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Singers Have A Ball On Album Dedicated To 'Honky Tonk Girl' Loretta Lynn
Frederick Breedon/FilmMagic Loretta Lynn (middle) performs onstage at the CMAs in Novemner. Sheryl Crow (left) and Miranda Lambert sang with her
Tribute compilations rarely do anybody justice. Recorded by disparate
artists under disparate circumstances, they're inconsistent by
definition. But every now and then one jells like Coal Miner's Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn. The title track is sung by Miranda Lambert, then Sheryl Crow and Loretta Lynn herself.
occasion of this 12-track collection is the 50th anniversary of Lynn's
first record and first hit, "I'm a Honky Tonk Girl." In 1960, her sound
was pretty hayseed by the standards of the time, even those of country
On the tribute record, however, Lee Ann Womack
takes the same milestone song just a little harder and more country ó
the ornamentation is more pronounced, the accent a touch thicker.
all the women here go for such slight exaggerations, which reminds us
of what Loretta Lynn achieved for so many of the female country singers
whose career paths followed hers: the freedom to make hay off the speech
and sounds they grew up with, stylizing them and reveling in them. On
my favorite example, Oklahoma-born American Idol winner Carrie Underwood covers Lynn's "You're Looking at Country."
if Underwood is pushing it a little, she's also having a ball. So are a
whole bunch of female singers who want the world to know how much they
owe the honky tonk girl ó Gretchen Wilson, Allison Moorer, Reba McEntire, Martina McBride. Duet partners Alan Jackson and Steve Earle let loose too.
By comparison, White StripeJack White sounds slightly out of place even though was he the one who reignited Lynn's late career by arranging and producing her Van Lear Rose in 2004. Coal Miner's Daughter
is for country's ladies, including hard-rocking Tennessee pop idol
Hayley Williams of Paramore, who fits right in just singing and
strumming an acoustic guitar.
2010 Rewind: No. 10 ó Loretta Lynnís 50th Leads Legends
Loretta Lynn photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.
It was quite a year for the Coal Minerís Daughter ó 2010 marked the 50th anniversary of Loretta Lynnís
emergence as a national star, and she was honored in a slew of ways,
including parties, awards and a tribute album by some of todayís top
Loretta was joined by several other legends as 2010 honorees, including Merle Haggard, Jimmy Dean and now Dolly Parton.
The recognition paid to the genreís pioneering acts represents the No.
10 entry in our countdown of country musicís dozen top stories of the
Lorettaís first single, ďIím A Honky Tonk Girl,Ē came out in 1960,
and it seemed like every few months during 2010, the music business
found some way to pay homage to her impact. Early in the year, she was
accorded a Lifetime Achievement Grammy, though she was unable to attend
the Los Angeles ceremony. ďCoal Minerís DaughterĒ was added to the
National Recording Registry, she was saluted with an anniversary party
at her Tennessee home, she was celebrated with a Reba McEntire-hosted Recording Academy Salute at the Ryman Auditorium, and a bunch of her classics were remade in the album Coal Minerís Daughter: A Tribute To Loretta Lynn.
That latter project brought Loretta the opportunity to sing the title track with Miranda Lambert and Sheryl Crow on the Country Music Association Awards. The album also features Lee Ann Womack, Kid Rock, the White Stripes, Alan Jackson and Carrie Underwood,
among others. Loretta hand-picked all of the contributors ó
appropriate, because sheís not one of those veteran stars who dislikes
newer versions of country music.
ďI love the old country music, donít get
me wrong,Ē she says. ďBut I love the pop-flavored country songs that
they come out with, too. I like the polished country music that they do
today. Iím not sayiní I can do it, but I love it. I love the old
country, and I love the new.Ē
A "Coal Miner's Daughter" sings for America
Image of Loretta Lynn (image by nesster (by:cc))
Loretta Lynn's "Coal Miner's Daughter" gave a voice to marginalized Americans.
This story was originally covered by PRI's Studio360. For more, listen to the audio above.
In 1970, a country song about growing up in hard times in the in the
Appalachian Mountains hit number one on Billboard's country music
charts. The success of "Coal Miner's Daughter," by Loretta Lynn was a
surprise, even to her. "You wouldn't think that anybody else would be
interested in your life that much, you know?" Lynn says, recalling the
success of this autobiographical tune. While she was skeptical about the
song's audience because, "there ain't that many coal miner's
Songwriter/producer Jack White of The White Stripes, told PRI's
Studio 360 that the song had a much broader appeal. To him, "Coal
Miner's Daughter" is the story of unrepresented Americans. "She is
telling the tale that a million other Appalachian American people never
got to tell about their own life story, and how beautiful of a thing
when someone who is in a position of power can relate a story for people
who don't have a voice."
Musician Harold Ray Bradley describes Lynn's song another way: "When I hear Loretta singing, I hear America singing."
With songs like "The Pill," and "One's on the Way," Loretta Lynn
broke ground by speaking honestly from a woman's perspective. White sees
Lynn as the "ultimate feminist songwriter." "She told me 14 of her
songs had been banned by country radio over the years," White says. "And
you know if you have your music banned, it's probably got some deeper
At the song's end, Lynn sings about her childhood home, which has
crumbled away. This year, the Library of Congress added "Coal Miner's
Daughter" to the National Recording Registry, ensuring that the memories
of an American childhood are permanently preserved.
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Loretta Lynn reflects on 50 years in country music
PETER COOPER: half-century ago, Loretta Lynn was driving cross-country with husband Mooney ďDoolittleĒ Lynn, handing records to disc jockeys and hoping to get some airplay.
In this anniversary year, tributes to Lynn have flowed, with a Grammy Salute at the Ryman Auditorium, the re-release of her Coal Minerís Daughter autobiography and a new, multi-artist album called Coal Minerís Daughter: A Tribute To Loretta Lynn.
Lynn spoke with The Tennessean from her home in Hurricane Mills.
Fifty years is a long time to stay in the music spotlight. What was your life like when you began trying to carve out a career?
"For one thing, I had four kids in school when I started singing,
and back in them days I didnít have a washing machine or any of that.
"I was scared to death about singing, but I wasnít going to let that
stop me. My husband, Doolittle, believed in me, so I had to do it. He
told me I could sing, and I couldnít let him down. So Iíd sing and Iíd
rock them babies.
"The first songs I wrote that got recorded were 'Honky Tonk Girl' and
'Whispering Sea,' and I wrote them in the same day, sitting outside by
the toilet, on a $17 guitar that couldnít stay in tune. I remember
writing those two songs and not ever thinking anybody would hear them.
Six months later, I was on a little record label, going across the
country with Doolittle."
You were taking your records to little radio stations and
handing them to disc jockeys on that cross-country trip. It wound up
working, since they played the records, and eventually people in
Nashville paid attention. What if it hadnít worked?
"I never even thought of it not working. And the more it became obvious that it was helping, the harder I worked at it."
Did you like the early songs you wrote?
"I didnít know any better, so I thought it was great. I didnít know that it wasnít. I tried to sing like Kitty Wells
at first, because I love Kitty Wells, but everything Iíve ever written
was about me. I had to put my heart and soul into all of them. Iíd close
my eyes and go through it in my mind. You know, youíve got to close
your eyes when youíre a writer. You need to get to yourself, and get
People all think of you as being from a place called Butcher
Holler, Ky., but in fact there was no such thing as Butcher Holler until
you named it that in the song ďCoal Minerís Daughter,Ē which came out
"I was the first one that called it 'Butcher Holler.' It didnít
sound right to sing 'Webb Holler,' which is what it was called. My
grandma was a Butcher and my grandpa was a Webb, and there were as many
Butchers as Webbs up there. But itís Butcher Holler now, ever since that
song. Theyíve got signs that point you to Butcher Holler."
In ďCoal Minerís Daughter,Ē you sing, ďI never thought of
ever leaving Butcher Holler.Ē You left at age 13, after you married
Doolittle. Did you ever regret moving away?
"Never once did I regret moving. I loved being there, but it was not
easy. I was the one that had to make sure the water was in the house at
night, and in the wintertime it was so cold that the water would
freeze. Our toilet was way out behind the barn at that time. It was
rough, but it makes a better person out of you. When you do have
something, you appreciate it a little more."
At this point, you have a lot. And thereís a new tribute
album with other singers paying their respects. What does that album
mean to you?
"When I heard about it, I thought, ĎGosh, people still love me.í Ē
Surely you knew that.
"Itís nice to know they remember you. And everybody sang the songs
they wanted to sing. I love the way Kid Rock did 'I Know How.' I cut it
real slow, and he changed it up and did something that was great. And
the one little girl, the rock singer, Hayley (Williams) from Paramore,
she did 'You Ainít Woman Enough (To Take My Man)' just with rhythm
guitar and her voice, and itís something else. I love all of it."
What was the hardest time in your career?
"Probably when Doolittle got sick, that was the most difficult time.
I didnít hit the road hardly for six years. I hung everything up and
took care of him, and nothing else mattered. I stayed with him until he
passed away (in 1996), and then I moved away from the farm and started
spending more time in Nashville, thinking that would help."
Did it help?
"No. I think Jack White
was the big help. He came in and kind of jerked me around a little bit,
saying, 'You need to do this and this.' And I didnít want to let him
down, and I kind of jumped right back in. When someone believes in you
enough to set aside what theyíre doing and help you, you want to come
through for them.
The album you did with Jack, Van Lear Rose, was a
Grammy winner in 2005, and you havenít had an album since then. I
understand youíve been working in the studio this year, though.
"Iíve been recording with John Carter Cash,
and we have enough recorded for three albums to come out: a religious
album, an album of my greatest hits and an album of new stuff. But Iím
not through recording, and Iím getting back into writing. Last year, I
wrote a lot with Shawn Camp, who is one of the greatest writers in Nashville. Heís so good and country and wise."
ďTalentedĒ and ďcountryĒ arenít hard to come by around here. ďWise,Ē thatís something else.
"I think thatís one of the doggone keys to everything, is being
wise. If youíre not wise a little bit, youíre going to let everything
pass you by. If you use your common sense, you get along a lot better.
Iím not putting down school, but common sense can be a lot better than
being a college graduate."
Are they woman (or man) enough to take on Loretta Lynn?
When theyíre looking at her, theyíre looking at country. On the new album Coal Minerís Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn, a parade of star singers tip their 10-gallons to the sassy singer from Butcher Hollow.
Celebrating her 50 years as a recording artist, Loretta Lynn walks us
through the new record, commenting on the dozen tracks that represent
her broad influence and chart-topping career.
GMC Salutes Loretta Lynn
GMC Salutes Loretta Lynn's 50 Inspiring Years as a Recording Artist with Airing of Coal Miner's Daughter on Sunday, November 14
GMC, America's favorite channel for uplifting music and family
entertainment, will celebrate Loretta Lynn's 50 years as a recording
artist with a special airing of the biopic film on her life, Coal
Miner's Daughter, on Sunday, Nov. 14 at 7pm ET with an encore at 9:30 pm
ET. The film chronicles Lynn's inspiring rise from an impoverished
childhood in Kentucky to the pinnacle of the country/western music
The 1980 film garnered seven Oscar nominations, including
one for Best Picture, and an Oscar win for Sissy Spacek as Best Actress
for her portrayal of the country and western legend. Tommy Lee Jones
On Set with Sheryl Crow, Loretta Lynn & Miranda Lambert
Loretta Lynn & Miranda Lambert
Sheryl Crow went in to the studio for a very special tribute to a music icon.
ET is with the singer while she shoots a video for her new single that pairs her with country legend Loretta Lynn for the November 9 release of Coal Miner's Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn.
a songwriter, she liberated us," Sheryl says of Loretta. "She gave us
carte blanche to write about everything. She's the godmother of us all."
a personal note, she gushed about getting to spend the day with one of
her idols, saying, "It's an honor to be here and it's a blast! It's so
much fun to hang out with her. The stories and how generous she is ...
It's just wonderful."
The title track and first single, "Coal Miner's Daughter," features Loretta, Sheryl, and Miranda Lambert.
love both these women," Miranda tells ET. "They're huge influences to
me, so I'm just like dang glad to be here. This is a good day."
chimes in on the love fest, saying, "I love these girls. I've known
Sheryl for a long time in my life and when I first met her, I fell in
love with her. I just thought she was great."
The album features
an all-star group of artists personally chosen by Loretta to sing a
dozen of her classic songs, including some of her award-winning duets
with Conway Twitty.
Loretta Lynn talks with Chapter 16 about the reissue of her bestselling memoir fifty years after her first single hit the charts by Margaret Renkl UNCUT VERSION of Interview
Loretta Lynn was born in an Appalachian
coal-mining community so far from the rhinestones of Nashville there
wasn‚Äôt so much as a dirt road for getting down the mountain. People
entered Butcher Holler, Kentucky, by way of a footpath, and they almost
Loretta did, of course‚ÄĒan exit she credits to her late husband,
Oliver Lynn (known to the world as ‚ÄúDoolittle‚ÄĚ or ‚ÄúDoo‚ÄĚ), whom she
married at thirteen. Loretta was still a teenager when Doolittle bought
her a guitar for their anniversary, telling her he liked the way she
sang to their babies (four by the time Loretta was eighteen). Doolittle
was also the one who took Loretta to her first honky tonk and talked the
band into giving her a turn on stage.
But Loretta was the one who sang. And Loretta was the one who started
writing the songs that spoke to so many women: poor, entirely at the
mercy of their husbands, and covered up with babies. She has said she
never considered herself part of the women‚Äôs movement. Nevertheless,
when she sang, in her then-scandalous 1975 hit, ‚ÄúThe Pill,‚ÄĚ that birth
control would let her trade her ‚Äúold maternity dress‚ÄĚ for ‚Äúminiskirts,
hotpants and a few little fancy frills,‚ÄĚ her frankness about women‚Äôs
changing roles had the force of truth
spoken to power.
1960, she had cut her first single, ‚ÄúI‚Äôm a Honky Tonk Girl,‚ÄĚ leaving
the kids with her mother and living in the car while she and Doo visited
every country-music station they could get to, personally appealing to
the disc jockeys to get the record played.
Fifty years later, Loretta Lynn has piled up an Appalachian
mountain‚Äôs worth of milestones and honors. She has four Grammy awards,
sixteen number-one singles, and fifty-one Top Ten hits to her credit,
and in 1967 she became the Country Music Association‚Äôs first female
Vocalist of the Year. In 1972 she hit another milestone, becoming the
CMA‚Äôs first female Entertainer of the Year. In 1976, her memoir, Coal Miner‚Äôs Daughter,
became a bestselling book; in 1980, Sissy Spacek‚Äôs Oscar-winning
performance in the lead role introduced Loretta Lynn‚ÄĒand country
music‚ÄĒto an audience far outside the reach of WSM Radio. Six years ago,
Lynn recorded the critically acclaimed CD, Van Lear Rose, with rocker Jack White of the White Stripes, further expanding her reach and cementing her success as a music legend.
In person, she has the disarming habit of treating every person she
talks to like a long-lost friend, even interviewers she's never met
before. Loretta Lynn recently spoke by phone with Chapter 16 about the
re-release of Coal Miner‚Äôs Daughter and about a new CD called Loretta Lynn: A Tribute to a Coal Miner‚Äôs Daughter,
arriving November 9, that features today‚Äôs country stars‚ÄĒGretchen
Wilson, Lee Ann Womack, Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill, Martina McBride,
among others‚ÄĒcovering her groundbreaking work.
Chapter 16: A lot of people credit Coal Miner‚Äôs Daughter
with bringing country music to a larger audience. When you sat down to
write the book, did you have any inkling of the impact it would have?
Lynn: I had no idea that anyone would care whether I come from
Kentucky, or whether I was born in Kentucky, or whether I was singing
or not. I had no idea that anybody would care. I was really shocked when
it become one of the bestselling books. It was just a plain little old
common book. I didn‚Äôt think it amounted to that much, and here it was
number one and stayed number one for quite a while.
Chapter 16: What do you think it is that people are responding to in your story?
"Miranda probably says it best. She says, 'Loretta knocked the doors down so we can go through.'‚ÄĚ
Lynn: I think everybody is just about like me. We‚Äôre all
alike. I think that‚Äôs what made it so big. Everybody‚Äôs doing the same
thing. It wasn‚Äôt over nobody‚Äôs head. It just got down to the brass
tacks. And I think that‚Äôs why it‚Äôs so big.
Chapter 16: So you still have people coming up to you with their dog-eared copies of the book and asking you to autograph it?
Lynn: Yes, honey: every night that I‚Äôm working. They‚Äôll catch
me when I get off the bus to go in; they‚Äôll start holding them books up
and shaking ‚Äėem. And they have the second book, too. It‚Äôs really neat
how country music fans are. When they‚Äôre with you, they‚Äôre with you. I
kind of think that country-music fans are even more‚Ä¶they care more than
Chapter 16: I just read your new introduction to the re-release of Coal Miner‚Äôs Daughter, and you explain that you hand-picked Sissy Spacek for the lead role in the movie.
Lynn: Sissy Spacek, she was the only one that I picked. And I
thought that Levon Helm done a great job as my daddy‚ÄĒlooked just like
him. And you know I couldn‚Äôt watch the movie because of that. I seen it
the one time, and now I try to dodge it because it brings back so many
Chapter 16: It‚Äôs harder for you to watch the film than it was to write the book?
Lynn: Yeah, because it goes much deeper in bad things. I mean, we had nothing when we were growing up.
Chapter 16: Whose idea was it to write this book?
Lynn: I think mine. Believe it or not.
Chapter 16: So you wrote the song first and later realized there was much more left to tell?
Lynn: Right. Because the [recorded version of the song] was
only six verses, and I had six verses more. And Owen Bradley says,
‚ÄúLoretta, get in the other room there and take six verses off of that
song. There‚Äôs already been one ‚ÄėEl Paso,‚Äô and they‚Äôll never be another
one.‚ÄĚ And I don‚Äôt know what ‚ÄúEl Paso‚ÄĚ had to do with it, but I imagine
it had a lot more verses to it, don‚Äôt you? I thought maybe I‚Äôd try to
listen to that song once I get aholt of it. I don‚Äôt know how to get ‚ÄúEl
Paso‚ÄĚ unless you get the Best of Marty Robbins, because he‚Äôs the one
that had it out.
Chapter 16: Have you ever recorded the longer version of the song?
Lynn: No, I haven‚Äôt. I took ‚Äėem off. I don‚Äôt know what I did
with the six verses, and I can‚Äôt find ‚Äėem. I thought I‚Äôd go back in and
I‚Äôll re-cut this thing. I guess I could go ahead and write six more
verses. It won‚Äôt be hard to do. But I don‚Äôt remember exactly how they
went. I remember some of it, but not much.
Chapter 16: You mentioned how hard it is for you to watch the movie. How hard was it to write the book?
Lynn: There would be days it would bother me. It would be
according to what we were talking about that day. You know me and Sissy
kind of hung together for a year. I kind of stayed with her and made
sure that everything was pretty well done like it was supposed to be. I
think Sissy had a hard time too because there‚Äôd be days where she‚Äôd
start to cry, and they‚Äôd call me on the road and say, ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre having a
hard time with Sissy today. She‚Äôs been crying all day, can you call
her?‚ÄĚ And I would call her. I don‚Äôt get to see her much anymore because
she‚Äôs so busy you know. She come down one day last year, and we did
pictures all day long for something that she was doing. I love Sissy,
and she knows she can call on me at any time. And I can call on her any
time. It‚Äôs just one of them things.
