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Patty Loveless--at The Maryland Theatre

October 07, 1998

Patty LovelessPatty Loveless recently received this year's Country Music Association's award for her recording of "You Don't Seem To Miss Me" with country music legend George Jones. The category was "Vocal Event of the Year."

In what may be the local event of the year for country music fans, Loveless will perform two shows at The Maryland Theatre Saturday, Oct. 10.

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She comes to Hagerstown with a long stretch of honors. "You Don't Seem To Miss Me" also took top prizes in the 1998 Grammy and Academy of Country Music awards. It's on Loveless' ninth and latest album, "Long Stretch of Lonesome," which earned a Grammy for Country Album of the Year and an Academy of Country Music award for Album of the Year.

Such tributes are nothing new for the 41-year-old Pikeville, Ky., native who, as a young girl, listened to the Grand Ole Opry on a kitchen radio.

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Her previous collection, "The Trouble With the Truth," took the same prizes in 1997. With her 1997 Academy of Country Music's Female Vocalist of the Year award, she joined Reba McEntire and Barbara Mandrell as one of only three to reign two years in a row; she was nominated again this year.

The sixth of her parents' seven children, Loveless - then Patty Ramey - stepped up to fill her newly married sister's spot in her brother's band when she was 12. Her brother introduced her to Porter Wagoner, who signed the 14-year-old to a publishing contract. Soon, she replaced another coal miner's daughter, distant cousin Loretta Lynn, in the Wilburn Brothers road show.

Inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1988, Loveless has a long stretch of hit singles that includes No. 1. songs, "You Can Feel Bad" and "Lonely Too Long" from her 1996 platinum album "Trouble With The Truth," and "Halfway Down," "You Don't Even Know Who I Am" and "Here I Am" from the 1994 platinum album "When Angels Fly."

Loveless will be working hard Saturday. The Maryland Theatre's small capacity - 1,300 seats - requires two shows to cover the cost of the performance, says Patricia Wolford, theater board president and acting director. Loveless will have only about 12 minutes between shows. Few artists are willing to agree to that, but Wolford says that country performers really care about their fans.

- Kate Coleman / Staff Writer




Patty Loveless in concert

  • When: Saturday, Oct. 10, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.
  • Where: The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown
  • Tickets: $21.50 to $29.50; plus $1.50 service charge

    Box office will open at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 10

  • For information: Call 301-790-2000.
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