Patty Loveless, Radney Foster | Maurer Hall, Old Town School of Folk Music | Folk & Country | Chicago Reader
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When: Fri., Oct. 15, 7 & 10 p.m. 2010
Price: $38, $36 members, $34 seniors and children
Last year veteran country singer Patty Loveless released Mountain Soul II (Saguaro Road), an official sequel to the 2001 album on which she smartly and successfully retreated from Nashville radio formula and drew inspiration from bluegrass—a shift she made in the immediate wake of the O Brother, Where Art Thou? mountain-music craze. But Loveless has already proved she's no carpetbagger by making unofficial companions to Mountain Soul that stick to an acoustic sound and contain tunes, both new and vintage, that pay tribute to timeless country verities. On 2008's superb Sleepless Nights she put her spin on honky-tonk, and the latest record blurs genre lines by opening with a take on "Busted," a Harlan Howard vehicle that both Johnny Cash and Ray Charles turned into a hit in 1963. Choices like this suggest Loveless is less concerned with stylistic distinctions than with simply singing good songs from throughout country music's long history. Radney Foster opens. —Peter Margasak

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