Chapter 16: She did an absolutely unbelievable job.
She did. She really did. And it really bothered her when she‚Äôd start
to‚Ä¶. She knew a lot of the stories that went deeper. I think that‚Äôs why
she‚Äôd start to cry. She‚Äôd start to remember what we were talking about.
Chapter 16: You‚Äôve written now two memoirs and
almost countless songs. Is there a difference between writing a song and
writing a life story?
Lynn: Yes, ‚Äėcause the life story you pretty well have to hang
to the truth. I mean you don‚Äôt want to overdo it or under-do it because
it‚Äôll be too emotional if you overdo it, and then if you under-do it
you‚Äôre not going to get that emotion that you need. It‚Äôs kind of hard
when you‚Äôre writing the truth down. If you‚Äôre just making things up, I
mean, who cares?
Chapter 16: So your songs are primarily made up?
Lynn: With every song I‚Äôve ever written, there‚Äôs a part of me
in it. Of course, I‚Äôm not going to say what all they were ‚Äėcause it
would be hard to even do that, but I know there‚Äôs a part of me in every
song I‚Äôve wrote, if it‚Äôs just half a line.
Chapter 16: In the new introduction to Coal Miner‚Äôs Daughter, you mention that you have a writing room beside your house. Could you describe that for me?
Lynn: Tim Cobb kind of set it up. He‚Äôs the one that makes all
my gowns and stuff. He tries to do stuff like that to help me out, and
he fixed up the little writing room ‚Äėcause he knew that I like to go out
there and write. I can‚Äôt write around anybody. It has to be whoever I‚Äôm
writing with or be by myself. So he set up the writing room, and Sheryl
[Crow] used the writing room the whole time she was here. And Miranda
[Lambert] had her bus, so we all three had a place to run to when we got
tired of each other. They did ‚ÄúCoal Miner‚Äôs Daughter‚ÄĚ with me‚Äď‚Äďon the
Chapter 16: Is your writing room a separate little cabin?
Lynn: Yeah, it‚Äôs two rooms. They‚Äôre pretty big rooms, and it‚Äôs a separate thing from the house, so that‚Äôs good too.
Chapter 16: Does it have a computer, or do you still write by hand?
Lynn: All by hand. Little Shawn Camp, he writes with me a lot,
and he just called a while ago. Left a message: ‚ÄúHey, Loretta. It‚Äôs
about time you called me, you know. We need to get back into writing.‚ÄĚ
So I‚Äôve got to give him a call and tell him to ‚Äúget back over here,
then, if we‚Äôre gonna write.‚ÄĚ
Chapter 16: Are you working on new songs right now?
"I had no idea that anybody would
care. I was really shocked when it become one of the bestselling books.
It was just a plain little old common book. I didn‚Äôt think it amounted
to that much, and here it was number one and stayed number one for quite
Lynn: Yeah, I‚Äôm working on new songs, and that‚Äôs what I‚Äôm
wanting to do‚ÄĒsome more new stuff. I‚Äôve got a religious album, and I‚Äôm
working on a Christmas album. So me and Shawn need to finish up some of
the Christmas songs to get them down.
Chapter 16: In Coal Miner‚Äôs Daughter,
you write that you would sometimes check into a hotel, even when you
were back in town, because it was so hard to come home for only a day or
two between road trips.
Lynn: Used to, I might be working three weeks and home one
day. And this went on for forty years. And people say, ‚ÄúWhy are you
working so hard?‚ÄĚ Well, I worked hard because I had to. I had a big
family, and my husband was a mechanic. He didn‚Äôt make enough money doing
mechanic work to pay the rent, let alone anything else. So it was rough
for us. Yeah, I tried to do everything I could to make it better for
Chapter 16: How big is your family now?
Lynn: Twenty-one grandkids. I think there‚Äôs two or three
great-grandkids. I‚Äôm not sure, but there might be a couple. I don‚Äôt want
to even talk about it. Then I‚Äôd have ‚Äėem all here to dinner tomorrow.
And that happens, too.
Chapter 16: They all live nearby?
Lynn: Yeah. And you know it‚Äôs funny because most of them sing.
Tayla Lynn, my little granddaughter, she sings. She‚Äôs on the road with a
couple other girls [as part of the country trio Stealing Angels].
Chapter 16: I wanted to talk to you a little bit
about how things have changed in the business and in town. When you came
to Nashville in 1961, your first single, ‚ÄúHonky Tonk Girl,‚ÄĚ was already
on the charts. Do you think a song like that‚ÄĒor a singer like you‚ÄĒwould
have the same reception today?
Lynn: I think so. There‚Äôs not that much going on out there to this day.
Chapter 16: It‚Äôs universal.
Lynn: I think so. Country music gets out a lot better now because of TV. They have the MTV thing, and that helped.
Chapter 16: You‚Äôre talking about Country Music Television?
Lynn: Yeah, that helped a lot. But there‚Äôs another one [GAC]
that plays country music all day long and they‚Äôre doing a great job, I
Chapter 16: What‚Äôs the biggest difference between Nashville now and Nashville when you got here?
Lynn: Well, it‚Äôs more open to country music now than it was.
It was kind of like a hush-hush thing when I come to Nashville. I
couldn‚Äôt believe it. They wasn‚Äôt no country music hardly at all being
played. The Opry was being played; Patsy [Cline] was being played, but
Patsy was never real country, and there were very few [others being
played on the radio.] Jim Reeves was one of the guys, and Sonny James‚ÄĒI
worked with both of them. When we first started, I was in there with
‚Äėem. Jim Reeves borrowed my guitar for one of the shows one day. His got
busted. He was doing a movie, and his guitar got busted so he borrowed
mine. Doolittle was traveling with me at the time, and he looked over at
Doo, and he said, ‚ÄúDoo, why don‚Äôt you buy that girl a guit-tar.‚ÄĚ He
couldn‚Äôt keep it tuned; he couldn‚Äôt hardly sing with it, so I thought it
Chapter 16: Did you get a new guitar?
Lynn: Well, I got a new one later on, but not right then. We had to wait till we got enough money to do that.
Chapter 16: You really started your own success by visiting radio stations in person.
Lynn: Radio stations and radio stations. And today, I still
talk to [the DJs] on the phone. And if I‚Äôm in the town and I‚Äôve got the
time, I stop and see ‚Äėem now.
Chapter 16: I‚Äôve heard Taylor Swift started in a similar way, going door to door on Music Row.
Lynn: Oh, did she?
Chapter 16: Do you see yourself in any of the young female country artists today?
Lynn: Miranda [Lambert] reminds me a lot of me. She probably
reminds me of me because she likes the honky-tonk songs, and you can‚Äôt
go wrong with a honky-tonk song.
Chapter 16: She‚Äôs on your new record.
Lynn: Yeah, she is. The day that they come down here to work
with me, all day long we were so busy recording ‚ÄúCoal Miner‚Äôs Daughter,‚ÄĚ
all three of us; that was quite a lot of work. I ended up working till
about nine o‚Äôclock that night. We put in a hard day‚Äôs work that day.
Chapter 16: And you didn‚Äôt have a chance to just
chat about what the business is like for them and whether it‚Äôs any
different from your own experience as a young artist?
We never had a chance to do any chatting. I think all three of us knew
what the other one was thinking, and they knew that I loved ‚Äėem for what
they were doing. I appreciated that so much. And Kid Rock did that [‚ÄúI
Know How‚ÄĚ]: ‚ÄúYeah, I love her/ like she wants me to/ and I know how.‚Ä¶‚ÄĚ I
cut that, and I cut it real slow and bluesy. Boy, he moved in there and
he‚Ä¶ [sings] ‚ÄúYeah, I love her like she wants me to.‚ÄĚ I mean, he rocked.
It‚Äôs great. He did it the other night on that Grammy show. I just
thought it was great.
Chapter 16: The songs on this record are so
associated with you‚ÄĒnot with just your singing voice, but also with your
life. Is it odd to hear other people covering your songs?
Lynn: Oh, it tickles me to death. I don‚Äôt think it‚Äôs odd
‚Äėcause I cut people‚Äôs songs all my life. I just think it‚Äôs such a great
thing that they cared enough for me to do this. You know, I never
thought people cared about me being in the business almost fifty years
now. And so I just thought it was fantastic that they cared enough that
they even helped me out. That just shows you the country artists. It
shows you the difference [between] the country artist and the rest. I
Chapter 16: I just re-read Coal Miner‚Äôs Daughter,
and one thing you don‚Äôt really spend a lot of time on is how some of
your songs‚ÄĒlike ‚ÄúThe Pill‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúOne on the Way‚ÄĚ‚ÄĒwere considered
controversial. Some of them were even banned from the radio.
Lynn: I didn‚Äôt do it to be controversial. I was just cutting
about real life, and they banned them at the stations, you know? And I
thought, ‚ÄúWhy in the world are they banning them? It‚Äôs going on all the
time.‚ÄĚ I never could understand why they‚Äôd do that. But every time they
banned one, it went number one for me. I didn‚Äôt really have to get out
and spend any money or work with it. They still record my songs. So I‚Äôm
just so thankful. Kid Rock, he sang [‚ÄúI Know How‚ÄĚ] the other night [at
the Grammy Salute to Country Music]. Was you at the show?
Chapter 16: No; I‚Äôm sorry I wasn‚Äôt.
Lynn: Well, what happened, Margaret? You should have hollered, and I could have taken you in.
Chapter 16: I wish you had. That would have been a highlight of my life.
Lynn: If you‚Äôd‚Äôa come out to the bus‚ÄĒI got ready in the bus and everything.
Chapter 16: Next time I‚Äôll try.
Lynn: OK. And when we do shows down here, come down, too. It
won‚Äôt cost you a thing; you just holler for me. Just say, ‚ÄúLoretta told
me to come,‚ÄĚ and that‚Äôs that.
Chapter 16: I‚Äôll look forward to that. I was just
thinking about that song Kid Rock sang the other night: when you first
recorded that song, did you ever consider yourself a little bit ahead of
"Life‚Äôs life, and everybody lives it
the same way. Some of them have a little more money than others; so
what? I don‚Äôt care if you‚Äôve got money or if you‚Äôre poor, you‚Äôre going
to go through life about the same way."
Lynn: I thought, ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs weird that they‚Äôre banning them because
everybody‚Äôs living this.‚ÄĚ I was writing about my life, and everybody
around me was living about the same way. I never could understand why
they‚Äôd do that. I guess it was because they were a little bit‚Ä¶ like they
didn‚Äôt want nobody else to know. That‚Äôs ridiculous. Life‚Äôs life, and
everybody lives it the same way. Some of them have a little more money
than others; so what? Everybody has to live the same way. I don‚Äôt care
if you‚Äôve got money or if you‚Äôre poor, you‚Äôre going to go through life
about the same way.
Chapter 16: Do you think it‚Äôs easier or harder today for a country artist to sing about controversial topics?
Lynn: Oh, it‚Äôs easier. Oh, yes. Because this was fifty years
ago that I was doing it, and I think maybe I knocked down a few of the
doors. Miranda probably says it best. She says, ‚ÄúLoretta knocked the
doors down so we can go through.‚ÄĚ
Chapter 16: Better than just opening the doors‚ÄĒjust flat-out blowing them off the hinges.
Lynn: It‚Äôs true. Where do you live, Margaret? Are you in Nashville?
Chapter 16: I am. I‚Äôm right here in Nashville.
Lynn: Well, great. Then it won‚Äôt be no big deal for us to get together.
Chapter 16: I was hoping your publicists would
let me come out there for this conversation, but I understand that
you‚Äôre just really, really busy.
Lynn: Hey, I didn‚Äôt know that.
Chapter 16: They‚Äôre protecting you, and that‚Äôs their job.
Lynn: Well, protecting me from what?
Chapter 16: Being over-committed.
Lynn: Well, [my daughter] Patsy worries about it, and I told
her, ‚ÄúPatsy, I‚Äôm used to working. I‚Äôve done it all my life; I‚Äôve worked
hard‚Äď‚Äďand I‚Äôd rather work than not work.‚ÄĚ
Chapter 16: You‚Äôve written so many songs about
strong women and women who are able to take a hard situation and somehow
come out on top, and yet were never associated with the women‚Äôs
Lynn: Well, I never had time really. When all this was going
down, I was writing about it, but I never really got to live the way
that‚Ä¶. Like ‚ÄúThe Pill‚ÄĚ: you‚Äôve taken it, and you know that other women
are taking it, so why make a big deal out of it? And ‚ÄúOne‚Äôs On the
Way‚ÄĚ‚ÄĒhow many have one on the way? It‚Äôs just no big deal, and that‚Äôs the
way I felt when we was recording them. And when they‚Äôd hit the
stations, ‚ÄúWell, oh my. One‚Äôs on the way, it‚Äôs gotta be dirty.‚ÄĚ That‚Äôs just what their thinking was.
Chapter 16: I‚Äôm wondering if one of the reasons
you didn‚Äôt necessarily consider yourself a feminist or part of that
crowd is because your songs were doing all that talking for you.
Yeah, I was living through my songs, too. That‚Äôs why they were hits.
Every woman was living through them songs. And I‚Äôve had ‚Äėem holler out
in the middle of my show and tell me all about their life. And sometimes
[they] just stand up and start telling about their life. And that‚Äôs
neat. I think it‚Äôs more personal because I would meet ‚Äėem, and we‚Äôd talk
about the way we had to be living. And not all songs do that.
Chapter 16: You mention in the new introduction to Coal Miner‚Äôs Daughter
that you don‚Äôt even think of them as your fans; you think of them as
your friends. Maybe they think of you as their friend, too.
Lynn: Most of ‚Äėem are, and I can have conversations with ‚Äėem,
no matter if they just come out one time to see me. As long as they know
what I‚Äôve been doing and they‚Äôve been buying the records‚Äď‚Äďwell, we know
each other. I don‚Äôt know their personal lives like they do mine, but I
feel like we‚Äôre close because we‚Äôre talking about people that‚Äôs living
life. And we‚Äôre all the same; we ain‚Äôt no different.
Chapter 16: Is there a song you‚Äôve written that
you wish somebody would cover because it didn‚Äôt get quite the attention
you thought it might or hoped it would?
Lynn: I can‚Äôt think of one right off the top of my head. If I think of one, I‚Äôll call you back. This is awful, ain‚Äôt it?
Chapter 16: I think it‚Äôs a good sign! Your last album, Van Lear Rose, was a huge hit with critics.
Lynn: Jack White did that.
Chapter 16: Do you think you‚Äôll work with him again?
Lynn: I think so. I love Jack White. The first time I ever met
Jack, my manager, Nancy [Russell], brought him down. I don‚Äôt know if
you know Nancy or not.
Chapter 16: I don‚Äôt.
Lynn: She lives in Nashville. And she‚Äôs Alan Jackson‚Äôs
manager, too. She‚Äôs really a sweet person. And she brought Jack down.
That‚Äôs how we met.
Chapter 16: Do you think his involvement with the project brought your work to the attention of a different audience?
Lynn: I think so, because Jack was a rock and roller. And
everywhere I go there‚Äôs people there that knew Jack White that bought
the album but never bought an album of mine. And I think that helped me a
lot. I think Jack White was good for me.
Chapter 16: I think you were good for Jack White, too.
Lynn: Well, we try. We try.
Chapter 16: You‚Äôve written another memoir, Still Woman Enough, and in the new introduction to Coal Miner‚Äôs Daughter, you hint that there might be another film. Is that in the works?
Lynn: I think if I want it to be. I think if I work hard and
want it‚Ä¶really work at it. I wouldn‚Äôt want to just go in and slam one
down and say, ‚ÄúHey, this is another film.‚ÄĚ I‚Äôd want it to be a hit, just
like Coal Miner‚Äôs Daughter.
Chapter 16: I was thinking about you during all this excitement in the news about the miners down in South America.
Lynn: It breaks my heart when I hear stuff like that.
Chapter 16: When you hear about these things on the news, does it take you back home?
Lynn: It takes me right back to seeing Daddy come out of the
coal mine, just covered with coal dust. And then they‚Äôd stop and they‚Äôd
take a bath‚ÄĒthey had bath houses for the miners‚ÄĒand it just took me
right back to seeing Daddy come out of the mines. And Daddy would jump
me for being around where I could see him because he‚Äôd say, ‚ÄúYou know it
might not be me that comes up out of that mine; it might be somebody
that you wouldn‚Äôt want to be around.‚ÄĚ And daddy would jump me. But I
never was afraid. I guess it was a good thing that I wasn‚Äôt afraid
because I don‚Äôt think there was any miners that would hurt me anyway.
Because they were all like Daddy. Yeah, the coal miner‚Äôs daughter
remembers a lot.
Chapter 16: Is there anything I didn‚Äôt ask you that you‚Äôd like to talk about?
Lynn: I wished you hadn‚Äôt-a asked me that. Well, I‚Äôll tell
you, you can call me, or you can call Tim, either one. Tim will be happy
to help you, too. What we can‚Äôt think of right now and you want to know
about it, you just call back. Of course, Tim [Cobb], we‚Äôre so close,
him doing my clothes, my gowns and everything. He has for twenty five
Chapter 16: It‚Äôs a blessing to have somebody like that‚ÄĒsomebody you can trust.
Lynn: It really is. This is the main thing. Somebody that you
can trust and you know ain‚Äôt gonna hurt you in any way. That‚Äôs almost
Lynn: Anytime you want to call me, just pick up the phone.
Chapter 16: I will.
Lynn: You know my number.
Chapter 16: I do.
Lynn: Okay, honey.
Chapter 16: Thank you so much.
Lynn: Well, I love you. Bye, bye.
Still Proud to Be a Coal Miner's Daughter
Loretta Lynn talks about her reissued memoir and her new tribute CD on the 50th anniversary of her first single
by Margaret Renkl &Chapter16.org
Loretta Lynn was born in an Appalachian coal-mining community so far
from the rhinestones of Nashville there wasn't so much as a dirt road
for getting down the mountain. People entered Butcher Holler, Ky., by
way of a footpath, and they almost never left.
Lynn did, of course ‚ÄĒ an exit she credits to her late husband, Oliver
Lynn (known to the world as "Doolittle" or "Doo"), whom she married at
13. Loretta was still a teenager when Doolittle bought her a guitar for
their anniversary, telling her he liked the way she sang to their babies
(four by the time Loretta was 18). Doolittle was also the one who took
Loretta to her first honky-tonk and talked the band into giving her a
But Loretta was the one who sang. And Loretta was the one who started
writing the songs that spoke to so many women: poor, entirely at the
mercy of their husbands, and covered up with babies. She has said she
never considered herself part of the women's movement. Nevertheless,
when she sang, in her then-scandalous 1975 hit "The Pill," that birth
control would let her trade her "old maternity dress" for "miniskirts,
hotpants and a few little fancy frills," her frankness about women's
changing roles had the force of truth spoken to power.
