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Picks and Pans Review: Ruby Lovett

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Ruby Lovett

Capable of surging with subtle rock rhythms yet basically an emotional country singer, Lovett (no relation to Lyle) is often reminiscent of Patty Loveless. Now 31, she grew up in Laurel, Miss., singing gospel (she seems more than comfortable performing “When He’s All You’ve Got”) and kept singing while she studied to become an X-ray technologist. She was working in a Nashville hospital when she was signed to a recording contract. Allen Reynolds, Garth Brooks’s producer, took on this debut album, and he and Lovett gathered an eclectic mix of songs, including “True Love Never Dies,” “Little Bitty Crack in His Heart” and “That Train Don’t Stop Here Anymore.” The results suggest that the X-ray business’s loss will soon be country music’s gain. (MCG/Curb)