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Patty Loveless and Chris Stapleton With Epic’s “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive,” sooth the CMA Awards

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Patty Loveless and Chris Stapleton

Patty Loveless and Chris Stapleton

The #Kentucky natives sing in honor of their home state, which saw historic #flooding earlier in 2022.

#ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR nominee At the 2022 CMA Awards, #Chris Stapleton invited #Patty Loveless, to perform their duet on “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive,” which she had won five times. The concert was intended to promote Kentucky, the home state of both performers, and to draw attention to its unprecedented flood troubles earlier this year.

Just subdued instrumentation was heard at the start of the concert until Loveless’ commanding voice took center stage. The fervor in her voice increased along with the song’s level, lending the story about the social and economic implications of coal mining villages a somber, depressing tone. Stapleton occasionally howled and roared but mainly let a real country icon steal the show.

Loveless recorded Darrell Scott’s “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive” for her 2001 CD Mountain Soul, a minimal album that focused on her bluegrass and old-time origins. Loveless mostly stopped playing 13 years ago. The song was previously performed by Loveless and Stapleton in October at the Kentucky Rising concert, a Lexington fundraiser for flood relief.

The 2021 CMA Awards saw Stapleton emerge as the big winner. He was nominated numerous times at the 2022 awards before taking home the title of Male Vocalist of the Year. His single scheduled live performance for 2022 is scheduled for Nov. 12 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, where he will be joined on the lineup by Miranda Lambert, Dwight Yoakam, and Katie Pruitt. He’s scheduled to appear in Luke Bryan’s Crash in January.

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