In 1960, she cut her first single, "I'm a Honky Tonk Girl." She left
the kids with her mother and lived in the car, while she and Doo visited
every country station they could reach. They appealed in person to disc
jockeys to get the record played.
Fifty years later, Loretta Lynn has piled up an Appalachian
mountain's worth of milestones and honors. She has four Grammy awards,
16 No. 1 singles, and 51 Top 10 hits to her credit, and in 1967 she
became the Country Music Association's first female Vocalist of the
Year. In 1972 she set another milestone, becoming the CMA's first female
Entertainer of the Year.
In 1976, she released her best-selling memoir, Coal Miner's Daughter.
That led to the 1980 film version, and Sissy Spacek's Oscar-winning
performance in the lead role introduced Loretta Lynn ‚ÄĒ and country music
‚ÄĒ to an audience far beyond WSM Radio. Six years ago, Lynn recorded the
critically acclaimed CD Van Lear Rose with rocker Jack White of the White Stripes, further extending her reach and cementing her success as a music legend.
In person, she has the disarming habit of treating every person she
talks to as a long-lost friend, even interviewers she's never met
before. Loretta Lynn recently spoke by phone about the re-release of the
Coal Miner's Daughter book and about a new CD called Loretta Lynn: A Tribute to a Coal Miner's Daughter,
arriving Nov. 9, that features today's country stars ‚ÄĒ Gretchen Wilson,
Lee Ann Womack, Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill, Martina McBride, among
others ‚ÄĒ covering her groundbreaking work.
Q. A lot of people credit Coal Miner's Daughter with
bringing country music to a larger audience. When you sat down to write
the book, did you have any inkling of the impact it would have?
Loretta Lynn: I had no idea that anyone would care whether I
come from Kentucky, or whether I was born in Kentucky, or whether I was
singing or not. I had no idea that anybody would care. I was really
shocked when it become one of the bestselling books. It was just a plain
little old common book. I didn't think it amounted to that much, and
here it was No. 1 and stayed No. 1 for quite a while.
Q. I just read your new introduction to the re-release of Coal Miner's Daughter, and you explain that you hand-picked Sissy Spacek for the movie.
Sissy Spacek, she was the only one that I picked. And I thought that
Levon Helm done a great job as my daddy ‚ÄĒ looked just like him. And you
know I couldn't watch the movie because of that. I seen it the one time,
and now I try to dodge it because it brings back so many memories.
Q. It's harder for you to watch the film than it was to write the book?
Yeah, because it goes much deeper in bad things. I mean, we had nothing when we were growing up.
Q. Whose idea was it to write this book?
I think mine. Believe it or not.
Q. How hard was it to write?
There would be days it would bother me. It would be according to what
we were talking about that day. You know me and Sissy kind of hung
together for a year. I kind of stayed with her and made sure that
everything was pretty well done like it was supposed to be. I think
Sissy had a hard time too because there'd be days where she'd start to
cry, and they'd call me on the road and say, "We're having a hard time
with Sissy today. She's been crying all day, can you call her?" And I
would call her. I don't get to see her much anymore because she's so
busy, you know. She come down one day last year, and we did pictures all
day long for something that she was doing. I love Sissy, and she knows
she can call on me at any time. And I can call on her any time. It's
just one of them things.
Q. She did an absolutely unbelievable job.
She did. She really did. And it really bothered her when she'd start
to ... she knew a lot of the stories that went deeper. I think that's
why she'd start to cry. She'd start to remember what we were talking
Q. You've written now two memoirs and almost countless songs. Is
there a difference between writing a song and writing a life story?
Yes, 'cause the life story you pretty well have to hang to the truth.
I mean you don't want to overdo it or under-do it because it'll be too
emotional if you overdo it, and then if you underdo it you're not going
to get that emotion that you need. It's kind of hard when you're writing
the truth down. If you're just making things up, I mean, who cares?
Q. So your songs are primarily made up?
With every song I've ever written, there's a part of me in it. Of
course, I'm not going to say what all they were 'cause it would be hard
to even do that, but I know there's a part of me in every song I've
wrote, if it's just half a line.
Q. In the new introduction to Coal Miner's Daughter, you mention that you have a little writing room beside your house. Could you describe that for me?
Tim Cobb kind of set it up. He's the one that makes all my gowns and
stuff. He tries to do stuff like that to help me out, and he fixed up
the little writing room 'cause he knew that I like to go out there and
write. I can't write around anybody. It has to be whoever I'm writing
with or be by myself. So he set up the writing room, and Sheryl [Crow]
used the writing room the whole time she was here. And Miranda [Lambert]
had her bus, so we all three had a place to run to when we got tired of
each other. They did "Coal Miner's Daughter" with me ‚ÄĒ on the new
Q. In Coal Miner's Daughter, you write that you would
sometimes check into a hotel, even when you were back in town, because
it was so hard to come home for only a day or two between road trips.
Used to, I might be working three weeks and home one day. And this
went on for 40 years. And people say, "Why are you working so hard?"
Well, I worked hard because I had to. I had a big family, and my husband
was a mechanic. He didn't make enough money doing mechanic work to pay
the rent, let alone anything else. So it was rough for us. Yeah, I tried
to do everything I could to make it better for the family.
Q. What's the biggest difference between Nashville now and Nashville when you got here?
Well, it's more open to country music now than it was. It was kind of
like a hush-hush thing when I come to Nashville. I couldn't believe it.
They wasn't no country music hardly at all being played. The Opry was
being played; Patsy [Cline] was being played, but Patsy was never real
country, and there were very few [others being played on the radio]. Jim
Reeves was one of the guys, and Sonny James ‚ÄĒ I worked with both of
them. When we first started, I was in there with 'em. Jim Reeves
borrowed my guitar for one of the shows one day. His got busted. He was
doing a movie, and his guitar got busted so he borrowed mine. Doolittle
was traveling with me at the time, and he looked over at Doo, and he
said, "Doo, why don't you buy that girl a guit-tar." He couldn't keep it
tuned; he couldn't hardly sing with it, so I thought it was funny.
Q. You really started your own success by visiting radio stations in person.
Radio stations and radio stations. And today, I still talk to [the
DJs] on the phone. And if I'm in the town and I've got the time, I stop
and see 'em now.
Q. Do you see yourself in any of the young female country artists today?
Miranda [Lambert] reminds me a lot of me. She probably reminds me of
me because she likes the honky-tonk songs, and you can't go wrong with a
Q. She's on your new record.
Yeah, she is. The day that they come down here to work with me, all
day long we were so busy recording "Coal Miner's Daughter," all three of
us; that was quite a lot of work. I ended up working till about 9
o'clock that night. We put in a hard day's work that day.
Q. The songs on this record are so associated with you ‚ÄĒ not with
just your singing voice, but also with your life. Is it odd to hear
other people covering your songs?
Oh, it tickles me to death. I don't think it's odd 'cause I cut
people's songs all my life. I just think it's such a great thing that
they cared enough for me to do this. You know, I never thought people
cared about me being in the business almost 50 years now. And so I just
thought it was fantastic that they cared enough that they even helped me
out. That just shows you the country artists. It shows you the
difference [between] the country artist and the rest. I think.
Q. I just re-read Coal Miner's Daughter, and one thing you
don't really spend a lot of time on is how some of your songs ‚ÄĒ like
"The Pill" and "One on the Way" ‚ÄĒ were considered controversial. Some of
them were even banned from the radio.
I didn't do it to be controversial. I was just cutting about real
life, and they banned them at the stations, you know? And I thought,
"Why in the world are they banning them? It's going on all the time." I
never could understand why they'd do that. But every time they banned
one, it went No. 1 for me. I didn't really have to get out and spend any
money or work with it. They still record my songs. So I'm just so
thankful. Kid Rock, he sang ["I Know How"] the other night [at the
Grammy Salute to Country Music]. Was you at the show?
Q. No, I'm sorry I wasn't.
Well, what happened, Margaret? You should have hollered, and I could have taken you in.
Q. I wish you had. That would have been a highlight of my life.
If you'd'a come out to the bus ‚ÄĒ I got ready in the bus and everything.
Q. Next time I'll try.
OK. And when we do shows down here, come down, too. It won't cost you
a thing; you just holler for me. Just say, "Loretta told me to come,"
and that's that.
Q. I'll look forward to that. Thinking about that song Kid Rock
sang the other night: When you first recorded that song, did you ever
consider yourself a little bit ahead of your time?
I thought, "It's weird that they're banning them because everybody's
living this." I was writing about my life, and everybody around me was
living about the same way. I never could understand why they'd do that. I
guess it was because they were a little bit ... like they didn't want
nobody else to know. That's ridiculous. Life's life, and everybody lives
it the same way. Some of them have a little more money than others; so
what? Everybody has to live the same way. I don't care if you've got
money or if you're poor, you're going to go through life about the same
Q. Do you think it's easier or harder today for a country artist to sing about controversial topics?
Oh, it's easier. Oh, yes. Because this was 50 years ago that I was
doing it, and I think maybe I knocked down a few of the doors. Miranda
probably says it best. She says, "Loretta knocked the doors down so we
can go through."
Q. You've written so many songs about strong women and women who
are able to take a hard situation and somehow come out on top, and yet
were never associated with the women's movement.
Well, I never had time really. When all this was going down, I was
writing about it, but I never really got to live the way that. ... Like
"The Pill," you've taken it, and you know that other women are taking
it, so why make a big deal out of it? And "One's On the Way" ‚ÄĒ how many
have one on the way? It's just no big deal, and that's the way I felt
when we was recording them. And when they'd hit the stations, "Well, oh my. One's on the way, it's gotta be dirty." That's just what their thinking was.
Q. I'm wondering if one of the reasons you didn't necessarily
consider yourself a feminist or part of that crowd is because your songs
were doing all that talking for you.
Yeah, I was living through my songs, too. That's why they were hits.
Every woman was living through them songs. And I've had 'em holler out
in the middle of my show and tell me all about their life. And sometimes
[they] just stand up and start telling about their life. And that's
neat. I think it's more personal because I would meet 'em, and we'd talk
about the way we had to be living. And not all songs do that.
Q. I was thinking about you during all this excitement in the news about the miners down in South America.
It breaks my heart when I hear stuff like that.
Q. When you hear about these things on the news, does it take you back home?
It takes me right back to seeing Daddy come out of the coal mine,
just covered with coal dust. And then they'd stop and they'd take a bath
‚ÄĒ they had bath houses for the miners ‚ÄĒ and it just took me right back
to seeing Daddy come out of the mines. And Daddy would jump me for being
around where I could see him because he'd say, "You know it might not
be me that comes up out of that mine; it might be somebody that you
wouldn't want to be around." And daddy would jump me. But I never was
afraid. I guess it was a good thing that I wasn't afraid because I don't
think there was any miners that would hurt me anyway. Because they were
all like Daddy. Yeah, the coal miner's daughter remembers a lot.
LORETTA LYNN QUEEN OF COUNTRYon the Cover of Country Weekly
Loretta Lynn celebrates her 50th year as a country music star with an all-star party, a new tribute album and a special Grammy salute. In this cover story, Loretta talks about her career, health, songwriting and the new album, which features Miranda Lambert, Alan Jackson, Martina McBride
and many other artists. ďI couldnít believe that so many wanted to sing
on it,Ē she humbly declares. Loretta also adds that she feels healthy
and ready to work. ďI still want to sing,Ē she says. ďIf I can still
sing, thatís what Iíll do.Ē
To learn more, pick up the November 8, 2010 issue of Country Weekly, on newsstands now.
Kid Rock talks about LORETTA
Billboard 2010: You're in town for the Loretta Lynn tribute. What do you respect about her?
She's genuine. When you talk to her, that's Loretta Lynn, that's not
anybody else, it wasn't manufactured. I believe her. She's the truth. Did
she ask you to be on the new record, "Coal Miner's Daughter: A Tribute
to Loretta Lynn"?(On it, Rock re-imagines Lynn 's "I Know How.")
She did, she sent me a nice little letter. I thought, "who's sending
me a letter in a pink envelope with two big Ls on the front?" She said
she liked "All Summer Long," asked me if I'd do the thing, and I said of
course. I started listening to her boxed set, revisiting some of the
stuff, and I thought I'd really like to do a bluesy take on "I Know
How." And she got back to me, said, "that's crazy, that was Johnny Cash's favorite song of mine, nobody knew that." Yours sounds a little different from her version.
I had to do it my own way, I can't be Loretta Lynn. Sheryl Crow called
me and said, "you gotta hear the story Loretta's telling me right now."
I guess when [Lynn] heard it, she did some big hillbilly dance up and
down her bus, screamin' "Kid Rock's my boyfriend, I love this." I did a
more Memphis soul/Motown take on it.
What Will Heightened Expectations Do to/for Women Artists?
Written by Chet Flippo: The upcoming album paying
tribute to Loretta Lynn's 50th anniversary in country music is a potent
reminder of the fierce talent of Lynn over past decades. It also serves as an occasion to ponder the future of women artists,
especially singer-songwriters in today's world and in tomorrow's musical milieu.
If anything, today's heightened expectations
and tomorrow's even higher bar are both exhilarating yet frightening. To be a country superstar, you must be an adorable,
multi-talented Shirley Temple doll of a child prodigy, or else, you must be a shiny American Idol graduate with lungs
of steel, like Carrie Underwood. In pop, Lady Gaga is pretty much
the prototype these days. But, even beyond that, what lies ahead?
Loretta Lynn started out at the very bottom as a
woman-child-mother, driving with her husband from radio station tower to radio station tower, knocking on the door and begging
for a chance for a radio spin. She played the one-nighters, hit the honky-tonks for years on end, endured the taunts and the
closed doors of the woman-haters in country music -- and she persevered.
Swift herself started out as a child, hustling on the talent show circuit. As a very young teenager she persuaded her
parents to move to Nashville, where she walked up and down Music Row, knocking on doors and asking for her songs to be heard.
She would not be denied.
They both are living proof of Malcolm Gladwell's 10,000-hour maxim. In his book, Outliers,
the British sociologist posited his 10,000-hour rule. Basically, he says no one succeeds in his or her craft until they have
practiced and worked at it for at least 10,000 hours. Lynn and Swift put in their hours, and it shows.
-- as singer-songwriters -- shattered ceilings on Music Row, and I'm not
talking about the proverbial glass ceiling. But they
succeeded by writing about and for their peer group sisters. Loretta
forever changed the notion of what a country "girl singer"
should or could be. She wrote about hitherto forbidden topics: Birth
control! Female power! Self-determination! And she attracted
a lifelong audience of women listeners who had never been directly
addressed before by country music -- either the music industry
or the radio industry.
Taylor came along and did virtually the
same thing for an audience that neither Music Row nor
country radio knew existed: the vast numbers of teenage and pre-teen
female listeners. She wrote songs to them and sang songs
to them. Her songs of self-discovery and self-awareness and personal
angst and joy were about the same things they were experiencing
in their lives.
We're about to see a completely different career launch. Whereas both Lynn and Swift spent many years
getting to where they would be one day, now there's a young duo that is pretty much starting out at the top. Perhaps this
is a controlled experiment.
It's the Secret Sisters. They're from Muscle Shoals, Ala., and I love their music. But
I will be closely watching their career. It wasn't so long ago that they were singing for family and friends and church back
home. Then they got discovered, with a capital D.
They're making their national stage debut on T
Bone Burnett's Speaking Clock Revue, which has just opened with shows in Boston and New York City. They're rubbing shoulders
with Elton John and their two career godfathers -- T Bone Burnett and Jack White (interesting that White also produced Lynn's
Grammy-winning album Van Lear Rose). Also on the Speaking Clock stage are John
Mellencamp, Elvis Costello, Gregg Allman, Leon Russell, Ralph
Stanley, the Punch Brothers, Neko Case and Jeff Bridges.
How will the Secret Sisters be received? As I say, I love
the sweetness of their music, the innocence of their family harmony singing, their devotion to the music's past and their
utter and unabashed charm. But I know people in music and media who are extremely skeptical of how the sisters will fare,
who regard their music as boring. But I've also known classical music fans who look down their noses at the minimalist composer
Arvo Part. They sneer at him for composing music that is sweet, spare and haunting and yet resonates emotionally. Those are
the very qualities I value in Part's music. And some of those basic musical elements live in the Secret Sisters' work.
early review, in the Boston Globe, was favorable and said, "They certainly did turn the crowd on its ear with their
intertwined harmonies, never so beautiful as on a soaring rendition of Bill
Monroe's 'The One I Love Is Gone.'"
What if you, as a young artist, get caught up in the tar baby that is the TMZ/Perez
Hilton/tabloid world? That's a world, I might add, from which there is no escape, at least not on your own terms. Taylor is
getting caught up in it. What will happen to her?
Taylor belonged only briefly to Nashville and to country music. She
now belongs to the world, and the world will treat her accordingly. She's only going to face more intense scrutiny and more
vitriol than she has ever known before.
It's getting scary when a middle-aged music commentator such as Bob Lefsetz
writes a lengthy blog on why he is sure that he's the subject of Taylor's song "Mean." (Note to Bob: I actually did have an
artist write a similar song about me, but much nastier and much more graphic, and I didn't tell the whole world about it at
the time and I see no need to pontificate on it now.)
Getting back to Loretta Lynn. She has never given a damn about
what anybody thought about her or her music. That attitude has worked well to deflect or neutralize any criticism.
some of the songs from the Coal Miner's Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn album, such as her first single from 50
years ago, "I'm a Honky Tonk Girl," covered superbly here by Lee Ann Womack.
Or "Rated X" or "You're Lookin' at Country." In these and her many other songs, you can understand why and how she is such
a true musical spirit, floating through and yet remaining above this material world.
An aside to Taylor: One thing
Loretta has always had is a protective shield provided by the almost lion-like devotion of her audience. They will always
protect her. Hang on to your fans. They're precious to you and, once lost, are never regained.
Sheryl Crow, Miranda Lambert honor Loretta Lynn at CMAs
The CMA Awards will be broadcast live on ABC, beginning at 7 p.m.
Central. Lambert has 10 nominations for the show, including nods in the
entertainer, album and song categories.
Week 44: Loretta Lynn, Coal Minerís Daughter
by Nathan Rabin
A.V. Club head writer and hip-hop specialist Nathan Rabin recently
decided to spend a year or two immersing himself in the canon of
country music, a genre he knew little about, but was keen to explore.
The result: ďNashville Or Bust,Ē a series of essays about seminal
country artists. After 52 entries, Rabin plans to travel south and
explore some of country musicís most hallowed landmarks and
At a crucial moment in Coal Minerís Daughter, the Oscar-winning 1980 Loretta Lynn
biopic, Lynn (played indelibly by Sissy Spacek) is more or less pushed
onstage for the first time at a smoky honky-tonk by her glad-handing
husband and soon-to-be-manager Doo (Tommy Lee Jones). The singer is at
first understandably overwhelmed. She begins unsteadily. Her voice is a
little shaky and her guitar playing unsteady. Sheís a little spooked by
the lights. But as the song progresses she becomes increasingly
confident and by the end, the entire audience is beaming with
admiration. She may have gone onstage that night a timid, naÔve, unknown
Kentucky housewife who first picked up a guitar at 24, but she left itÖ
Variations on this scene can be found in countless musical
biographies. Itís incredibly satisfying as drama and as confirmation of
pop mythology. We need to believe that stardom can happen that
effortlessly so the star machine can continue to chew people up and spit
them out. We need these rags-to-riches fantasies to keep us from
viewing the star-making process as inherently cruel, even random.
