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Loveless Pleases Arena Crowd Country Singer Patty Loveless Inspires Fans Worn Down By Preceding Act

Patty Loveless Thursday, Oct. 9, Spokane Arena

An engaging Patty Loveless sang her heart out Thursday night before an appreciative but mostly worn-down Arena crowd.

Country’s top female vocalist hit the stage with a killer smile and a terrific version of the honky-tonk “Halfway Down.” Loveless then unveiled her strong, stirring voice on the ballad “A Thousand Times A Day.”

Her rendition of “The Trouble With The Truth” was a bit more uptempo than the album version, but just as pleasing.

She sang the single from her new album, “You Don’t Seem to Miss Me” off “Long Stretch of Lonesome,” but the response seemed more polite than excited. Folks wanted the old familiar songs.

Loveless frequently embraced the crowd, at one point wishing “happy birthday” to a young girl named Brittany. She then laughed that everyone there was now celebrating a birthday, and sure enough the yelling confirmed that.

The female fans clearly enjoyed Loveless’ ballads about love-gone-awry, often singing along on such songs as “You Don’t Even Know Who I Am,” one of the evening’s highlights.

Her veteran seven-member band and backup singer performed a tight, top-notch set. Steel guitar player Tom Britt stood out, especially on “Everybody’s Equal in the Eyes of Love.”

Midway through, Loveless told the chair-bound crowd to get up and stretch, launching into “Lonely Too Long” and a smoking version of “You Can Feel Bad.” A rollicking version of “She Drew A Broken Heart” kept folks on their feet and moving, but a frustrated Loveless was fighting a losing battle with fans tired from a long set by Bryan White.

She ended her inspiring show with a rocking rendition of “I Try To Think About Elvis,” inspiring lots of sing-alongs, and returned for one encore.

The young White ruined an otherwise solid set with a horrifyingly long noodling thing, during which he cajoled the crowd into doing the wave, spelling and singing S-P-O-K-A-N-E endlessly and do-wahing some other nonsense. This went on so long, people were visibly aging - and grumbling.

He hit his stride with his hits, though, with “Sittin’ On Go” and “I’m Not Supposed To Love You Anymore” among them. His sex appeal showed with the mostly female audience. While singing the lyric “Lay down with me,” one zealous woman screamed, “OK!”

Once White said good night, the crowd stood and cheered, though I suspect it was more out of gratitude that he was finally finished.

Matt King opened Thursday’s show with a super solo string of songs on acoustic guitar. On his first tour and with his first album fresh out, King showed flair, with his fingers flying across the frets while belting out lyrics with a booming voice.

His half-hour set, which included “Destiny,” “A Woman Like You” and the title tune off the album “Five O’Clock Hero,” went fast and earned a standing ovation.

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