Connie Smith – Long Line Of Heartaches (Sugar Hill / EMI Music Canada)

Connie Smith has been making music for almost half a century now. And even though she hasn’t achieved the critical or commercial acclaim of artists like Dolly Parton or Patsy Cline, the fact of the matter is, she is more than deserving of such fame. Produced by fellow country purist Marty Stuart, there is nothing glitzy or overproduced about these dozen tracks. With every note sung sounding as though it comes straight from the heart, Smith’s vocal delivery is impeccable, leaning upon the ideals of country music before it was sadly infiltrated by pop music. With Long Line Of Heartaches, Smith reminds us that country music was good at one point in time.