Coal Minerís Daughter is adapted from Lynnís autobiography, so
itís entirely possible that Lynnís first public performance played out
exactly as it does in the film. But a little formulaic Hollywood magic
also went a long way toward making a rather grim drama about the
daughter of a desperately poor coal miner ascending to stardom and
dealing with her troubled marriage a feasible commercial prospect. The
biopic hit screens at a fortuitous time. The filmís massive, iconic
success, along with the equally massive success of Urban Cowboy, exposed
country music to audiences who otherwise might have dismissed it.
Before 1980, it was relatively easy for audiences to pretend country
didnít exist or at the very least represented a marginal genre. It could
be written off as a hick preoccupation, a Southern thing.
But Coal Minerís Daughter and Urban Cowboy pushed
country defiantly into the mainstream. It could no longer be dismissed
as a musical inbred cousin to be kept locked in a basement. (In
Milwaukee, Coal Minerís Daughter became the favorite movie of my
5-year-old older sister, though at that point it didnít have a whole lot
of competition.) The events chronicled in Coal Minerís Daughter
were old news to country fans, but the film canonized Lynnís life and
career for the rest of the world. It became her defining narrative even
if it ends on an abrupt note that conveys, indirectly, that its
subjectís story was far from over. Thirty years later, the 78-year-old
iconís dramatic journey from poverty to fame remains far from over.
Coal Minerís Daughter focuses primarily on Lynnís relationship
with her husband/manager Oliver ďDooĒ Lynn. Even for a figure as fiery
and strong-willed as Lynn, in the í50s, í60s, and early í70s, the world
of a female country singer was by default the domestic realm. Lynn
consequently alternated between being a Kitty Wells-like protector of
the family and conventional moralityóCoal Minerís Daughter tellingly
shows Lynn singing along to Wellsí signature hit ďIt Wasnít God Who
Made Honky Tonk AngelsĒóand an aggressive creature wrestling with the
changes that came with the sexual revolution and feminism.
Most notably, Lynn released ďThe PillĒ in 1975, a tongue-in-cheek
celebration of a pharmaceutical wonder that offered hope and freedom to
women whose options were otherwise limited by circumstance, fate, and
the myriad failings of the rhythm method. It was also, not
coincidentally, a celebration not just of liberation but also of
no-strings-attached sex divorced from marriage, commitment, and
childhood. Lynn had the chutzpah to act as if that might be a good
thing, when we all know that eyes-closed missionary sex solely for the
purpose of procreation is the only acceptable form of intercourse as far
as Baby Jesus is concerned.
On ďRated X,Ē Lynn offers a scathing take on sexual double standards
that time has rendered as quaint and old-fashioned as a Dave Berg ďThe
Lighter SideĒ cartoon but must have seemed very progressive and even
shocking at the time. The ďRated XĒ of the title refers not to Deep Throat or The Devil In Miss Jones but
to a divorced woman who is considered damaged goods by a society still
uptight enough to be scandalized by divorce. Like ďHarper Valley PTA,Ē
ďRated XĒ confronts the hypocrisy of judgmental busybodies who project
their own perverted thoughts and moral failings onto a convenient
Lynnís penchant for courting controversy wasnít limited to sex. On
1966ís ďDear Uncle Sam,Ē Lynn sings from the perspective of a patriot
trying to reconcile her fierce, protective love for a partner sent to
die in Vietnam with her innate understanding that war is sometimes
inevitable and justified. Itís not exactly a bomb-throwing manifesto,
but it is a heartfelt, heartrending exploration of the human costs of
warfare that Lynn slipped back into her set lists during the Iraq War.
Lynn grappled with the most important social issues facing our
nation, but she did not hesitate to beat a bitch down when the situation
called for it. In song and life, Lynn could be a fierce lioness when it
came to fighting for her man. As chronicled in Coal Minerís Daughter, she
had her hands full trying to tame a hard-drinking womanizer who felt
threatened by his wifeís incredible success. On ďFist City,Ē for
example, Lynn deliciously taunts a silly little thing whose interest in
Lynnís husband is destined to earn her a one-way invitation to a
ďFist CityĒ is the single greatest song title of all time. Iíve been
dying to get in a fistfight just so I can say something along the lines
of, ďYou keep dogging me and youíre going to earn a one-way Greyhound
ticket to Fist City, population: your sorry ass.Ē Iím just disappointed
that Lynn didnít record it 20 years later so it could accompany a music
video of her beating down a series of trollops with designs on her
The man I love when he picks up trash
He puts it in a garbage can
Thatís what you look like to me
And what I seeís a pity
You better close your face and stay out of my way
If you donít want to go to fist city
Lynn taunts with Southern-fried sass. Somebody better get out the pooper-scooper ícause Lynn is talking mad shit.
Lynn makes it apparent that Fist City is not a place anyone would
want to visit, but in the decades since the songís release, Fist City
has undergone a renaissance. It now has world-class food, glittering new
hotels, and even a Major League Baseball team. Yes, Fist City is no
longer the exclusive domain of trifling women of ill repute trying to
steal Loretta Lynnís man.
The price of love is eternal vigilance. In the songs of Honky Tonk Girl: The Loretta Lynn Collection, Lynn
is constantly battling women out to steal her man, men out to score a
little tail on the side, no-good men who need to be put in their place,
and smooth-talking lotharios who think sheíll surrender her lady virtue
without a fight. Lynn addresses these matters of the heart with a
gloriously light touch and indefatigable sense of humor. Take ďHappy
BirthdayĒ for example. Underneath the painfully bland title lies a
sneaky little kiss-off from a wronged woman who preemptively wishes a
cheating partner a happy birthday, a Merry Christmas, and a happy New
Year because she sure as shit isnít sticking around to get cheated on
Lynn wasnít one to passively stand by her man. On songs like ďYour
Squaw Is On The Warpath,Ē ďDonít Come Home A Drinkiní (With Loviní On
Your Mind),Ē and a lively cover of ďThese Boots Are Made For WalkingĒ
Lynn happily puts arrogant men in their place.
Just as Wynette had George Jones and Dolly Parton had Porter Wagoner,
Lynn was able to act out the battle of the sexes in song after song
with regular duet partner Conway Twitty, who joined forces with Lynn for
a number of collaborative albums and singles. Twitty and Lynnís
collaborations sometimes pushed the romantic melodrama of Lynnís solo
work to kitschy, gothic extremes. On ďThe Letter,Ē for example, Twitty,
with a spoken-word assist from Lynn, tremblingly recounts encountering
an ex-girlfriend so concerned that her boyfriend is cheating on her that
she asks Twitty to write a letter professing his undying love for her
to make her current boyfriend jealous. Itíd be a romantic potboiler of a
song even without the climactic reveal that Twitty doesnít have to
pretend to still be in love with his ex, since he never stopped loving
her and never will. Yes, the path of true love is often jagged and
painful in the heartbreaking world of country.
Lynn often played the battle of the sexes for laughs, as on the jokey
novelty Twitty duet ďYouíre The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly.Ē But she also
played it for tragedy. ďWhen The Tingle Becomes A Chill,Ē Lynnís
follow-up single to ďThe Pill,Ē captures with chilling precision a dying
relationship where the giddy intoxication and excitement of young love
have long since given way to the sour settling and abandoned dreams of a
loveless union kept alive solely through inertia and apathy.
ďWings Upon Your HornsĒ likens the loss of the protagonistís
virginity to the fall from Eden, transforming a pure-hearted virgin into
a ďwoman [she] canít stand.Ē To iron songbirds like Wells, Tammy
Wynette, and Lynn, extramarital sex was a Pandoraís Box that unleashed
an evil upon the world that could not be contained. Only marriage could
transform sex from a sin to part of Godís divine plan.
Lynnís productivity slowed dramatically after the í70s. Sheís only released three solo albums in the 25 years since 1985ís Just A Woman. Thankfully, one of those albums was 2004ís jaw-dropping Van Lear Rose, an album-length collaboration with longtime admirer Jack White of the White Stripes, who plays electric guitar and produces.
Van Lear Rose is an album of bracing clarity and focus. Thereís an exhilarating intimacy and directness to Lynnís vocals: Like Merle Haggard on this yearís I Am What I Am, Lynn
has no use for affectation, stylization, or obfuscation. Time and
experience seems to have washed away her defenses and blessed her music
with emotional transparency. Van Lear Rose is an album by an icon empowered rather than diminished by age.
On the title track, Lynn sings movingly of her hometown of Van Lear
and the titular character, an incandescent charmer who had the whole
town under her spell yet, like a fairy-tale princess, rejected the
princes of her humble little burg and found true love with a common man.
Itís a sweet, almost sappy attempt to transform family loreóthe song,
not surprisingly, is about her parentsóinto folklore, but itís also
shatteringly powerful thanks to the alchemy between Lynnís beautifully
weathered voice and Whiteís spare, expressive guitar.
Van Lear Rose doubles as the consummation of White and Lynnís
intergenerational musical relationship. But ďPortland Oregon,Ē their one
duet, represents full-on musical fucking. Hot, sweaty,
cum-and-whiskey-on-the-floor, close-the-shades, wake-the-neighbors,
holy-shit-I-hope-youíre-on-the-pill, pop-icon-on-pop-icon fucking. Did I
mention that itís sexy? Itís far sexier and raunchier and more orgasmic
than any duet between a grown man and a woman old enough to be his
grandmother should be.
On ďFamily Tree,Ē Lynn returns triumphantly to a pervasive themeóher
willingness to beat a bitch down if she catches her making goo-goo eyes
at her manóalbeit with more sadness and hurt than rage. ďHave MercyĒ is a
rockabilly raver that burns nearly as hot as ďPortland Oregon,Ē and
ďHigh On a MountaintopĒ is a raucous, sing-along celebration of country
Van Lear Rose introduced a whole new generation to Lynnís
inherent awesomeness. Whiteís production veers far from country into
minimalist blues and rock. Heís managed to update Lynnís sound while
retaining her essence. The comeback album captures Lynn both as a
towering American institution and as an all-too-human survivor who never
hid her weaknesses or failings from an adoring public that embraced her
messy, undeniable humanity.
Loretta Lynn Receives Star-Filled Tribute at Home
Tony R. Phipps, FilmMagic.com
by:Varnell Hackett Loretta Lynn kept
saying "I don't know what's going on; nobody has told me anything," as
she met with press last Friday night in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., where
she was honored with "A Tribute to an American Icon" for her 50 years in
country music. And it was certainly a night full of surprises for the
Loretta's first single, 'I'm a Honky Tonk Girl,' was released in 1960.
When asked how she has managed to stay humble over the years, Loretta
was quick to reply, "I look at these awards and honors as if they
belonged to someone else. I can close my eyes and I know where I come
The singer also insisted that over the years her fans have become her
friends, and that she still loves being on stage. "I go out now when I
want to," she explained. "But before, I used to have to go out because I
had to. When I was traveling so much before, I often wished I could
stay home because I would have liked to spent more time with my kids
when they were small. The kids are all grown now, so it's a little
Loretta said she continues to write songs, commenting that she has written a lot in the past few years with Shawn Camp.
"I bet he's mad at me though because we haven't written in six or seven
months," the singer joked. "But we're gonna write again soon."
Crystal told the attendees that Loretta opened doors for all the women
who came after her. "It's hard work to be in the music business, and for
Loretta to stay on top of her game for 50 years is fantastic," she said
to enthusiastic applause of agreement.
Marty recalled something he had seen happen firsthand, when some years
ago an interviewer called Loretta the Queen of Country Music. "She
stopped him immediately and said, 'Kitty Wells is the Queen, Tammy Wynette
is the First Lady, and I'm just a Coal Miner's Daughter.' I can tell
you this tonight, her love for her fans keeps her going, and no matter
where she goes in this world, she will be welcome."
John Carter Cash,
who has been working with Loretta in the studio, re-recording many of
her biggest hits, said, "Loretta Lynn is as real on the inside as she is
on the outside. She and my mother were both mountain girls, and she has
the same heart as my mother."
An album titled 'Coal Miner's Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn,' will
be released on November 9. Among the artists who perform on it are Miranda Lambert and Sheryl Crow, who are on the current single with Loretta, 'Coal Miner's Daughter.'
"I had six more verses written on that song and I took it in to
[producer] Owen Bradley and he said to me, 'There's already been one 'El Paso,'
Loretta, make that song shorter!' When I wrote it I didn't think it was
gonna be such a hit; I just thought it was another song about life."
Commenting on her singing partners on the new album, Loretta said, "I
love Miranda, she is feisty enough to do what she wants. Sheryl is more
pop but we did a good job on that song!" Loretta acknowledges that she
didn't get to put everyone she wanted to on this album. Of the other
folks who are on the tribute, the singer said, "I love Kid Rock. He does that song ('I Know How') a lot different from the way I did."
Loretta and the songs that have entertained hundreds of thousands of
people around the world are also being honored with an all-star concert
in October at the Ryman Auditorium. The show is part of the Grammy
Salute to Country Music series. Despite family and friends trying to
keep some things secret from Loretta, one of the major players managed
to let the cat out of the bag.
"Garth [Brooks] called
me last week and he started talking about this tribute at the Ryman,"
Loretta said. "I said to him, 'Garth there are a lot of things going on
that they aren't telling me about.' I guess he let that out a little
early," she added with a laugh.
Among honors she has already received, 'Coal Miner's Daughter' was
chosen for preservation within the National Recording Registry of the
Library of Congress, which annually honors select recordings for
cultural, historic or aesthetic significance. The singer's 1976 memoir,
'Coal Miner's Daughter,' was re-released on September 21.
Loretta Lynn Honored for 50 Years of Music
Loretta Lynn photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.
by: Tom Roland
Five decades ago, Loretta Lynn
and her husband-manager, ďMooneyĒ Lynn, drove station to station around
the U.S. promoting her first single, ďIím A Honky Tonk Girl.Ē All these
years later, sheís a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and a
global symbol for country music, and she was honored Friday at her Coal
Minerís Daughter Museum in Tennessee for 50 years as an American icon.
A bevy musicians and music-industry executives were on hand for the occasion, including Marty Stuart, Crystal Gayle, Jack Greene and Terri Clark.
Ronnie McDowell presented Loretta a painting he had created, depicting
her when she was 10 years old and living in Kentucky. A string of
presenters included John Carter Cash, arranger Bill Walker and Ray Walker, of the Jordanaires,
the Hall of Fame vocal quartet that backed Loretta on such classics as
ďYouíre Lookiní At Country,Ē ďBlue Kentucky Girl,Ē ďDonít Come Home
A-Drinkiní (With Loviní On Your Mind)Ē and ďCoal Minerís Daughter.Ē
There were also video tributes from Wynonna, Big Kenny, Keith Anderson, Martina McBride, Kellie Pickler and Dolly Parton.
The ceremony took place in a sweat-filled tent outside the museum.
The museum houses an extraordinary volume of memorabilia, including
letters from presidents, stage wear and a string of awards ó none of
which have led Loretta to think of herself as anything other than the
little girl who grew up in poverty in an eastern Kentucky shack.
ďI look at these awards like theyíre
somebody elseís,Ē she said. ďThat way you can stay grounded. Iím proud
of my awards and every one I get, you knowÖ You just donít forget where
you come from. All I do is close my eyes, and I know where Iím from. I
go back to that little olí one-room cabin where I lived Ďtil I was 11
Nevertheless, Fridayís celebration is the first of several that will
mark her 50-year history as a country star. On Nov. 9, Columbia will
release Coal Minerís Daughter: A Tribute To Loretta Lynn, featuring remakes of her songs by the likes of Kid Rock, Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow and Miranda Lambert.
ďGarth Brooks called me last week,Ē Loretta laughed, ďand I said,
ĎGarth, thereís a lot of things goiní on that I donít know about and
they ainít telliní me.íÖ I found out, too, that heís giviní me the
award. So he was on the phone long enough to give that away. That was
The salute at the Ryman is nicely timed. It comes three days before
the 50-year anniversary of Lorettaís first appearance on the Grand Ole
Opry, which took place on that very stage.
Loretta Lynn Looks Ahead to Golden Anniversary and Beyond
by:Lime Wire itís ironic sometimes that the more things change in the music industry, the more it stays the same. Forty years ago, Loretta Lynn watched as the musical story of her life Coal Minerís Daughter
topped the chart, later becoming a Academy-Award winning movie in 1980.
Now, here we are in 2010, and Loretta Lynnís current single? You
guessed it, ďCoal Minerís Daughter.Ē
Of course, there is a little bit of difference between the two
records. Since issuing the original in 1970, Lynn has released two
best-selling books and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame
in 1988. The new version of the song is a collaboration with Miranda Lambert and Sheryl Crow, and is the first single from Coal Minerís Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn, an all-star tribute to the singer that will be released by Columbia Records on November 9th.
After all these years, the legend says she still was surprised by the
success of the song. ďI had six more verses to that song,Ē she recalls.
ďI went in to sing it to Owen Bradley, my producer. ďHe looked at me,
and said ĎLoretta, thereís already been one ĎEl Paso,í and there will
never be another. Go in there and sit down and take six verses off.
Thatís what I had to do. I just thought it would be another song. I
didnít really think about it being anything, but it was a smash, and I
was proud. Iím proud to be a coal minersí daughter.Ē
The singer recently took time to visit with the press at her ranch in
Hurricane Mills, TN to discuss the 50-year anniversary of her first
hit, ďIím A Honky Tonk Girl.Ē Several of her fellow artists were present
for the occasion, such as Jack Greene, Marty Stuart, and Terri Clark.
Though she is celebrating her golden anniversary of recording and
touring, Lynn says she loves it as much as ever. ďI still enjoy being on
stage, more now than I used to because used to, I had to. Now, I donít
have to, and I really enjoy it. When my kids were little, I would have
liked to stayed home more, but now that theyíre gone, why stay home? I
still enjoy it, and I like it, so I get after it.Ē
The tribute album is something that she is very excited about, as
well. She had approval of each artist and recording on it, and she is
happy with the results. ďIt was hard to narrow it down because there are
so many great artists. I love Kid Rock, He sung ĎI Know How.í Itís
great. He done something with it that I didnít do. All of the artists
have done things with the songs that I didnít do, and I love it.Ē Some
of the artists that appear on the disc include Faith Hill (ďLove Is The
FoundationĒ) and Lee Ann Womack (ďIím A Honky Tonk GirlĒ).
