The Burnt Hickory Bunch was on its way to Virginia to play in Ralph Stanley's annual bluegrass festival, working on some new covers of mountain tunes, songs the lead singer had sung with her family forever ago in the Kentucky holler where she was raised. That singer, country star Patty Loveless, was best known for her soulful voice, catchy country-pop ballads and two-step numbers. Her band, though, was about her roots, about Americana, about the Deep South and the music that spoke to the longing and pain she knew well. The instruments were familiar -- banjo, upright bass, fiddle, mandolin, Dobro -- and the songs more so: the Stanley Brothers' gospel song "Daniel Prayed," as well as "The Boys Are Back in Town" and a take on "Man of Constant Sorrow" titled "Soul of... More >>>