On October 22, 2023 Patty Loveless was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. If you’ve ever heard Patty sing, you know without a doubt she is one of the greats. Hailing from the Appalachian hollers of Eastern Kentucky, her blend of mountain soul, bluegrass, and country has lead her to have one of the most iconic careers in country music. Patty Loveless’ induction into the CMHOF was a no-brainer for anyone who has ever had the pleasure of working with her. Patty was the first major artist to hire me in Nashville.

Last night, some of her closest friends and band members from over the years threw a party to celebrate her prestigious achievement. I was excited to get the invitation as I was unable to attend her official induction ceremony. As soon as I walked in the door I felt like I was right back at home with this special musical family. Patty was in good spirits and looked great as usual. She is as down to earth and humble as they come.

There was a lot of love in the room and not to mention some of the most talented people I know. Some that attended were Jeff Hanna, Kenny Vaughan, Jeff White, Jedd Hughes, Deanie Richardson, Billy Thomas, Carmella Ramsey, Jimmy Johnson, Dave Racine, Jeff and Tammy King and Todd Lombardo.

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I am so proud to be a part of this tight-knit group that has never lost sight of the music and has never sacrificed their artistic integrity. It’s always about making great music with great people. I’m so proud to be part of this legacy and will continue to live by those guidelines from here on out.

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Another cool thing about Patty is that she used most of the touring members on her records. Usually in Nashville the touring bands are separated from the touring musicians, but that’s not the case for artists like Patty Loveless, Vince Gill, Marty Stuart and a few select others. They understand real music, real musicians, and hire them to be themselves as they recognize they are artists as well. 

I’m honored to have played on three of her records: Dreamin’ My Dreams (2005), Sleepless Nights (2008) and Mountain Soul II (2009). A few of those albums went on to win Grammys. At 26 years old, it was surreal working with such an icon as well as sitting next to Albert Lee and Emory Gordy on those sessions.

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From the Bar to the Bus!

Just for fun, I’ll tell you how working with Patty all started…

One night while playing at Robert’s with Don Kelley, he nudged me and signaled to look at the doorway. It was Patty and her old friend and fiddle player Deanie. They came in to scope me out to potentially be her new guitar player. Soon after that night I auditioned with her and the band on Music Row and she hired me. I went on to work with her for the next 6 or 7 years touring in all 50 states and overseas. I learned so much during that time and we made many unforgettable memories.

Suggested Listenings! 

Here are some of my favorite Patty Loveless songs!


You Don’t Seem to Miss Me

You'll Never Leave Harlem Alive Pl

You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive

The Grandpa That I Know

The Grandpa That I Know

The Trouble With The Truth Pl

The Trouble with the Truth


My Old Friend The Blues


Too Many Memories


Prisoner’s Tears

The Grandpa That I Know

On Your Way Home

“Don’t let the perfect get in the way of the pretty damn good!”