After all these years, Lynn is still creating. Her 2004 album Van Lear Rose
remains a pleasant memory, as well as a critical success. ďJack White
is one of the greatest people I have ever met,Ē she says of the White
Stripes leader, who manned the controls for the album. ďHe produced Van Lear Rose,
which was probably the most country album I have ever done. Owen
Bradley would have been jealous,Ē she says of her legendary producer at
Decca/MCA. She is finishing up a project with John Carter Cash, and has
been writing with Nashville tunesmith Shawn Camp. ďHeís a great writer,Ē
she exclaims of the writer of such hits as ďHow Long GoneĒ and ďWould
You Go With Me.Ē
Another group of people that is very important to Loretta is her
fans. They have been with her since the beginning in 1960, and she views
them as a lot more closer than a lot of todayís artists. ďTheyíre my
friends, not my fans. Iíve met them over and over and over,Ē she adds.
So, what has kept her grounded over the years? She says itís rather
easy. ďI look at the awards like they are somebody elseís. That way you
can stay grounded. Iím proud of my awards, but I think to stay grounded,
you donít want to forget where you come from. All I do is close my
eyes, and I go back to that one room cabin where I lived till I was
MILLS, Tenn. Ė Loretta Lynn hosted a star-studded party at her ranch on
Friday night celebrating her fiftieth year in country music.
"When you think of country music in Nashville, you think of Loretta Lynn," sister Crystal Gayle said.
"The Grand Ole Opry is something that every
country singer dreams of being on. It is the greatest show on earth,"
Lynn told News 2.
Lynn will be performing on the newly
renovated stage at the Grand Ole Opry House on Thursday night, as the
Opry honors her and her 50- year music career.
"The Grand Ole Opry is something I listened
to as a little girl. [I] never dreamed that I'd ever go through the door
of the Grand Ole Opry when I was little," Lynn said.
After humble beginnings, Lynn speaks fondly on where it all began.
"All I do is close my eyes and I know where
I'm from. I go back to that little one room cabin where I lived until I
I'm proud to be a coal miner's daughter. I am," Lynn said.
Loretta Lynn Celebrates Legendary Career with 50th Anniversary Event Sept. 24
Invitation-only celebration to be held at Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills
Loretta Lynn is celebrating her 50th year
making music with a special invitation-only event to be held Friday,
Sept. 24, at the famed Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.
Held on-site at Lynnís 18,000 square foot Coal Minerís Daughter
Museum and billed as ďA Tribute to an American Icon,Ē the eveningís
activities include a catered reception, media Q&A session and a
performance by Lynnís sister, Crystal Gayle, following the official
unveiling of Gayleís new display inside the museum. Event invitations
were extended to select industry, media and artists, as well as Lynnís
family and closest friends.
The media Q&A session begins at 5:30 p.m. CST, with the
reception following at 6 p.m. Lynn will appear at the reception to
briefly address the eventís attendees and mingle with other artists,
industry and media. Gayleís performance is at 9 p.m. and is open to the public.
Lynnís ďA Tribute to an American IconĒ 50th anniversary celebration
coincides with the superstarís final performance of the year at her
Hurricane Mills ranch and home, to be held Saturday, Sept. 25. The
concert is open to the public and is one of the special attractions
available during the weekend events for Lynnís fans and the general
public. Visit www.LorettaLynn.com for more information and to purchase
tickets to the show.
Lynnís much-anticipated tribute album, Coal Minerís Daughter: A
Tribute to Loretta Lynn, will be released through Columbia Records on
Nov. 9, 2010. The project, which features special guests Sheryl Crow,
Steve Earle, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Kid Rock, Miranda Lambert,
Martina McBride, Allison Moorer, Paramore, Reba, Carrie Underwood, The
White Stripes, Lucinda Williams, Gretchen Wilson and Lee Ann Womack,
features an updated version of her classic track, ďCoal Minerís
Daughter.Ē The single, performed by Lynn with Miranda Lambert and
Sheryl Crow, shipped to Country radio on Sept. 14 and is available for
digital download purchase on Sept. 28.
The Loretta Lynn Ranch and Coal Minerís Daughter Museum is located
at 44 Hurricane Mills Road, Hurricane Mills, TN, 37978. Call (931)
296-7700 or visit www.LorettaLynn.com for more information.
Note to Nashville Media:
A special media-only bus is available for transportation to and from
the ranch on Friday, Sept. 24. The bus departs Nashville at 3:30 p.m.
CST and is expected to return at approximately 10 p.m. Invited media
attendees should RSVP Christy Watkins at Christy@aristomedia.com to
reserve a seat on the bus.
About Loretta Lynn:
A true icon of Country music and American culture, Loretta Lynn,
also known as the Coal Minerís Daughter, is celebrating the 50th
anniversary of her debut single this year. A member of the Country
Music Hall of Fame, a four-time GRAMMY honoree and a recipient of the
GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award, Lynn began her career with the 1960
success of her debut single, ďIím a Honky Tonk Girl.Ē The event
launched a musical legacy that has included 16 No. 1 singles, including
such classics as ďOneís on the Way,Ē ďDonít Come Home A-Drinkiní (with
Loviní on Your Mind),Ē and Lynnís signature song, ďCoal Minerís
Daughter.Ē The song also shared its name with Lynnís bestselling 1976
autobiography and the Academy Award-winning 1980 film starring Sissy
Spacek. Loretta Lynn: Coal Minerís Daughter is being re-issued in
paperback by Vintage Books in September, with a new foreword by Lynn.
In October 2010, Lynn will be honored at Nashvilleís Ryman Auditorium
with a presentation of The Recording Academyís Presidentís Merit Award
in recognition of her remarkable career and contributions to Country
Loretta Lynn to Be Honored by Reba, Martina, Gretchen + More
She recorded her first album and scored her first hit single when she
was still a teenager. Now, 50 years into a remarkable career, Loretta Lynn
is still writing, recording and performing -- and getting ready for a
big celebration to mark a half-century in the music business.
The multiple-Grammy winner will be honored with the Recording Academy
President's Merit Award in a special ceremony October 12 at Nashville's
historic Ryman Auditorium. Hosted by Reba McEntire, the evening will include performances by several of Music City's biggest stars, including Martina McBride, Gretchen Wilson and Lee Ann Womack, as well as a special appearance by Jack White
(producer of Loretta's Grammy-winning 2004 album, 'Van Lear Rose'),
with more performances expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
has been a country star since her first single, "I'm A Honky Tonk
Girl" reached the top 20 of the Country Songs chart in 1960. But it was
her 1970 smash, "Coal Miner's Daughter," that became her most iconic.
Now, forty years after it topped Country Songs and went on to become
both a book and a movie, Lynn has remade her famous song with two other
hitmaking women, none other than Sheryl Crow and Miranda Lambert
and Billboard.com has it here for you to listen to, exclusively, days
before you can hear it on the radio on Sept. 14 or anywhere else, as
well as a brief Q&A with the country legend herself about remaking
the song.The new version of "Coal Miner's Daughter," which will be available as a
digital single on Sept. 28, is the centerpiece of the upcoming Nov. 9
Columbia album, "Coal Miner's Daughter: A Tribute To Loretta Lynn" which
celebrates Lynn's 50 years of making music with rock and country stars
covering many of her hits. In addition to Lambert and Crow, Carrie
Underwood, Faith Hill, Kid Rock, the White Stripes, Paramore, Alan
Jackson and Steve Earle are among the artists Lynn hand-picked for the
Why did you specifically want to
collaborate with Sheryl Crow and Miranda Lambert on the reinterpretation
of your most iconic song, "Coal Miner's Daughter"?
I love Miranda and Sheryl and I really felt they both brought something
different singing style wise to this song. Miranda is so country and
has a sassiness to her you can hear it as soon as she sings her first
line "my daddy worked all night in the Van Lear coal mine..."! Sheryl
adds such a soulfulness to her lines. I loved both. I am so happy and
proud they did the song with me.
"Coal Miner's Daughter" was recently added the the National Recording Registry. What do you think makes it such a treasure?
Can you believe that? I think that the song Coal Miner's Daughter, the
book and my movie shined a light on coal mining and a different way of
life a lot people did not know about.
Forty years later, do you still feel like a coal miner's daughter? Well I am and will always be proud to be a coal miner's daughter.
COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER SINGLE RELEASE SEPT. 14TH
Single Ships to Country Radio on Tuesday, September 14th;
Hear It Now in an Exclusive Preview on Billboard.com;
Digital Single Available September 28
Nashville, TN Ė The stage is set for the all-star November 9 release of Coal Minerís Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn with
word that the first single will be the title track, Lynnís iconic
classic, ďCoal Minerís Daughter,Ē featuring Lynn, Sheryl Crow, and
In an exclusive preview that began today, Billboard.com is streaming
the single, which will ship and be available digitally to country radio
on Tuesday, September 14.
In addition to its inclusion on the upcoming album, fans will be able
to purchase the new recording as a digital single, releasing September
Carrie Underwood to appear on Loretta Lynn tribute album
Loretta Lynn has been in the music business a whopping 50 years, and
she's teaming up with her celebrity pals to mark the occasion in a
special album. Lynn has rounded up Sheryl Crow, Faith Hill, Alan
Jackson, Kid Rock, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Paramore, Reba
McEntire, Carrie Underwood, Steve Earle, the White Stripes, Lucinda
Williams, Gretchen Wilson, Allison Moorer and Lee Ann Womack to
contribute tracks to Coal Miner's Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn. The artists will put their own spin on some of Lynn's classic hits. The album will be out Nov. 9.
Loretta Lynn Pals Join her for a Golden Tribute
Loretta Lynn has been in the music business a whopping 50 years, and
she's teaming up with her celebrity pals to mark the occasion in a
special album. Lynn has rounded up Sheryl Crow, Faith Hill, Alan
Jackson, Kid Rock, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Paramore, Reba
McEntire, Carrie Underwood, Steve Earle, the White Stripes, Lucinda
Williams, Gretchen Wilson, Allison Moorer and Lee Ann Womack to
contribute tracks to Coal Miner's Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn.
The artists will put their own spin
Take a stand and fight for the nation's future
To the editor:
Happiness in life depends on the quality of your thoughts. Do you
treasure your liberty and freedom? They are your God-given rights, but
if theyíre in danger of being taken away, you must be willing to speak
up and fight.
America may stumble and fall on hard times; dark clouds may hover, but only for a while.
The men who composed the Declaration of Independence and framed the
U.S. Constitution with its Bill of Rights never intended for our country
to be controlled or ruled by a far-left, progressive, socialist
government willing to bow to Islamists and ignore the communist United
Nationsí plans for a one-world government.
Remember these words: When the crooked politicians vote themselves
benefits (your tax money) from the U.S. Treasury or just print any
amount they want, our republic will falter. People become complacent
then slip into apathy and dependence on government handouts
(redistribution of property, i.e., communism). Let this happen and you
will end up in bondage as slaves.
Sixty-two years ago, I took an oath and drew a line in the sand. My
oath still stands today to protect my country, defend the Constitution
and support my brethren in the U.S. Armed Forces, active and retired as
well as all the veterans who defend our freedom. Draw your own line in
the sand today.
I have no intention to give in, surrender or give up my fights
against tyranny in all its forms ó fascist, communist, radical Islamist,
far-left progressive liberals (socialists), one-world order types,
community dis-organizers, cowards and any other type of wannabe
Your time on Earth is limited. What you do with your life while here
matters. Your happiness depends on your thoughts and actions.
Use your pencil in the voting booth in November but remember freedom
is not free. Letís run the tyrants out of Washington, D.C. Stand and
fight with me. Never give in to tyranny and or give up to tyrants.
God bless America and her military. Be proud of your liberty and
freedom. And sometime when you need it, get a hold of Loretta Lynnís
recording of ďGod Bless America Again.Ē Her song will touch your heart.
George ĎPatí Patrick
Loretta Lynn Playing Million Dollar ELM
Starting with her 1971 hit, ďYouíre Looking At Country,Ē the strong, independent, hardcore honky-tonk singer has won four Grammy awards, seven American Music Awards, and 10 Academy of Country Music Awards with hits such as ďWhen the Tingle Becomes a Chill" (1975) and ďYou Ainít Woman Enough to Take My Man.Ē
Fifty years ago, her first song ever to hit the Billboard Charts was ďHonky Tonk Girl.Ē Sheís well-known for ďCoal Minerís Daughter,Ē the title of her 1976 autobiography later made into an Academy Award-winning film starring Sissy Spacek.
Fewer than a few weeks from her Tulsa performance in Tulsa, Lynn will be honored in a Grammy Salute To Country Music on Tuesday, Oct. 12, at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. The star-studded tribute will feature a special presentation of the Recording Academy Presidentís Merit Award to three-time Grammy winner and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Loretta Lynn in honor of her dynamic career and contributions to country music.
Lynn teamed up with White Stripes guitarist Jack White in 2004 to produce the two-time Grammy-winning album "Van Lear Rose."
Read more from this Tulsa World article at http://www.tulsaworld.com/scene/article.aspx?subjectid=269&articleid=20100819_371_0_Americ26388
Portland Oregon On My Mind
FRIDAYS TUNES. Loretta Lynn & Jack White"Portland, Oregon"Van Lear Rose.
Lord knows I've lost my mind in Oregon. I live about eight miles to the
north of this state, across the Columbia river. The first time I heard
this tune was on the radio and at first it sounded like a band from the
sixties. "Is that Loretta Lynn?" I thought. Wow what a sound. ANd sure
enough it was with retro sound master Jack White.
Can is sweet!!!! This songs is pretty rad. I love the song "Mushroom
Head" from them, though. Soooo sick!!! I love Jack White's band Dead
Weathers newest album. That one you have to crank up. That production is
so good and gritty sounding. SOunds very Hendrixy. One of my new
favorite albums. I need to check out that Loretta Lynn album they did
together. Sounds interesting.
Coal Minerís Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn
"Coal Minerís Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn" Ė All-Star Collection Slated to Release on November 9
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TN Ė A galaxy of stars from throughout the world of music will
celebrate Country Music Hall of Fame member and GRAMMY Lifetime
Achievement Award winner Loretta Lynn, as Columbia Nashville prepares
for the November 9 release of Coal Minerís Daughter: A Tribute to
With participating artists and additional
information still to come, the album coincides with an array of 50th
anniversary celebratory events, including the September 2010 paperback
re-issue of Lynnís 1976 bestselling memoir, Loretta Lynn: Coal Minerís
Daughter. This October, The Recording Academy will host GRAMMY Salute
to Country Music, a star-filled tribute concert honoring Lynn at
Nashvilleís Ryman Auditorium, where sheíll be presented with The
Recording Academyís Presidentís Merit Award in recognition of her
enduring contributions to country music. Earlier this year, her
landmark song, ďCoal Minerís Daughter,Ē was one of only 25 sound
recordings chosen in 2010 for preservation within the National Recording
Registry of the Library of Congress, which annually honors a select
group of recordings for their cultural, historic, or aesthetic
About Loretta Lynn
A true icon of country
music and American culture, Loretta Lynn, the Coal Minerís Daughter, is
this year celebrating the 50th anniversary of her debut single. A
recipient of the GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award and a three-time
GRAMMY winner and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Lynnís
career began with the 1960 success of her debut single, ďIím a Honky
Tonk Girl.Ē The event marked not only the arrival of her distinct voice
as both songwriter and performer, but also launched a musical legacy
that has included 16 #1 singles, including such classics as ďOneís on
the Way,Ē ďDonít Come Home aíDrinkiní (with Loviní on Your Mind),Ē and
her signature song, ďCoal Minerís Daughter.Ē That song also shared its
name with Lynnís bestselling 1976 autobiography and the Academy Award
winning 1980 film starring Sissy Spacek. Loretta Lynn: Coal Minerís
Daughter is being re-issued in paperback by Vintage Books in September,
with a new foreward by Lynn. Random House Audio will simultaneously
release the audio edition on CD and digital download, with narration by
Spacek. This October, The Recording Academy will host GRAMMY Salute to
Country Music, when Lynn will be honored at Nashvilleís Ryman Auditorium
with a star-studded tribute concert and a presentation of The Recording
Academyís Presidentís Merit Award in recognition of her remarkable
career and contributions to country music.
Loretta Lynn's 50-Year Career Honored With Special Events
Loretta Lynn will
be celebrated in song on 'A Coal Miner's Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta
Lynn,' set for November 9 release on Columbia Records.
The label is
mum on which artists we can expect to hear on the album but the disc
coincides with several events designed to celebrate 50 years since
Loretta's song 'I'm a Honky Tonk Girl' was released.
Planned events to celebrate Loretta include the September reissue of her
1976 memoir 'Loretta Lynn: Coal Miner's Daughter.' In addition, The
Recording Academy will host 'A Grammy Salute to Country Music Honoring
Loretta Lynn' on October 12 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. During what
organizers promise will be a "star-filled tribute concert," Loretta
will receive the Recording Academy's President's Merit Award in
recognition of her enduring contributions to country music.
Getting a head-start with a Loretta tribute of her own, in July, Boston-based singer Eilen Jewell
released 'Butcher Holler,' an album filled with songs that Loretta
wrote. Eilen is such a devoted fan of Loretta's that she has a side
project - also called "Butcher Holler' -- that exclusively performs the
iconic entertainer's songs. "We love playing her music," Eileen tells AnnArbor.com.
"It's just a lot of fun to play those songs because Loretta is such a
big hero of ours." (To preview and download 'Butcher Holler,' click here.)
Loretta is currently on tour with concerts on August 13 in Wichita,
Kan., and August 14 in Fort Worth, Texas. For a complete list of dates
and cities, check here.
LORETTA TRIBUTE CD RELEASE NOV 2010
COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER A TRIBUTE WILL BE RELEASED IN NOVEMBER 2010 ON BNA COLUMBIA RECORDS DETAILS TO FOLLOW
Daughter of Van Lear Rose
Rising star Eilen Jewell, the Boston-by-way-of Boise
singer/songwriter, has a new album that is a tribute to Loretta Lynn
(above) called "Butcher Holler" ( No. 1 on the Freeform American Roots
Chart in August and No. 1 on the Roots Music Report's True Country Chart
She will perform at the Wildcat Theater in Shepherd Union at Weber
State University on Wednesday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. Purchase tickets at Dee
Events Center Box Office or Grounds for Coffee (30th & Harrison and
25th Street locations).
General Admission is $15, with $18 the price the day of the concert.
All students are $10, and 16 & under FREE (but must have a ticket).
Expose the young ones to the music of Lynn, and they won't be disappoint
Whoís Gonna Take Your Garbage OutĒ Ė Loretta Lynn and Ernest Tubb
Here Russell contemplates the construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and asks what would happen should ďUncle Sam [send] the illegalsĒ home: ďWhoís gonna mow your lawn?/Whoís gonna cook your Mexican food/When your Mexican maid is gone?Ē Russell sings that he ďainít got no politics,Ē but he sure can write a decent song or two.
Lots of artists have recorded this song under various titles,
including the Everly Brothers, Woody Guthrie and Cisco Houston. I like
this version from Washburnís solo debut, Song of the Traveling Daughter, as sheĖaccompanied by her trusty banjoĖputs a feminine spin on the traditional lyrics.
ďWhoís Gonna Fill Their Shoes?Ē hit #3 in Ď85. 25 years later weíre still asking the same question.
1. ďWhoís Gonna Take Your Garbage OutĒ Ė Loretta Lynn and Ernest Tubb
The Texas Troubadour is my favorite duet partner for Lynn, and the
two of them are excellent here on this playful ďhe said, she saidĒ song from1969ís If We Put Our Heads Together.
