Patty Loveless readies new CD
Thursday, July 10, 2008
– Patty Loveless is gearing up to release her 19th album - a covers album - and first for a new label in September. "Sleepless Nights" will drop Sept. 9 on Sagauro Records.
Produced with her husband, Emory Gordy Jr., and backed by Harold Bradley, John Hobbs, Hargus "Pig" Robbins, Harry Stinson, Steve Gibson and Biff Watson, with background vocals by Vince Gill, "Sleepless Nights" features 14 titles that the pair culled from a pool of nearly 500 songs. The album is her first in three years.
"Emory and I were talking over dinner about recapturing some of these moments from my youth," Loveless said, "because I want to inspire and remind people of what country is made of. It takes me back especially to my brother, Roger, and my sister, Dottie, and the music they loved."
"It's a little bit of a history lesson, but I think once you hear the songs, the stories ... you're going to be drawn to it," she said. "People lived a little differently then, but at the same time, there's a lot more in common (with today) than people would think."
The title track is itself a bridge between the Gram Parsons/Emmylou Harris duet and the original Everly Brothers' version. Other songs include Webb Pierce's "There Stands the Glass," George Jones' "Color of the Blues" and Hank Williams' "Cold, Cold Heart."
"I felt like I could dip into my own soul," Loveless says of "Color of the Blues." "It grabs a hold of you and won't let go ... and when you're feeling down and out, that may be all you have to hold onto."
Songs on the CD are:
1. Why Baby Why
2. The Pain of Loving You
3. He Thinks I Still Care
3. Sleepless Nights
4. Crazy Arms
6. There Stands the Glass.
7. That's All It Took
8. Color of the Blues
9. I Forgot More Than You'll Ever
10. Next In Line
11 Don't Let Me Cross Over
12. Please Help Me I'm Falling
13. There Goes My Everything
14. Cold Cold Heart
Saguaro Road Records was formed in June 2008 by Direct Holdings Americas Inc. The company also markets and sells audio and video entertainment products under the Time Life brand, which it uses under license from Time Warner.
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