“You Can Feel Bad”, a song written by Matraca Berg and Tim Krekel, was recorded by Patty Loveless in September 1995 at Woodland Sound Studio, 1011 Woodland St., Nashville, TN. At the recording session for the album, Patty was accompanied by: Biff Watson (guitar), Steve Gibson (guitar), Brent Mason (guitar), Tom Britt (guitar), Jerry Douglas (dobro, fiddle and mandolin), Paul Franklin (steel), Dan Dugmore (steel-2 and lap steel-3), Jerry Douglas (lap steel-4), Lonnie Wilson (drums exc-1), Craig Krampf (drums-1), John Hobbs, Mike Lawler and Mike Rojas (keyboards), Butch Lee (Hammond B-3), Kathy Burdick, Vince Gill, Liana Mauis, Bonna McElroy, Carmella Ramsey, Dawn Sears, Harry Stinson, Jeff White and Curtis Young (Background vocals). With the production of Emory Gordy Jr., the song was released on December 30, 1995, and on March 23, 1996, peaking at # 1 on the US Hot Country Songs charts for two consecutive weeks, and remaining in the charts a total of 20 weeks. On March 25, 1996, it also peaked at # 1 on the Canada Country Tracks charts. It was the fourth number one in the USA and the third in Canada, in Patty Loveless’ career.
The song was included on Patty’s eighth studio album, The Trouble with the Truth (Epic 1996), the album was released on January 23, 1996, and on February 17, 1996, peaked at # 10 on the charts of US Top Country Albums, and remaining on the charts a total of 88 weeks. On the Canada Country Albums charts, it peaked at # 16. The album was certified platinum in the USA and gold in Canada.