October 9, 2008
Their partnership was a moment in hillbilly heaven, as one of the genre’s finest-ever traditional singers joined a terrific artist of the new generation in 1997. For her album Long Stretch of Lonesome, Patty Loveless enlisted the help of George Jones on the song “You Don’t Seem to Miss Me,” and its television debut occurred on the CMA show. Jones joined Loveless on stage, and the industry crowd voiced their approval of the perfect pairing. It was a soulful rendition of the song, a desperate plea to rekindle love’s flame. And only a couple of country music’s most heartbreaking voices could’ve given it the aching quality that writer Jim Lauderdale had intended.
Although country radio balked at the “too-traditional song,” only allowing it to reach #14 on the singles chart, the pairing proved beneficial. The following year, the two artists claimed the CMA award for Vocal Event of the Year. Loveless is one of only four female acts to win Album of the Year (in 1995, a truly remarkable achievement, considering that she‘d only been nominated in the category after Alison Krauss’ album was deemed ineligible). Among her five CMA awards is the Female Vocalist of the Year honor of 1996. Jones owns seven CMA trophies, including Male Vocalist of the Year in 1980-1981.
Patty Loveless & George Jones, “You Don’t Seem to Miss Me” (1997)
Patty Loveless, Album of the Year victory (1995)
Patty Loveless Female Vocalist of the Year victory (1996)