Dwight Yoakam and Patty Loveless, both from the same small town of Pikeville, Kentucky, were
almost destined to record a duet together. This song is Patty's
first full-fledged duet, but unfortuanately it did not get the kind
of high praise that it should have for two of country music's
hottest new acts. Both artists were still struggling to
find their niche and to be able to sing the kind of songs that they
both grew up on and enjoyed.
Dwight and Patty teamed to sing this duet in the summer of 1990, but
the single wasn't released until 1992. The song is a true country
classic with lots of fiddles and steel guitars and is reminiscent of
songs from years past. It's release in August of 1992 came as a follow
up to another one of Patty's lost hits, "Can't Stop Myself From
Loving You", a song of similar style that was slipping off the charts
after peaking at #20 a few weeks earlier. It charted from the low 60's,
peaking at #47 before leaving the Billboard charts in mid-October.
"Send A Message To My Heart" - like "Can't Stop Myself From Loving You" -
probably didn't receive the airplay it truly deserved because it was a bit
too 'twangy' for the radio stations. During the summer, radio tends to cater
to younger listeners who generally prefer uptempo songs over ballads. In addition, the record wasn't
released by MCA or Sony, Patty's new record company at the time. And
it just didn't get much promotion from WEA/Warner, Dwight's label.
This was the last single released before Patty had her throat surgery.
The operation did alter her voice, which, over the years has developed
into a deeper, fuller sound which is quite evident in her
new releases such as "Can't Get Enough" and "I Just Want To Be Loved
By You." If you listen to "Send A Message To My Heart" then listen to
her new releases - ten years later - the difference is remarkable. The axiom "they don't
make 'em like that any more" really holds true in that regard.
One trivia note is that the flip-side of the 45 record, is
"Takes A Lot To Rock You" which was originally made for MTV! The
video was too controversial for country outlets such as CMT or TNN.
Album: If There Was A Way
Artist: Dwight Yoakam
Label: WEA/Warner Brothers
Personnel: Dwight Yoakam (vocals, acoustic guitar); Dean Parks (acoustic guitar); Pete Anderson (electric & baritone guitars); Don Reed (fiddle); Scott Joss (fiddle, mandolin); Tim O'Brien (mandolin); Tom Brumley (steel guitar); Al Perkins (banjo, dobro, lap steel guitar); Skip Edwards (keyboards); Chuck Domanico (acoustic bass); Tara Prodaniuk (bass); Jeff Donavan (drums); Lenny Castro (percussion); Tim O'Brien, Tommy Funderburk, Jim Lauderdale, Emily Saliers, Amy Ray (background vocals).
Special Guest: Patty Loveless duet vocal with 'Send A Message To My Heart'
Roger Miller background vocal with 'It Only Hurts When I Cry'
This was the last album Dwight released on vinyl; however, the vinyl albums were only available through the BMG Record Club.