Patty Loveless knew she had struck country gold when she first heard the song “You Don’t Seem to Miss Me” back in the mid-’90s. The song, written by her pal Jim Lauderdale, just had the feel of a classic country song she’d known for years.
That’s why she chose to sing it as a collaboration with the greatest country voice of all time, George Jones.
Patty tells Rare Country, “Getting the opportunity to do it with George Jones and the exposure that that song brought for me even — I just knew it sounded like a real classic. It has been. It still continues to be.”
The song was a huge hit within the country music community. The stone cold country sound helped the song earn a single of the year nomination at the 1998 CMA Awards. Patty and George managed to take home the vocal event of the year category for it.
The impact of “You Don’t Seem to Miss Me” was felt outside the country format, too.
Patty tells us she’s gotten compliments on that song from Bob Seger and even Bruce Springsteen. Patty met Bruce at a concert in Nashville in April 2000.
She recalls, “I got to talk with him a little bit. He goes, ‘You know that song you did with George Jones?’ I go, ‘Yeah!’ He said, ‘That’s a great record. That’s a great song.’ So, there you go!”
“You Don’t Seem to Miss Me” was the first single from Patty’s album, “Long Stretch of Lonesome.” She recently popped up at the Forever Country concert in Nashville to sing a few country classics with her pal Vince Gill and his band, The Time Jumpers. Here’s her version of Patsy Cline’s “I Fall to Pieces” for your enjoyment.