Mountain Soul

Mountain Soul

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by Patty Loveless

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Following the success of O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Songcatcher, this all-acoustic homage to bluegrass, folk, and traditional country might at first glance smack of opportunism. But one listen to the powerful Mountain Soul -- which finds one of country music's most


Following the success of O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Songcatcher, this all-acoustic homage to bluegrass, folk, and traditional country might at first glance smack of opportunism. But one listen to the powerful Mountain Soul -- which finds one of country music's most celebrated vocalists wrapping her wonderful instrument around some truly penetrating songs -- should obliterate any cynicism. The most common themes -- spiritual longing and carnal yearning -- are fairly encapsulated by three impressive original songs cowritten by Loveless and her husband/producer, Emory Gordy Jr. The first, "Rise Up Lazarus," celebrates the Bible story's universal message of the power of faith. The second, the starkly ambient of "Soul of Constant Sorrow," paints the portrait of a woman forever bereft of spiritual comfort and allows Loveless to positively soar. At the other extreme, "Pretty Little Miss" is a fiddle-and-banjo-fired toe-tapper right out of the barn dance ethos. Elsewhere it's pick 'em, as Loveless delivers a tear-stained version of the Jack Clement country heartbreaker, "Someone I Used to Know," and a haunting take on Darrell Scott's folktale, "You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive," two songs recently given memorable treatments by, respectively, Rhonda Vincent on The Storm Still Rages and Brad Paisley on his Part II album. Travis Tritt stops by for a gritty duet on the Kostas-Melba Montgomery traditional country breakup lament, "Out of Control Raging Fire," but the story is Patty Loveless, and an album that rings true and soulful at every turn.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Maria Konicki Dinoia
A 180-degree departure from contemporary commercial country music, album number six from the always dynamic Loveless is like a breath of fresh air on a steamy summer afternoon. Mountain Soul is a rare and brilliant acoustic 14-track album of bluegrass mountain music. Amidst the mandolins, fiddles, and banjos is Loveless' harking alto voice, singing from her soul to the music she grew up with. Just when you thought the days of Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, Bill Monroe, and the Stanley Brothers were gone, Loveless brings them back with new life and staggering grace. Rounding out this ubiquitous collection are soft-singing collaborators Travis Tritt, Ricky Skaggs, and Rebecca Lynn Howard.
Spin Magazine - Andrew Beaujon
[9 out of 10] ...Loveless has made the great record her traditionalism-tinged country pop has always hinted at.

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Patty Loveless   Primary Artist
Earl Scruggs   Banjo
Ricky Skaggs   Mandolin,Background Vocals
Travis Tritt   Guitar,Background Vocals
Steve Gibson   Mandola
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle,Mandolin,Background Vocals
Tim Hensley   Mandolin,Background Vocals
Rob Ickes   Dobro
Alan O'Bryant   Banjo
Carmella Ramsey   Fiddle,Background Vocals
Deanie Richardson   Fiddle
Darrell Scott   Dobro
Clarence "Tater" Tate   Bass
Biff Watson   Guitar
Jeff White   Background Vocals
Gene Wooten   Dobro
Jon Randall   Guitar,Background Vocals
Tom Britt   Slide Guitar
Butch Lee   Banjo,Bass,Mandolin
Rebecca Lynn Howard   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Ralph Stanley   Composer
Patty Loveless   Arranger,Composer
Phil Lynott   Composer
Emory Gordy   Producer
Justin Niebank   Engineer
Dennis Ritchie   Engineer
Beth Kindig   Art Direction
Billiken Johnson   Art Direction

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Mountain Soul 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Last summer, I was fortunate enough to hear Patty Loveless perform three of these traditional tunes in concert as she toured promoting her Strong Heart CD. Now I don't write fan mail, but after this concert I wrote and pleaded for a whole CD of soulful mountain music. I like to think that Mountain Soul is Patty's answer, the register of one singer's return to her Appalachian roots. This true coal-miner's daughter sings with great skill and with maturity and with evident enjoyment. The pace is upbeat, the harmonies tight, the soul, well, soulful. An added bonus is the family photo album in the liner notes. These pictures of her family reminded me how close most of us are to the Depression still. A noble record from a wonderful artist.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the greatest albums I ever heard. Patty deserves a Grammy for this album. This will truly be one of my favorites.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In a just country music world, Mountain Soul would be the top album of the year. The acoustic arrangements are dead on perfect and Patty Loveless delivers each song with feeling, making them her own. Her version of Darryl Scott's ''You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive'' is a classic. Anyone who appreciates acoustic music, real country (as opposed to todays countryPOP), bluegrass or just hearing an artist at the top of her form, will fall in love with Mountain Soul.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoy this album every time I hear it. The vocals and music are mixed together to give the listener a feeling like no other. All of the songs are great, but my favorites are "Daniel Prayed," "Rise Up Lazarus," and "Pretty Little Miss." This mixture of country, bluegrass, and Gospel is definitely a winner.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Patty Loveless is the only artist who when I hear that they have a new album I will immediately go an buy it without hearing another word. She is my favorite artist ever. Mountain Soul is so doggone good it goes beyond words. Listening to the album is almost a spiritual experience that goes right into your bones. "You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive" brings me to tears. I saw Patty at the House of Blues in Anaheim and I am still shaking. Yeah I like Shania, but Patty is the real deal.