July 10, 2008
This week’s most pleasant surprise is that Patty Loveless will be releasing new music later this year. Sleepless Nights, due Sept. 9, is her first album in three years, and it’s a collection of classic country songs.
My first reaction to this was mixed, as I’ve heard some uninspired cover albums in my time. (Starting Over, anyone?) But Loveless has turned in some solid remakes over the years, covering everyone from Lucinda Williams to Waylon Jennings with great effectiveness.
Some artists just have a knack for making songs their own, even if they’ve already been hits by others. I think the best cover artist in country music is Dwight Yoakam. His album Under the Covers is fantastic, and he’s transformed decade-old songs by Johnny Horton, Elvis Presley and Buck Owens into contemporary hits.
Who do you think is country music’s best cover artist?