Loveless

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Nov. 6: I could listen all day to Patty Loveless, especially to stone-country numbers like this one from 1989. Whether she’s singing uptempo, ballads or bluegrass, it’s clear that the family didn’t use up all the talent on her distant cousins Loretta Lynn and Crystal Gayle.

“Don’t Toss Us Away,” written by Bryan MacLean and first cut by country-rockers Lone Justice, was Loveless’ third Billboard Top 5 single and also appeared on the great Tony Brown-produced album Honky Tonk Angel. It’s a super record, with Albert Lee on electric guitar and mandolin, Paul Franklin on steel, Mark O’Connor on fiddle and Mac McAnally on acoustic guitar. Rodney Crowell contributes the harmony to complement Loveless’ plaintive voice. Love that falsetto!

Loveless was one of the first country artists to make videos consistently; this was her second. I’m just a simple guy, I guess, but I don’t understand what it’s trying to say with respect to the song. Feel free to interpret it for me. And learn more about the great Patty Loveless at Allmusic.com, and through her discography.

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