Patty Loveless On Mountain Stage

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Patty Loveless performed on Mountain Stage.

Patty Loveless performed on Mountain Stage.

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Set List

  • "On Down the Line"
  • "Prisoner's Tears"
  • "Bramble and the Rose"
  • "Busted"
  • "You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive"

Originally from Kentucky, country singer Patty Loveless has been exploring her rich musical roots on two albums of classic country songs, Mountain Soul and Mountain Soul II. Loveless and her band return to Mountain Stage to perform songs from Mountain Soul II, plus her well-known rendition of Darrell Scott's mining anthem, "You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive."

"Originally released as a song about farming cotton, Loveless' version of "Busted" features writer Harlan Howard's lyrics, in which the song's topic was coal mining. Howard gave his version to Loveless' husband and producer, Emory Gordy.

The coal industry is close to Loveless' heart — her father died of black lung at the age of 58. She dedicates Darrell Scott's song "Harlan" to her father, his friends and to all the miners who "continue to work very hard for their families."

This segment originally ran on May 17, 2010.

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