Crossville's own Mandy Barnett is honoring the influence of Patsy Cline on her music with the release of a new album, Sweet Dreams, released Tuesday.
Barnett is also set to return to the Ryman stage this summer to bring Cline to life in the musical production "Always...Patsy Cline."
"I wanted to do an album of not just Patsy's hits, but also some of the songs of hers that I enjoy singing that aren't part of the show," Barnett said.
The album includes well known hits such as "Crazy," "I Fall To Pieces" and "Faded Love," as well as "Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home," "Always," "Sweet Dreams" and "Have You Ever Been Lonely."
In June, Barnett will return to the role of Patsy Cline in the Ryman Auditorium production of "Always...Patsy Cline," a role she held several times during her career.
There was an original cast recording, however it is now out of print and a new album was needed.
Barnett started singing at five years old and has always exhibited a strong singing voice. And Patsy Cline was an early musical influence.
"I wasn't on the path to portray Patsy," she said. "I had no idea my career would take that turn. But, she was a huge influence on me. I've always been a big fan of her music."
"Always...Patsy Cline" is set to begin June 17 and run for six weeks on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Joining her in the role of Louise Segar, Cline's most devoted fan, will be Tere Myers and creator and original director Ted Swindley will direct.
Barnett said the show was scheduled to return last year but was delayed following the Nashville flood in May 2010. The last time she was in the role of Cline was in 2009.
"It's nice to come back to it," she said. "And, the beauty of Tere and I doing this show is being able to perform where Patsy performed, so there's a historical aspect to it.
"And for us, this was the first show when the Ryman reopened. It's nice to come back to it."
Barnett has released several studio albums, including 2010's "Winter Wonderland," released by Cracker Barrel and Rounder Records. The album includes selections of holiday music. When "Always...Patsy Cline" concludes this summer, she said she is planning some shows for the fall to further promote that album.
"And, I'll also be promoting Patsy," she said. "I always include a number of Patsy's songs in my performances."
"Sweet Dreams," on the Opry Music imprint, is available at the Ryman gift shot, the Opry Shop at the Grand Ole Opry House, Opry Originals on Broadway in downtown Nashville, ryman.com and opry.com, as well as digital music outlets such as iTunes and Amazon.com.
Tickets for “Always…Patsy Cline” are on sale now and available at
the Ryman box office, the Grand Ole Opry House box office, ryman.com or by calling 615-889-
3600. Ticket prices are $29.50 & $36.50. A special package including a copy of “Sweet
Dreams” and a ticket to “Always…Patsy Cline” is available.