
Tony Arata Composer
Mark Irwin Composer
Rebecca Lynn Howard Arranger
Traditional Composer
Karen Stanley Composer
Mike Jason Executive Producer
Wally Wilson Composer
Olivia Kim Editorial Research
Ellery Durgin Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another fine Patty Loveless offering

    Patty Loveless is in fine form on this CD. When is she not? She has wonderful backup with Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris and others, but Patty's soulful voice is the attraction here.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Her Best Yet!

    This album will make you fall in love with Patty Loveless all over again.
    This may very well be her best effort. If you don't like this album then you don't like bluegrass or Patty Loveless. This is definitely a "must have" album.

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