Connie Smith - Long Line of Heartaches

There are country singers and then there is Connie Smith. Intriqued? Never heard of the Grand Ole Opry star? Read on to find out what we have to say about Long Line of Heartaches, only her second album released in the last 33 years!

A star of the 1960s and 1970s who once bristled at recording “Nashville sound” recordings because she was a ‘country’ singer and not a pop singer, Connie has recorded a grand total of two albums in my lifetime (almost 33 years) but the good thing for us is that she’s just released Long Line of Heartaches, her first for an indie label, albeit the EMI-distributed giant Sugar Hill Records. 

There’s not a bad track on the record and Connie sings country songs with a four-piece band she’s dubbed The Sundowners. Husband Marty Stuart (also a Sugar Hill Records artist) co-wrote five of the tunes with Connie while the other seven songs come from the mighty pens of songwriters like Kostas, Harlan Howard, Johnny Russell, Dallas Frazier, Patty Loveless, and Bill Rice. Quite simply, there’s not a bad record on the record with torch ballad “That Makes Two Of Us” and the title track “Long Line of Heartaches” but two of the best tracks on the record.

Another track, “You And Me” (listen) is a honky tonk delight as is the sparkling “Pain of a Broken Heart.” The themes discussed on Long Line of Heartaches are about the various scenarios of the human’s biggest condition: falling in and out of love.

I could continue to go on and on with why this record stands out as one of 2011’s best releases but that would be giving away too much. If you love country music that is classic yet modern sounding, you need to run out and buy the album (though we’d kindly thank you if you picked up the record via our Amazon links below)!

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