To judge from Spin and MTV2, it would seem that all the country performers worth noticing are aging (Loretta Lynn), dead (Johnny Cash), or Kid Rock. But those who move beyond these outlets know we’ve got Patty Loveless. This Kentucky coal miner’s daughter has never been interested in being Faith Hill–slick, but she’s been able to get George Jones and Steve Earle covers on commercial radio. Aided by bassist/producer husband Emory Gordy Jr. and a tight backing band, the woman born Patty Ramey uses her versatile timbre to provide an eerie authority to the somber “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive,” from 2001’s bluegrass-rooted Mountain Soul, and a joyous verve to the honky-tonk rocker “Lovin’ All Night,” from last year’s acoustic/electric hybrid On Your Way Home. Loveless plays with Diamond Rio at 8 p.m. at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. (703) 218-6500. $22–$36. (Steve Kiviat)

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