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Mandy Barnett Releasing ‘Sweet Dreams’ on Opry Music Label

Erika Goldring, FilmMagic

Mandy Barnett returns to the fabled Ryman Auditorium stage to portray the legendary Patsy Cline in the hugely successful ‘Always … Patsy Cline.’ In conjunction with her return to the musical production, on May 24, the singer is releasing ‘Sweet Dreams’ on the Opry Music imprint.

In addition to Patsy Cline signature songs such as ‘Crazy,’ ‘I Fall to Pieces,’ and ‘Walkin’ After Midnight,’ the album includes Mandy’s versions of other Patsy hits such as ‘She’s Got You’ and ‘Faded Love,’ along with pop standards such as ‘Always’ and ‘Strange.’ This year marks the 50th anniversary of the release of ‘Crazy,’ which was written by Willie Nelson.

Many of the songs from the new album will be featured in ‘Always … Pasty Cline,’ which is scheduled to run Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from June 17 to July 24 at the Ryman. Reprising her role of Louise Seger, Patsy’s most devoted fan, is Tere Myers. Ted Swindley, creator and original director of the production returns to direct.

‘Always … Patsy Cline’ features more than 20 of the Country Music Hall of Fame member’s most legendary tunes. Patsy Cline died in a plane crash in March 1963. She was 30 years old. ‘Sweet Dreams’ was her first posthumous hit, reaching both the country and pop charts.

In addition to frequent guest appearances on the Grand Ole Opry, Mandy paired with Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores and Rounder Records for the 2010 Cracker Barrel-exclusive holiday disc, ‘Winter Wonderland.’

‘Sweet Dreams’ will be released May 24. Tickets for ‘Always … Patsy Cline’ are on sale now and available at the Ryman box office and website, the Grand Ole Opry House box office or by calling 615-889-3600. A special package including a copy of ‘Sweet Dreams’ and a ticket to the stage show is also available.

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