That album is only available on vinyl, so if youíre not one who enjoys
haunting your local record store, Rosie Flores and Jon Langford did an
excellent version of this song on Floresí album Girl of the Century.
COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER BOOK RE-RELEASED SEPT. 21ST 2010
The Recording Academyģ Hosts GRAMMY Salute To Country MusicSM Honoring Loretta Lynn
Presented by MasterCardģ,
the Event will Spotlight the Country Music Legend on Oct. 12 at
Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn.
SANTA MONICA, Calif.--(BUSINESS
WIRE)--Continuing the tradition of celebrating musical excellence
365 days of
the year, The Recording Academyģ will host GRAMMY
To Country MusicSMhonoring Loretta Lynn,presented by MasterCardģ. In its sophomore year,
event will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010 at Ryman
Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. The star-studded tribute
feature performances by some of Nashville's finestartists
will include a special presentation of The Recording Academy
Merit Award to three-time GRAMMYģ winner and Recording
Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Lynn in honor of her
dynamic career and contributions to country music.
ďIt is only fitting
that we celebrate Loretta at our Salute To Country Music event, as
has worked diligently to ensure that country music remains a vital
of our culture, and has paved the way for many of today's talented
artists and likely for generations to come.Ē
"We are delighted to be paying homage to Loretta Lynn, a true
music pioneer and cultural icon, whose distinctive musical style
confronted social issues while remaining wildly entertaining,"
Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "It is only
that we celebrate Loretta at our Salute To Country Music event, as
has worked diligently to ensure that country music remains a vital
of our culture, and has paved the way for many of today's talented
artists and likely for generations to come."
"MasterCard is proud to support The Recording Academy's GRAMMY
and their celebration of music's greats, such as Loretta Lynn,"
Cheryl Guerin, Senior Vice President, U.S. Marketing and Global
Marketing, MasterCard Worldwide. "This partnership provides our
cardholders with a number of extraordinary opportunities to
some of the worldís most renowned musicians up close and
With a career spanning 50 years, three-time GRAMMY winner Loretta
has created music infused with honesty and energy. From the
her career in 1960, she introduced a strong, independent female
a time when women in country music were more reserved. She became
advocate for real women with such hits as "Don't Come Home A
(With Lovin' On Your Mind)," "Your Squaw Is On The Warpath," and
Pill." Her hit song "Coal Miner's Daughter," also the title of her
autobiography, would later be made into an acclaimed feature film,
garnering an Academy Awardģ for Sissy Spacek, who
in the title role. In 2004, Lynn teamed up with White Stripes
Jack White who produced her two-time GRAMMY-winning album Van
Rose, which showcased her powerful vocals and skillful
songwritingand further solidified her status as one of country music's
trailblazing icons. Earlier this year, Lynn was honored with a
Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award. For more
please visitwww.lorettalynn.com. or for Media Contact:The Recording AcademyJennifer Keppel,
310-392-3777 firstname.lastname@example.org or For
Loretta Lynn:Sony Music Nashville Allen Brown,
Country Music News Roundup: Loretta Lynn
Loretta Lynn Weekend Updates Lots of news coming out of Nashville on Butcher Holler, KY
native, Loretta Lynn. You can listen to her play on the Grand Ole Opry
Saturday night. If you canít be there in person, you can listen online
on WSM Radio Station www.wsmonline.com.
Loretta Lynn's Best-Selling Memoir, Loretta Lynn: Coal Miner's Daughter,
will be re-issued in September 2010 in as a paperback, e-book, and
Audio Book Narrated by Sissy Spacek. The publication coincides with the
50th anniversary of Lynn's first single release (click
here for details) and the 30th anniversary of the release of the
Academy Award-winning movie "Coal Miner's Daughter."
Finally, the Library of Congressís National Recording Preservation Board
announced this week its annual list of music that the organization
deems important enough to preserve. It includes Little Richard (ďTutti
FruttiĒ) and Loretta Lynn (ďCoal Minerís DaughterĒ) and entire albums
from The Band (The Band) and Patti Smith (Horses).
Loretta Celebrates 50th year on the road with new book
Loretta 's 50th annv. road book is aval. check
them out at the concerts and at the Lady Loretta store at the ranch.
very nice book lots of unseen photos and a hand written letter from
Loretta on the first page.
Kentucky Native Loretta Lynn Celebrates Birthday and 50 years in Business
Loretta Lynn still going strong after
all these years
Jessica Cornett: 2010 is turning out to be a year of celebration for Butcher Holler,
Kentucky native, Loretta Lynn. Seventy-five years ago in 1935 a young
child was born in the hills of eastern Kentucky. She would then grow up
through the hard times and make her way through the ranks of country
music to become a legend in the music industry. Even after all of these
years, she hasn't slowed down one bit.
This year also marks 50 years in the music business. The Coal Miners
Daughter has experienced some life changing events that some of us would
never dreamed of. She was married to Oliver "Mooney" Lynn, also known
as Doo, when she was 14 and soon was having children of her own. Mooney
pushed her to get in the business and with hard work and persistence,
her first single, "I'm a Honky Tonk Girl," reached #14 on Billboard's
Loretta Lynn has been known to sing songs that women could relate to.
She was bold and sassy and didn't care to take risks of songs that were
considered indecent at the time. It is hard to believe in this day and
age of music you hear on the radio that a song called "The Pill" or
anything about drinking was considered indecent. Women country music
listeners, and some men, to this day still love to listen to songs such
as, "You Ainít Woman Enough (to Take My Man)," ďDonít Come Home
AíDrinkiní (with Loviní on Your Mind)," and ďFist CityĒ among others
that raced their way to the top of the charts. Loretta was not afraid
to stand up for herself. To this day, she continues to influence women
in country music She would later go on to perform award winning duets with Conway Twitty,
as well as have a book and movie portraying her life called "Coal
Miner's Daughter." By the time of her last major hit, ĒI Lie,Ē in 1982,
Lynn had 52 Top 10 hits and 16 #1ís. And who could not forget when asked
to become a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Loretta Lynn
jumped right in the arms of Johnny Cash in 1998?
In 2005, Lynn received a Grammy Award for Best Country Album for "Van
Lear Rose," produced by longtime fan, Jack White of the White Stripes.
Just a couple of months ago, she received the Grammy Lifetime
Achievement Award. Today she is preparing to release two more
albums in the future and keeping a performance schedule just as strong
as she has held in recent years. There are several Kentucky stops,
Festival on July 25th, and Renfro
Valley on October 8th and 9th.
Lynn has proved that she is still woman enough to be strong in the music
industry even to this day.
Coal Miner's Daughter RE-RELEASE
The memoirs of Country great LORETTA LYNN
will be re-issued this SEPTEMBER by VINTAGE BOOKS,
a division of RANDOM HOUSE. ďLORETTA LYNN:
Coal Minerís DaughterĒ tells the story of her early life in BUTCHER
HOLLER, KY and her rise to fame. ďCoal Minerís DaughterĒ is also the
title of one of her biggest hit songs and the title of a film about her
life, starring SISSY SPACEK,
who won an ACADEMY AWARD
for her role as LORETTA. RANDOM HOUSE AUDIO will simultaneously release the audio edition of the
book on CD and via digitaldownload, with
SPACEK narrating. The book will also be available for the first time as
an e-book. The memoir has been out of print since 1998. This is the 30th
of the movie release and
the 50th anniversary
of LORETTAís first single release. LYNN writes in a new forward in the book, "I can hardly believe that
itís over 34 years since ĎCoal Minerís Daughterí was first published.
Itís something to look back after more than 30 years, and it made me
think about all my old friends and family, all the good times and not so
good times. I hope you enjoy ĎCoal Minerís Daughterí all over again. Or
if youíre coming to it for the first time."
Loretta Lynn's Coal Still on fire by Tom Roland
his fall will mark a whopping 40 years since Loretta Lynn hit radio waves with ďCoal Minerís
Daughter,Ē but the song is enduring enough that it made news in not just
one, but two different ways on Wednesday.
For starters, the book that carried the same name, Coal Minerís
Daughter, will be reissued in September by Vintage Books, which
will market the autobiography as a paperback, an e-book and an audio
book, narrated by Sissy Spacek. Sissy is, of course, a natural for that
job, since she won an Oscar for portraying Loretta in the movie that was
built around the book and even got a Grammy nomination for her own
recording of ďCoal Miner.Ē The movie, in fact, is celebrating its 30th
anniversary this year.
In the meantime, Lorettaís original
version of ďCoal Minerís DaughterĒ was recognized permanently by the
U.S. government yesterday. The Library of Congress announced that the
song is being entered into the National Recording Registry, which
recognizes important sound recordings from music to historic speeches.
ďCoal MinerĒ is one of 25 additions to the Registry alongside Willie
Nelsonís album Red Headed Stranger, Little Richardís rock
Ďní roll classic ďTutti Frutti,Ē a narration of The Little Engine
That Could and Bill Cosbyís live comedy album I Started Out As A
The Library of Congress established the Registry in 2003 and now has
inducted a total of 300 recordings. Among the country releases already
enshrined are George
Jonesí ďHe Stopped Loving Her Today,Ē Patsy Clineís ďCrazy,Ē Carl Perkinsí ďBlue Suede ShoesĒ and Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison.
Best-Selling Memoir, Loretta Lynn: Coal Miner's Daughter,
to be Re-Issued in September 2010 as Trade Paperback, E-book, and Audio
Best-Selling Memoir, Loretta Lynn: Coal Miner's Daughter, to be
Re-Issued in September 2010 in Trade Paperback from Vintage Books, As an
E-book, and as an Audio Book Narrated by Sissy Spacek. The publication
coincides with the 50th anniversary of Lynn's first single release and
the 30th anniversary of the release of the Academy Award-winning movie
"Coal Miner's Daughter."
New York, NY (PRWEB) June 24, 2010 -- The memoirs of
country music legend Loretta Lynn will be re-issued with a new foreword
by the author in September 2010 by Vintage Books, the literary paperback
division of The Knopf Doubleday Group, Random House, Inc. Loretta Lynn:
Coal Minerís Daughter is Lynn's classic memoir, which tells the story
of her early life in Butcher Holler, Kentucky, and her amazing ascent to
the top of the music industry. Coal Miner's Daughter is not only the
title of Lynn best-selling memoir, it is also the title of perhaps her
most recognizable hit, and the title of the film about her life.
Random House Audio will simultaneously release the audio edition on CD
and via digital download with Sissy Spacek narrating (Spacek won an
Academy Award for her portrayal of Loretta Lynn in the movie ďCoal
Minerís Daughter"). The book will also be available, for the first
time, as an e-book. The memoir has been out of print since 1998.
"I can hardly believe that itís over 34 years since Coal Minerís
Daughter was first published. Itís something to look back after more
than 30 years, and it made me think about all my old friends and family,
all the good times and not so good times. If youíre coming to it for
the first time or are reading it all over again, I hope you enjoy Coal
Minerís Daughter," wrote Loretta Lynn in her new foreword.
Loretta Lynn is the undisputed queen of country music. Her fifty-year
recording career will be celebrated throughout 2010, including a special
Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony. 2010 marks the 50th
anniversary of Loretta Lynn's first single release and the 30th
anniversary of the movie "Coal Miner's Daughter" starring Spacek and
Tommy Lee Jones.
Born into abject poverty, married at thirteen, mother of six, and a
grandmother by the time she was twenty-nine, Loretta Lynn went on to
become one of the most prolific and influential songwriters and singers
in modern country music. Here we see the determination and talent that
led to her trailblazing career and made her the first woman to be named
Entertainer of the Year by the Country Music Association and the first
woman to receive a gold record in country music.
Praise for Loretta Lynn: Coal Minerís Daughter:
"Engaging reading even for many to whom country music is an alien
world." -- The New York Times Book Review
"Few subjects are too difficult to deal with here, yet there is nothing
sensationalistic...have met the real Loretta Lynn." -- Billboard
"So open, honest and warm that it's irresistible." -- New York Daily
About the Author: In addition to being named Entertainer of the Year by
the CMA, Loretta Lynn has had sixteen #1 singles, fifteen #1 albums, and
countless other hit records. The fiftieth anniversary of her recording
career in 2010 will be celebrated throughout the music industry. Loretta
has continued to expand her musical reach, in 2004 recording ďVan Lear
RoseĒ with Jack White of the White Stripes. She will release two new CDs
in 2010. She lives in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. www.lorettalynn.com
Vintage Books was founded in 1954 by Alfred A. Knopf as a trade
paperback home to its authors. Its publishing list includes a wide
range, from the most influential works of world literature to cutting
edge contemporary fiction and distinguished non-fiction. As the
continuous publisher of important writers including William Faulkner,
Vladimir Nabokov, Albert Camus, Ralph Ellison, Dashiell Hammett, William
Styron, A.S. Byatt, Philip Roth, Toni Morrison, Ha Jin, Richard Ford,
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Contact: Russell Perreault, VP/Director of Publicity, Vintage Books
& Anchor Books, (212) 572-2080.
Lynn on the road, having fun
by Jim Beal Jr:
Loretta Lynn is not homeless and living in a bus.
to the contrary, the recent floods in and around Nashville, did not take
the country superstar's home.
ďAin't that somethin'?Ē Lynn said
about the homeless rumor. ďThe water did get right up to my house. That
scared me to death. No one could get in or out. We didn't have power
for six days, so we used a tour bus generator for power.Ē
Lynn doesn't have a helicopter to get onto and off of her Tennessee
ďI wanted a helicopter so bad,Ē she said, laughing,
something she did a lot during a half-hour telephone interview. ďYears
ago, I wanted a helicopter, so I talked to a man about buying a
helicopter. Then I told Doo (her late husband, Oliver ďMooneyĒ Lynn)
this man wanted to talk to him. A while later Doo came up to me, ĎYou
ain't gettin' no damned helicopter to get killed in.' So I never got my
But Lynn did get a lot of things, including a bunch
of hit songs, a handful of Grammys and a career that has lasted more
than 50 years. Born in Butcher Holler, Ky., the daughter of a coal
miner, just as her ďCoal Miner's DaughterĒ song and autobiography, and
the subsequent Academy Award-winning film said, Lynn started singing
professionally in Washington state in the late '50s and early '60s.
ďI never thought about ever singing,Ē she said. ďI would rock my
babies and sing, but I only knew a couple songs like ĎThe Great Titanic'
or ĎWhite Christmas.' Back home I would sing those songs on the porch
and my daddy would tell me, ĎLoretty' ó he called me Loretty ó Ďwould
you shut your big mouth? Everybody in the holler can hear you.' I told
him everybody in the holler is related to us and nobody cared. He told
me not to sass him. He died in 1959 and never heard me sing.Ē
a lot of people heard Loretta sing in a small Washington tavern that
Lynn had to sneak into and out of because the owner didn't believe she
ďI was 21,Ē she said, ďbut barely. I already had four
kids, but I never had a birth certificate. After I was singing at that
tavern for about five months, the Zero label asked if I'd record for
them. It made me zero, but it got me out of Washington state. I love
Washington state, but I was ready to leave.Ē
Loretta and Doo
Lynn worked the road hard promoting her debut single ďI'm a Honky Tonk
GirlĒ to radio stations. By the time they reached Nashville, the single
was a moderate hit, and Lynn started recording with producer Owen
Bradley. A long string of hits followed. Songs such as ďSuccess,Ē ďYou
Ain't Woman Enough,Ē ďDon't Come Home A'Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your
Mind),Ē ďFist City,Ē ďAfter the Fire Is Gone,Ē songs Lynn wrote, ruled
the country music charts. They also were written and sung from the point
of view of a strong woman who refused to put up with nonsense from men
or from women.ďI never, never thought about being a
role model,Ē Lynn said. ďI wrote from life, how things were in my life.
I never could understand why others didn't write down what they knew.Ē
Lynn then told a story about meeting a fan backstage before a
concert in St. Louis.
ďThis little lady said her husband
wouldn't bring her to the show because he brought a girl he was seeing,Ē
Lynn said. ďI took her up to the stage curtain and asked her to point
him out. We peeked out and there they were in about the third row. I
told her, ĎShe ain't woman enough to take your man.' And she wasn't. She
was all overblown. And she didn't take her man. I got a letter from
that little lady a few weeks later and she caught that girlfriend in an
alley and told her what was going to happen if she kept seeing her
And Lynn got an excellent song, a classic, out of the
encounter. ďYou Ain't Woman EnoughĒ made it to No. 2 in 1966. But not
all of her classics have gone the way she envisioned.
ďI had six
more verses for ĎCoal Miner's Daughter,' but Owen Bradley told me
there's already been an ĎEl Paso' (an epic Marty Robbins song) and get
in there and cut six verses,Ē she said. ďI did. And now I can't remember
all the verses. I think the tapes burned up in a fire.Ē
could be counted upon to write, and sing, hits, solo and duets with
Ernest Tubb and Conway Twitty. But Lynn's work, including ďRated X,Ē
ďThe Pill,Ē ďWhen the Tingle Becomes a ChillĒ and ďI Know How,Ē while
loved, and purchased, by herds of country music fans, weren't always
embraced by radio stations.
ďI don't know why the radio-station
owners thought every song I sang was a dirty song. They aren't,Ē Lynn
said with an indignant edge to her voice decades down the line.
had a preacher in Texas come up to me after a show and ask if he could
talk to me. He told me he had a 15-year-old daughter and he thought
ĎWhat Kind of Girl (Do You think I Am?)' was the greatest message song
ever on record. But radio stations would can a song, then it would
become a hit, then they'd start playing it.Ē
A similar thing
happened with Lynn's latest CD. In 2004 she teamed with Jack White, then
of the alt-rock duo White Stripes, to record ďVan Lear Rose.Ē
Commercial country radio practically ignored the disc, but it was
embraced by Americana stations and fans of real country music. ďVan Lear
RoseĒ won two Grammys in 2005, including best country album.
White moved to Nashville. He's going to record one of my songs. You
know which one? ĎRated X.' It's not dirty,Ē Lynn said, laughing
uproariously before singing two verses. ďI don't know how I remembered
that.ĒLynn is at work on three new albums ó
a religious album, a Christmas disc and an album of new material. In
concert, listen for Lynn to remember as many songs as possible.
works with an eight-piece band. Three of her kids, daughters Patsy and
Peggy, who work as The Lynns, and son Ernest, are part of the show.
ďI just get on stage and try to sing the songs the people want to
hear. I'll sing a few and then ask the audience if there's anything they
want to hear. They all holler and I can't understand a word,Ē she said,
laughing. ďThen I say, ĎOK, this side.' And they all holler. It's fun.
ďWhen you can't have fun with a show, quit. I want to do what the
people want to hear. They paid to come in the front door. I snuck in
through the back. If I have to stand on my head and wiggle my toes to
make them happy, I will.Ē
It probably won't come to that. But
don't bet against Loretta Lynn accomplishing that feat if she needs to.
Loretta Lynn still country music crowd pleaser after 50 years in country music
Loretta Lynn has been performing live concerts all over the world for
more than 50 years and she is still dubbed country musicís sweetheart.
