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If you’re like me, you’re probably a bit cynical about the music coming out of today’s Nashville hit factory. Unfortunately, we appear to be back in the age of the Urban Cowboy—too many cookie-cutter cowboy wannabes dressing like George Strait, but singing more like Michael Bolton. Well, Patty Loveless is here to prove that when Nashville gets it right, it can produce some truly great music.


Possessing perhaps the finest voice in country (pure high, lonesome, and Appalachian) and the true gift of recognizing great songwriting when she sees it, Loveless has recorded a mountain of great music over the course of her career. Classics rounds up her best from the past couple of years, and while I prefer her first greatest hits album that focuses on her earlier material, Classics is proof that Loveless has never lost a step throughout her career.

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Sarah Zupko founded PopMatters, one of the largest independent cultural criticism magazines on the web, back in the Internet's early days of 1999. Zupko is a former Executive Producer for Tribune Media Services, the media syndication arm of the Tribune Company, and a 10-year veteran of Tribune. Her other pursuits involve writing historical fiction and research in the fields of Slavic and German history, as well as general European cultural and intellectual history. Zupko studied musicology, film, and drama at the University of Chicago and media theory at the University of Texas, where she received her M.A.


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