Patty Loveless to release alternative tracks
Friday, November 7, 2008
– Patty Loveless fans waited three years for a new record her - the covers disc, "Sleepless Nights," which dropped in September. Loveless whittled a list of more than 500 classics to 14.
But a few more are on the way because Loveless will release two additional takes on tracks across digital music stores on Dec. 2. Both will be alternative mixes of songs from the first digital release of Sleepless Nights - Color of the Blues, from George Jones and If Teardrops Were Pennies, from Kitty Wells, Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner.
iTunes will offer the music video for Crazy Arms in addition to the two new tracks.
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