Loretta Lynn was born Loretta Webb in 1935 and has been one of the
leading ladies of country music since the 1960ís.
In 1976 Loretta Lynn;s biography became a hit Academy Award winning
movie that starred actress Sissy Spacek in the lead and very convincing
performance of Loretta along side of actor Tommy Lee Jones who played
Lorettaís husband Doolittle Lynn.
Loretta was the second of eight children who grew up in Butcher
Holler Kentucky a place that is near and dear to Lorettaís heart and can
be found mentioned in a number of Lorettaís hit songs. Butcher Holler
which is a section of the Van Lear mining community is near Paintsville
in Johnson County Kentucky.
Loretta met and married Doolittle Lynn when she was only thirteen
years old and began immediately having children ,by the time Loretta was
19 she had four small children to take care of, and a few years later
also gave birth to a set of identical twin girls.
When Loretta Lynn was 24 years old Doolittle bought her a guitar for
an anniversary present which she taught herself to play. By 1960 Loretta
begin playing in small clubs and went onto record hit record ĎIím a
Honky Tonk Girlí.
In 1967 Loretta Lynn had he first #1 hit with the still very popular
country music crowd pleaser ĎDonít Come Home A Drinkiní she followed up
that hit with her next a song she wrote about the women she believed
that her husband Doolittle fooled around with on the side called ĎYou
Ainít Woman Enough .í
In 1971 Loretta teamed up with country crooner Conway Twitty and had a
number of hits singing as a duet that has been said to have reached a
type of musical chemistry between the two that has yet to be found by
Loretta Lynn has slowed down considerably with her live concert
performances, but still plays to a sold out crowd everytime she does
perform .Loretta Lynn owns a huge ranch in Hurricane Mills Tennessee
which is listed as the 7th largest attraction in the state of Tennessee.
Loretta Lynn speaks fondly of her lifeís memories and even laughs
when she speaks of her late husband Doolittle Lynn who passed away in
1996 by saying with a smile ďHe never hit me one time that I didnít hit
him back twice.Ē
City Guide Nashville
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, the state's capital and home of country music, is
the obvious venue for the music genre's biggest hoe-down, held over four
days every June. The Country Music Association takes over downtown
Music City and brings together top acts, along with the hungriest
wannabes for a huge celebration of all things country that sees the city
awash with Stetsons and cowboy boots.Country legend Loretta Lynn once said: "When I first came to Nashville,
people hardly gave country music any respect. We lived in old cars and
dirty hotels, and we ate when we could." Go now and see how times have
changed. Going for 85 years, The Grand Ole Opry (www.opry.com) is a Nashville
must. Every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday night, you can catch the show
that made country music famous as it visits various venues across the
city, or visit its original home at the famous Ryman Auditorium (116
Fifth Ave North), where stars such as Hank Williams and Patsy Cline
started their country careers.
RADIO SHOW Words to the Wise: with Loretta Lynn
This week on American Routes we're sharing some words of wisdom. Loretta
Lynn blazed a trail through the male-dominated world of country
music, bringing her experience as a mother and wife to songwriting and
challenging stereotypes along the way. We'll hear about her journey from
the hills of Butcher Hollow to the studios of Music City. you might have to click on LORETTA'S NAME when the Radio box comes up if not search for Loretta Lynn here is the link. http://americanroutes.publicradio.org/player/show/640/hour/2
They Can ACT but can the Sing You Bet
Sissy Spacek and Beverly DíAngelo - Coal Minerís Daughter
(1980) in the TOP 10
Following in Liza Minnelliís footsteps, Sissy Spacek picked up a Best
Actress Oscar for her role as country legend Loretta Lynn in Coal
Minerís Daughter. The movie illustrates Spacekís long, painful rise
from poverty, hardship and marriage at 13 to the top of the country
charts and superstardom. Spacek was astounding in both her acting and
singing, fully channeling Lynn at every turn. Beverly DíAngelo was
equally fine as the iconic Patsy Cline. This is arguably one of the
finest musical biopics ever set to celluloid.
Loretta's Muppet Apperance in the top five picks
And now letís get things started
Why donít you get things started
Itís time to get things started
On the most sensational inspirational celebrational Muppetational
This is what we call the Muppet
Donít deny it. You were singing along just nowÖ
Kermit taught us that itís not easy being green. Or in Gonzoís case,
blue. For five years, beginning in 1976, little felt characters brought
us as much laughter and entertainment as anything else on television.
For 120 episodes, Fozzie the Bear, Miss Piggy, Scooter, Rowlf, Beaker, Sam the Eagle, Animal and various friends did everything they
could do to make life hell for Statler and Waldorf.
But along the way during this beloved show, a series of guest
starsĖmost notably country music guest starsĖsang alongside Jim Hensonís
family doing originals and parodies of their biggest hits. It was a
veritable whoís who of big names in country music. Names like Linda
Ronstadt, Kris Kristofferson, Crystal Gayle, Anne Murray, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans appeared in
various episodes. Even Waylon Jennings did a duet with Big Bird in a
non-Muppets Show movie Follow That Bird. John Denver
appeared in two exclusive Muppets specials (John Denver & the
Muppets: A Christmas Together and John Denver & the
Muppets: Rocky Mountain Holiday.)
Without further ado, hereís a Friday Five of great appearances by
country music artists on The Muppet Show
#3. ďOneís On The WayĒ Ė Loretta Lynn (Season 3, Episode
In one of the funnier Muppet Show scenes ever, the Country Music Hall
of Famer Loretta Lynn sings ďOneís On The WayĒ with what seems like a
dozen little realistic human baby Muppets that canít stay out of the
way. The kids whacking each other with baby toys is really darn funny.
Loretta Lynn Ranch RE-OPENS
LORETTA LYNN RANCH NOW OPEN
Lynn's Ranch has completed clean up from the flood and is
now in full operation. Tours, museums, all retail, and RV
park are now open for daily business from 9:00 AM to 5:00
PM, 7 days per week. For more information please call the
ranch office at 931-296-7700.
Loretta Lynn's Ranch was damaged by
the 2010 Flood of TN this May. As the repair progress is concerned, they
are slowly putting things back together. Repair and dozer crews have
been working 12 hours a day since the flood to cleanup and repair the
damage so that the ranch can open back up. Damages are mainly directed
to the property itself, the road to the Western Town area has been
completely washed away so there is no access to the shops tours or
museums, this has caused the entire ranch to shut down till further
notice. Loretta and her family are doing great and look forward to the
ranch opening up as soon as possible. Please check back here or call the
ranch office at 931-296-7700 for the reopening dates
Cookbook Mania! Youíre Cookiní it Country
by undercover caterer on May 17, 2010
Yeah, thatís right. Iíve got Loretta Lynnís cookbook. How could I
resist her smiling face and long luxurious hair, beckoning me from the
shelf at J. Crawfordís Bookstore? Besides, Iíve always
wanted to ďcook it countryĒ, so why not learn from a country music
Now, I learned to make chicken-fried
steak from my Uncle Woody when I was a teenager. This recipe is
different, but also quite good. The crust is thick and crunchy!
First, set up your breading station. One
dish with evaporated milk and eggs, and another with the flour. I
seasoned the flour with Colmanís dry mustard, Lawryís seasoned salt and
some cayenne. Loretta doesnít. You can do it however you wish.
Melt shortening in a cast iron pan.
Loretta specifies using a cast iron skillet here.
First dip the cube steaks into the milk
Both sides! Sorry these pictures are so
Then dip them into the flour, making sure
they are coated on both sides. Knock off the excess.
Fry them, two at a time, until they are
golden brown on each side. Loretta tells you to add salt and pepper to
taste when they are done.
Man, this picture is terrible. Add a bit
of the seasoned flour to the drippings in the pan, letting cook for a
couple of minutes to cook the flour. Add the ísweetí milk and stir
until the gravy thickens.
Pour the gravy over the steaks and serve
with mashed potatoes.
In a medium-size bowl mix the evaporated
milk and egg together. Dip the steaks one at a time in the egg mixture
and then in the flour (or seasoned flour, if you prefer). Melt the
shortening in an iron skillet or frying pan over medium heat. Fry the
steaks until each side is golden brown. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Remove the steaks from the skillet, reserving 2/3 cup of drippings.
2/3 cup steak drippings
1-1/2 Tbsp flour (or seasoned flour, if
1 cup ísweetí milk
For the gravy, mix the reserved drippings
with the flour in a small saucepan (itís easier to use the same skillet
you used for the steaksĖthe gravy will taste better, too). Simmer over
medium heat. Add the sweet milk and stir until the gravy thickens.
Pour over the steak and serve with mashed potatoes.
Loretta says ďYou canít go wrongĒ!
FOX NEWS Loretta Lynn Loses Ranch to Flooding
Historic Nashville entertainment venues were also heavily damaged in the
The Grand Ole Opry House, the Country Music Hall of Fame
and Museum, lower Broadway honky tonks, and even legendary homesteads
Loretta Lynn's ranch, an hour west of
Nashville was also impacted.
The office manager at the ranch
tells us the roads are barricaded and no one is allowed into the town of
As of now they are unsure how long the
legendary property will remain that way. ALL CONCERTS FOR THE SUMMER ARE CANCELED FOR THE TIME BEING
Historic bridge in Hurricane Mills Tn wiped out and gone Owner of Hurricane Mills and the Loretta Lynn Ranch music Icon Loretta Lynn have been hit hard with the flooding waters of Tennessee Loretta and her family are safe and sound even though her western town has been hit hard the waters have even rip out the historic bridge that Lynn Purchased from Humphreys County the bridge was used in movies and video's over the years the area has been under 28 feet of water since late Friday Evening waters have started receding as of late Sunday night.
Statement as of 9:28 PM CDT on May 03, 2010
... Flood Warning extended until 05/06 11:17... the Flood Warning
continues for the Duck River near Hurricane Mills * until 05/06
11:17. * At 11am Sunday the stage was 28.7 feet. * Major flooding
is occurring and record flooding is forecast. * Flood stage is 24.0
feet. * The river will continue rising to near 33.0 feet by
tomorrow early afternoon. The river will fall below flood stage
Thursday morning. * At 28.0 feet... roads along the river are flooded
including Hurricane Creek Road west of Hurricane Mills... Tumbling
Creek Road east of Highway 13... and portions of Dyer Road near
Taylortown. Extensive flooding of agricultural land along the river
is occurring from Bucksnort... to Taylortown and Cedar Grove. * At
26.0 feet... portions of Hurricane Creek Road west of Hurricane Mills
are flooded and may be impassable... and flood waters approach
Watered Hollow Road west of Highway 13. * At 24.0 feet... flood
waters approach low lying portions of Hurricane Creek Road near
Hurricane Mills... and other roads in the area are flooded including
Tumbling Creek Road. Agricultural land along the river is extensively
flooded from Bucksnort... to Taylortown and Cedar Grove. * At
22.0 feet... portions of Tumbling Creek Road east of Highway 13 are
Literary libations from Loretta Lynn's Ranch
This week, Hartford Books Examiner will be reporting
live on location from the South. Today's destination: Hurricane Mills,
queen of country music, Loretta Lynn has
recorded 52 top-ten songs and charted 16 number-one singles in a career
that has spanned more than four decades. Her autobiography, Coal
Minerís Daughter, sold over one million copies and was made into an
Academy Award-winning film.
A member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Lynn was recognized as a
Kennedy Center Honoree in 2003. She is the mother of six children and
still lives in Hurricane Mills.
Loretta Lynnís Ranch is a tourist
destination that is sure to delight fans and first-timers alike. Open
April thru October from 9:00AM Ė 5:00PM daily, attractions include the
Plantation Home Tour, which encompasses the plantation home, simulated
coal mine, and Butcher Holler home place for $12 per person ($6 for
children between the ages of 6 Ė 12) and the Coal Minerís Daughter
Museum at the cost of $10 per person. Free attractions include Lorettaís
Frontier Homestead, Grist Mill Museum, Native American Artifact Museum,
and Lorettaís Fan & Doll Museum. There are also a variety of shops
and snack stands that visitors will enjoy.
Lady Loretta Boutique
& Collectibles is run by Rosie Hamilton, a dear friend of Lorettaís
for nearly forty years, and offers a wide variety of specialty
itemsómost of which have been signed by the country legend herself. In
addition to boasting an assortment of very reasonably priced autographed
photos, postcards, posters, CDs and objects owned by Lynn (such as
jewelry, ornaments and dishware), there are several items that will be
of interest to the bibliophile. These include the out-of-print Loretta
Lynnís Story Songbook, the Color Me Country Coloring
Book, and the Ranch Book The Cinderella Story. The boutique
also used to sell copies of the singerís two New York Times
bestselling memoirs, Coal Minerís Daughter (1976) and Still
Woman Enough (2002).
2004, Loretta released Youíre
Cookiní It Country, which features 129 recipes interspersed
with personal photographs and memories. And while the book has become
scarce and is no longer in-print, the boutique does carry a stock of
signed editions that sell for $24.99óa heck of a deal when you consider
that new, unsigned copies start at the price of $54.30 from sellers
listing on Amazon.com. If you call Rosie at 931-296-9774, she may just
be able to hook you upÖ
From the publisher:
You're Cookin' It Country, Loretta Lynn shares over 120 of her
favorite recipes. From the dishes her mother cooked as she was growing
up to the meals she has prepared for her family over the years. Also
included are more than 35 stories relating to food as only Loretta can
tell them. These include stories of her Mommy going out hunting for
rabbit and possum to the more recent story of Jack White of the rock
group The White Stripes flying to Nashville to have a dinner of chicken
and dumplings with Loretta. There is also the story of her husband to
be, Doolittle, buying a pie from her at an auction only to discover that
Loretta had mistaken salt for the sugar when she baked it.
Cookin' It Country will be a must have purchase for the millions of
fans Loretta has made all over the world.
Connecticut fans: Loretta Lynn will be playing the Warner Theatre in Torrington on
September 17 at 8PM! You can purchased tickets here.
Thatís all from the ranch, folks. And remember: when youíre looking at
Loretta, youíre looking at country!
Adventures in Feministory: The Pill by Loretta Lynn
by Kelsey Wallace:
Full disclosure: I love Loretta Lynn. I
have dressed like her for Halloween. I have sat glued to Sissy Spacek's
performance as her in Coal Miner's Daughter.
I have been known to sing "You Ain't Woman Enough" at various karaoke
bars in the greater Portland area. I am a fan. But! Even if I weren't a
fan of her music, her awesome biopic and her sassy Grand Ole Opry
getups, I'd be a fan of her feminism.
Not only was Lynn (born Loretta Webb, in 1935) one of the very first
women to have a successful solo career in country music, she is also
known for challenging the status quo with her music, often by singing
songs of a very personal nature. For instance, she has been very open
about her humble beginnings as a coal miner's daughter (you knew she wrote
a song about it, right?) growing up in the hills of Kentucky.
Though this is a background that many people might be quick to
stereotype (the term hillbilly is not exactly one of endearment) Lynn
has always been proud of her roots and thus has defied commonly held
notions of what it means to be a "country
Sure, some feminists might dismiss Lynn's songs about domestic life
(e.g., "One's on the
Way", which btw was written by Shel Silverstein! Thanks, Wikipedia)
as not really pushing a progressive feminist agenda, but Lynn's songs
about childrearing and married life highlight subjects and give voice to
(primarily women's) issues that are rarely talked about on the
Billboard Charts, even to this day. To me, she has always been a pioneer
when it comes to celebrating the often unsung experiences of many
women. Lynn got married at 13 and had four children by the time she was
19 (she had two more children later in life), and though I personally
can't relate to her story or her songs about it I can imagine there have
been many women over the years who have (and they are great songs, of
But, if that isn't quite enough to sell you on Loretta Lynn, Feminist
Icon, did you know she wrote a hit (and censored) song about birth
control? It's true!
"The Pill" is considered the first major song to mention oral
contraceptives, and in a 1975 interview with Playgirl (yeah, I
guess she did an interview with Playgirl) Lynn says she was
congratulated after the song's success by a number rural physicians who
told her that "The Pill" did a great deal to highlight the availability
of birth control in isolated, rural areas. Way to go, Van Lear Rose!
Of course, one thing about Loretta Lynn that makes her especially
kickass is that she is still a smokin' hot country lady performer at age
75. Do you remember this video from a few years ago? As a Portland
native, I couldn't have been prouder:
How awesome is it that Lynn is wearing her Grand Ole Opry gear and
flirting up a storm with Jack White in this video? I love that she
defies the notion that an older woman can't be sexy, and she does it in a
classy, fun, totally non-"cougar" way (I won't name names, but there
are some older musicians out there who could take a page from the
Loretta Lynn Classy Handbook).
So if you've got a little extra time today, start your week off right
with some Loretta Lynn. She's been speaking out and speaking up for
decades now Ė about childbirth, relationships, birth control, honky
tonks, domestic life, coal mining, and more Ė and if we're lucky she
won't quit anytime soon.
Note: I couldn't quite work it into this post because I haven't read
it, but were you aware that Loretta Lynn (in addition to penning two
autobiographies) wrote an
autobiographical cookbook? Someone buy me a copy of You're
Cookin' It Country, please. I want to learn to make "lemon
Adventures in Feministory: One's on the way by Loretta Lynn
I love her so much. The song 'The Pill' is great, but I would
argue that 'One's on the way' has feminist tendencies. After
descriptions of her hectic household: baby needs changing, laundry needs
to be done, coffee's boiling overóher husband calls from the bar. He
tells her he's bringing a few army buddies home and when she asks him to
pick up some items from the grocery store on the way, the line has
already gone dead.
"Darn, there goes the phone
Hello honey, what's that you say?
You're bringin' a few old army buddies home?
You're callin' from a bar?
Get away from there! No, not you honey
I was talkin' to the baby
Wait a minute, honey, the door bell
Honey, could you stop at the market and...hello?, hello?"
I think she's using the song to point out the lopsided partnership
she's inósomething a lot of women could probably relate to. I suppose
she doesn't make a point of saying she's leaving him (that's in tons of
other songs), but stillóI think she put that in there consciously to
criticize the unequal division of labor.
Sure, she ends the song on this note:
"The girls in New York City, they all march for women's lib
And better homes and garden shows, the modern way to live
And the pill may change the world tomorrow, but meanwhile, today
Here in Topeka, the flies are a buzzin'
The dog is a barkin' and the floor needs a scrubbin'
One needs a spankin' and one needs a huggin'
Lord, one's on the way"
But isn't she just saying many women, while perhaps wanting to, have a
hard time participating in this movement or that metropolitan lifestyle
due to time and money limitations?
George Jone Enjoyed Tour with Loretta and Conway
Q. | With whom have your toured that etched
the greatest memories for you?
A. | I
have toured with so many people that would be hard to say, but I really
enjoyed touring with Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn. He would bring the
house down when the big mirror ball lit up and he said "Hello Darlin'."
Lynn and Haggard set to record
Ask just about any young country artist on the scene today to name their
influences, and they are quick to acknowledge the artistry of Merle Haggard. The
73-year-old icon demonstrates he's still the master on 'I Am What I Am,'
his first album on Vanguard Records. When asked what he does these days for fun, Merle says, "I used to be a
really good golfer and really good bass fisherman, I don't do much of
either one anymore. I kind of talk a good game."
He and Theresa are working on an album together. "It's our tribute to
Johnny and June. That's what we're making right now," he says. Merle is also set to record with Loretta Lynn. "I'm
kind of waiting for her to call me and tell me which way to jump," he
Call for Papers - Performer Spotlight: Sissy Spacek
We are pleased to announce
that after the very successful launch of our Director Spotlight last
year (featuring Pedro Almodovar), PopMatters will be publishing itís
first ever ďPerformance SpotlightĒ on one of the most amazing actresses
of our time, the legendary Sissy Spacek.
Spacek, in case you have been living under a rock, is a six-time
Oscar nominated actress who won the award for Best Actress for her work
as Loretta Lynn in 1980ís Coal Minerís Daughter, in which she
sang all of Lynnís songs herself. We have decided that with her upcoming
performance opposite Robert Duvall in Get Low, her recent turn
as a powerful lobbyist on HBOís Big Love, and her upcoming
network series debut in a new medical drama for CBS, that it is the
right time for a serious revisiting of her overall body of work, with
PopMattersí usual academic, engaging, laser-beam focus.
We are looking for some fairly specific pieces of writing from
interested writers. Each day of the series will look at a different
decade of Spacekís performances, their themes, her co-stars and
collaborators, the critical reaction to her films and performances, and
just about everything in between.
We are seeking nuanced, thoughtful, creative pieces that are heavy on
original, scholarly analysis. If you are interested in writing about a
single film, rather than a decade, we can perhaps work that out, but we
encourage you, if you have an interest in participating in the series,
to take this opportunity to challenge yourself to explore this essential
actressesí canon and tell us about your experience!
For the Monday Ď70s feature it will be mandatory to focus in
depth on Spacekís work with some of the major auteurs of the decade in
the following films: Badlands, Carrie, 3 Women.
In the Ď80s piece on Tuesday the following films must be
considered, as well as Spacekís abrupt exit from leading roles in film
mid-decade: Coal Minerís Daughter, Raggedy Man, Missing, Crimes of
the Heart and Ďnight Mother.
Wednesday will bring the Ď90s essay, which should critically
engage Spacek as an activist and supporting actress and the
writer should be familiar with the following films and include them in
the conversation: The Long Walk Home, JFK, A Place for Annie (TV
movie) The Grass Harp, If These Walls Could Talk, Affliction and The
In the Thursday piece that corresponds Spacekís last decade of
work, the essay will focus on the concepts of aging, the kind of roles
available to Spacek and her contemporaries, and how the actress
shockingly changed the publicís perception of her as a performer with
her revelatory characterization of Ruth Fowler in In the Bedroom.
You are cordially invited to participate in PopMattersí first-ever
Performer Spotlight on Sissy Spacek, a sure-to-be exciting look at one
of film historyís most interesting women. Strict adherence to the due
dates is non-negotiable because of a tight publishing schedule Ė please
do not commit to writing if you canít make the deadlines, this makes
things very tough on the siteís editorís who are juggling a lot of
Loretta's Happy Birthday Song in USA TOP FIVE SONGS
As some of you already know, today is my birthday. My plans are
pretty low-key, though there will be cake, and I might ditch work after
lunch to go to the movies. (Don't tell my boss.)
Before any of
that, though, let me share today's Pop Five, written by yours truly --
it's a list of my favorite birthday tunes. And yes, all of these songs
are kind of old. But who cares? So am I!
My Pop Five Songs
5. What Are We Gonna Do?, Dramarama
-- OK, so it's actually an Earth Day song, not a birthday song
... but I can't help but adore a track that references the day I was
born. I like to think John Easdale wrote the opening
lines just for me: "It's April 21st, and everybody knows today is Earth
Day/Merry Christmas, happy birthday to whoever's being born."
Birthday to Me, Cracker -- "I'm feeling
thankful for the small things today," David Lowry sings
on this upbeat ditty from the band's '92 debut. That's good advice
anytime, but particularly as one ages another year.
The Sugarcubes -- This sparkling single (off 1988's Life's
Too Good) is the track that sparked my decades-long appreciation
2. Happy Birthday, Loretta Lynn
-- Poor Loretta has been done wrong again on this one, and she refuses
to stick around for her mate's special day. If I were him, I'd still be
Birthday, The Smiths -- Why does the cruelest
birthday song make me feel so very happy? Morrissey is
in glorious form here, telling the birthday person he/she is "evil and
you lie and if you should die/I may feel slightly sad but I won't cry."
Something tells me they'd forgive him anyway.
Do you have a
Pop Five list you'd like to share? Send it my way at email@example.com with your
name and city. Look for it on the blog!
Singer Eilen Jewell chats and charms at Tin Angel
By David R. Stampone
For Philadelphia The Inquirer
On the whole, the fine art of stage banter is downright scarce in
today's popular music - a shame. Eilen Jewell, the Boston-based
singer-songwriter and tune-interpreter working freely across the wide
realms of folk, country, blues, and rock and roll, is one performer who
doesn't pass up such opportunity.
Throughout Friday's set with her seasoned three-piece band at the Tin
Angel, she took the time to connect with the crowd and set up songs -
worthy endeavors that also helped establish the Idahonative's unique, low-key charm, bringing even her own
talkativeness into her musing.
After she announced her second top-notch Loretta Lynn
cover of the evening, "Who Says God Is Dead!" (Jewell also sang
Lynn's "The Darkest Day"), it was welcome news to learn that she and the
band had just recorded it for their Lynn-tribute side project, Butcher
Holler, an album due soon.
Billboard Chart Beat Loretta enters #44
MINING ANOTHER HIT:George
Strait isn't the only country legend making chart headlines this
While the King of Country notches a top 10 on Country
Songs in a
record 30th consecutive year, as "I Gotta Get to You" zips 12-9, Loretta
Lynn adds to her legacy with a debut on Country Albums. The singer -
who celebrated her 75th birthday yesterday - returns to the list after
four years and 10 months, as "50th Anniversary Collection" debuts at No.
44. She had last appeared with the No. 2-peaking "Van Lear Rose,"
produced by the White
Stripes' Jack White, in 2004-05.
The new retrospective
expands Lynn's career span on the chart to 46 years, three months and
one week, dating to Jan. 18, 1964, the tally's second week of existence.
An appearance on the first Country Albums chart is enough to give
Cash a one-week lead over Lynn for longest span on the survey. Cash
appears at No. 15 this week with "American VI: Ain't No Grave." He
inaugurated the chart when "Ring of Fire (The Best of Johnny Cash)" led
the maiden list dated Jan. 11, 1964.
Collection" marks Lynn's 59th entry on Country Albums, a sum that
includes 12 duet albums with Conway Twitty, four sets with Ernest Tubb
and one with Dolly Parton and Tammy Wynette. Among women, only Parton
has made more visits to the chart, having tallied 76 charted titles.
The new set commemorates the golden anniversary of Lynn's first
visit to Country Songs. "I'm a Honky Tonk Girl" entered the
then-30-position list at No. 28 on June 13, 1960, eventually peaking at
As she won a new generation of fans by collaborating
with White, Lynn is an esteemed member of the 2010 Lilith Tour lineup.
"I'm happy they wanted me. I have never done shows just with other girl
"When I first started out, they said girl
singers couldn't sell records or concert tickets. We've come a long way
since then, and we're gonna have a big time out there!"
Lime Wire Birthday Beat
2010 marks 50 years since Loretta Lynnís first single ďIím A Honky
Tonk GirlĒ hit the charts. Tomorrow the legendary lady from Butcher
Hollow, KY will celebrate her 75th birthday. At an age when many artists
are slowing down, the same canít be said for Loretta Lynn. Sheís got
not one, but two albums coming out soon. Sheís signed up to join the
Lilith Fair tour this year, and Sony Music will be releasing a
multi-genre salute to her music later this year. With all of that said,
LimeWire Music Blog takes a look at 12 moments that helped to shape the
career of this country music legend!
She wasnít even 13 yet, but young Loretta Webb took the hand of Oliver
Lynn. It would be Oliver, also known as ďMooneyĒ or ďDoolittle,Ē that
would influence the majority of her songs. Though their relationship,
particularly early on, was stormy, make no mistake about it, were it not
for his pushing her and encouraging her, Loretta Lynn might very well
never have become the household name that she became.
Lynn signed with Washington-based record label Zero Records. Her first
release was a self-written song, ďIím A Honky Tonk Girl.Ē Thanks to a
relentless radio tour orchestrated by Loretta and ďMooneyĒ themselves,
the song hit #14 on the Billboard charts. It was the first of
nearly three decades worth of radio hits.
After making the move to Nashville, Lynn signs with Owen Bradley and
country giant Decca Records. Her first single for the label, ďI Walked
Away From The Wreck,Ē fails to chart, but her next record, ďSuccess,Ē
climbs all the way to #6 becoming her first top ten record.
Nobody in Nashville took more of an interest in Lynnís career than
Patsy Cline, and her death in a tragic plane crash took away a very
important mentor. One of Lynnís recording highlights would come some 14
years later when she released an album of Cline standards, I
Already one of the formatís top stars, Lynn records the song that will
become her theme, ďCoal Minerís Daughter,Ē which was also the title of a
well-received 1975 book and movie of the same name. The song originally
contained over 12 verses, but producer Owen Bradley encouraged Lynn to
cut the song down a little, which she did.
Loretta had been a fan of Conway Twitty since his rock Ďní roll days.
When Twitty signed with Decca in 1965, nobody was more happier to have
him as a labelmate than Lynn. The two lobbied Bradley to allow them to
record together, but Bradley didnít want to see the two record and they
split up bitterly. They won the battle, and proved Bradley wrong. The
two recorded together until the early 1980s, later reuniting for a 1988
album and tour.
Loretta made history at the Sixth Annual Country Music Association
Awards, taking home Vocal Duet (with Twitty), as well as Female Vocalist
of The Year, and Entertainer of The Yearóa first for a female vocalist
at the awards.
Many country artists have released successful books, but considerably
fewer have seen their lives on the big screen. In the spring of 1980,
Loretta joined the exclusive club with the release of Coal Minerís
Daughter, the theatrical version of her song and book. It still
stands as one of the best musicals, and netted Sissy Spacek an Oscar for
her role as Lynn, and should have done the same for Tommy Lee Jones for
his unforgettable portrayal of ďMooney.Ē
Loretta always had a unique way of expressing herself, and her reaction
to being named to the Country Music Hall of Fame was classic: She jumped
right into presenter Johnny Cashís arms.
It had been a long and painful road for the Lynns with the declining
health of ďMooney,Ē as he succumbed to diabetes and various other
ailments at the age of 69. Loretta got away from the public eye for a
while, but returned in the fall of 2000 with her Still Country
disc. It contained the stunning tearjerker ďI Canít Hear The Music,Ē
written about ďMooney.Ē
In the new millennium, legends like Johnny Cash had breathed life into
their career by recording with unlikely producers such as Rick Rubin.
For her Interscope release, Van Lear Rose, Loretta turned to
longtime fan and admirer Jack White to serve as producer, and the result
was a well-deserved 2005 Grammy for Best Country Album.
Country & Western Song of the Week
*Country & Western Song of the Week: Portland, Oregon
by Jack White and Loretta Lynn.
*The Minnesota State Senate is considering a proposal
to lift the total alcohol ban at TCF Bank Stadium. Generally I would
fully support a proposal like this. I helped pay for the stadium, so I
should be able to legally drink a beer there as long as I do it
responsibly. Individual liberty, backed by personal responsibility, are
the fundamental values of America. Unfortunately we all know who is
supporting the proposal and what their intentions are. If the proposal
is passed, alcohol sales and service will be limited to the ďpremiumĒ
seats in TCF Bank Stadium and the proletariat will remain dry. I cannot
support that. Flat overpriced beer for all, or for none.
Your thoughts on the Beavers, Target Field, how the Mauer contract
affects the farm system, Portland Oregon, and the TCF Bank Stadium
proposal are welcome in the comments.
Larry Gatlin Makes a classic move
By Tom Roland: Larry hosted the first Classics
show a year ago, and he was greeted back with open arms by one rather
ďOur spotlight artist that night was Loretta [Lynn],Ē Larry recalls. ďAfter the show, she
came over to me and I hugged her and told her how wonderful it was to
see her. She said, ĎI heard a rumor that you were moviní back to town.í I
said, ĎWell, yes míam, Iím gonna come back part-time. I have an
apartment here.í She said, ĎI was so mad at you when you went away. Come
back. We need you.í Well, that was sweet. That was wonderful to think
that this icon, this legend of our business, thinks that country music
could use the Gatlin boys and my songs and our music.
Honky tonk legend Loretta Lynn keeps the country real
By Daniel Durchholz It's been 50 years since Loretta Lynn scored a hit with her very first
recording, "I'm a Honky Tonk Girl." Reminded of the years gone by, the
country superstar seems impressed by her own longevity ó as she should
be "Ain't that something?" Lynn says by phone from her home outside
Nashville. "I couldn't believe it when they told me how long it's
been." Looking back on her hardscrabble beginnings, which found her driving
with her husband, Oliver "Doolittle" Lynn, from one radio station to
another to promote her record, Lynn says, "That's probably when I had
my best time, going from station to station. Now it's way different.
That kind of thing wouldn't happen today." Lynn's remarkable career has included numerous No. 1 hits, including
"Coal Miner's Daughter" (which was also the name of her 1980 Academy
Award-winning biopic), "Fist City," "One's on the Way," "Don't Come
Home a Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)," and "She's Got You." Other
major hits include "You're Lookin' at Country" and "The Pill."Many of those songs, as well as others in her catalog, are gritty,
tough-talking anthems that dealt with real-life situations in a frank
manner, causing Lynn to be praised ó or vilified, depending on your
point of view ó as a trailblazing feminist."'One's on the Way' and 'The Pill,' are the ones that gave me the most
trouble," she says. "You wouldn't think so, 'cause everyone out there
was having babies one after the other. But then (birth control pills)
came out and I wrote the song. And then everybody was taking the pill,
so why should they raise the devil about it?" Lynn raised some eyebrows in Nashville again in 2004 when she let rock
guitarist Jack White produce her most recent album, "Van Lear Rose."
But the album won two Grammy Awards, including best country album, and
became the biggest seller of her careerThe lesson, she says, is that artists need to return to real country music"My stuff is country," she says. "Even when I'm recording with Jack White." In addition to her current tour, which brings her to Rickman Auditorium
in Arnold on Saturday, Lynn's schedule this year will find her playing
some dates on the Lilith Fair tour ó which is wholly appropriate for
someone whose songs have made her an icon of female empowerment.Lynn is also working on a variety of recording projects, including a
duets album with various female pop and country singers, a religious
album and a Christmas album. One thing that is not on her schedule, though, is retirement. "I believe in work," she says. "I always have. I didn't like washing
dishes when I was coming up, and I'd get whipped, so I would do it. But
now, I don't mind work."
America Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Country Great LORETTA LYNN
America Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Country Great Loretta
Lynn's Debut Charting Single With Albums and More During Yearlong
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Marking the 50th anniversary of her first charting single--1960's "I'm A Honky Tonk Girl"--country music great Loretta Lynn received a prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award on this year's January 31st
Grammy broadcast. That honor will serve as just the beginning of a
yearlong celebration of her extraordinary legacy, not only in country
music (16 #1 singles among 51 Top 10s) but in American popular culture.
Growing up in Butcher Holler, Kentucky,
Lynn had four of her six children before she was 18 and was a
grandmother by 29. Yet the coalminer's daughter became the Queen of
Country. She has sung some of the most popular country songs ever
recorded and also some of the most controversial.
was the first woman inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the
first female country artist to have a gold album--titled after her
first #1 single, "Don't Come Home A-Drinkin' (With Lovin' On Your
Mind)"--and the first woman named the Country Music Association's
Entertainer of the Year. The inspiring tale of her life, Coal Miner's Daughter, became a 1976 best-seller. Four years later, the movie version earned seven Oscar nominations, with Sissy Spacek's portrayal of Lynn winning for Best Actress. Ladies Home Journal once listed Lynn among the world's 10 most admired women, alongside the likes of Mother Teresa and Jackie Kennedy.
In 1988, she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame; her
autobiographical "Coal Miner's Daughter" was honored by National Public
Radio in 2000 as one of the "100 most important American musical works
of the 20th century"; and in 2003 she was awarded a Kennedy Center
hits such as "Blue Kentucky Girl," "Fist City," "You Ain't Woman
Enough" and "You've Just Stepped In (From Stepping Out On Me)" presaged
even greater success in the '70s, with "Coal Miner's Daughter," "You're
Looking At Country," "One's On The Way," "Somebody Somewhere (Don't
Know What He's Missin' Tonight)" and "Trouble In Paradise." She didn't
shy away from controversy either. "The Pill," her look at birth
control from a female perspective in 1975, was applauded by the women's
movement while some country radio stations boycotted the song.
Impressively, her partnership with Conway Twitty
created the greatest male-female duo in country history even as she was
solely nominated as CMA Female Vocalist of the Year every year but
three from 1967-1981. For 12 consecutive years, 1971-1982, Twitty and
Lynn were nominated as Vocal Duo of the Year by the CMA and won every
year from 1972-1975. Five of their collaborations hit #1: "After The
Fire Is Gone," "Lead Me On," "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man," "As
Soon As I Hang Up The Phone" and "Feelins'."
Today, Loretta Lynn continues to perform and record, 50 years after she first broke onto the charts as a honky-tonk girl.
the year, special album releases, along with television programming,
are expected, with details to be announced as they become available.
Loretta Gets Lifetime Grammy
Lynn was tending to a sick family member and was unable to attend. Daughters Patsy and Peggy Lynn
represented her. "Peggy and I always said she didn't open doors, she
kicked them off the hinges," Patsy said. "This is her 50th year in
country music, and it couldn't have gotten started any better."
Academy president Neil Portnow called Lynnís voice ďCandid, vulnerable and defiant.Ē
Bradley was part of many of Lynnís records
Loretta Featured in Freedom Hall Book
Will be Released Feb 16th 54 years at Freedom Hall Book and will feature Loretta The ďConcerts for All Musical TastesĒ chapter is terrific, featuring
photographs and stories that remind one of some of the great musical
acts that have played this enormous hall. Reed includes some great
stories from his days covering the venue: The tale about Loretta Lynn
proves especially fascinating, as does the one about Elvis and the
Grammys get it right:
Lynn to get lifetime achievement
It's way past time for Kentucky icon
When ďVan Lear RoseĒ won a Grammy for best country album in 2005, she offered the following nugget in her acceptance speech:ďThe main thing about country music is, I love to sing it,Ē said the
native of Butcher Hollow, Ky. ďAnd there's a lot of people who love to
hear country music.Ē
You could write that off as an empty sound bite, but it actually speaks directly to the phenomenal longevity of Lynn's career.
50 years, as she has traveled from coal miner's daughter to superstar
to icon, Lynn has always kept things pure and simple. She sings
honestly about everyday problems ó rutting husbands and sticky-fingered
women ó while maintaining a decades-long conversation with fans.At this weekend's ceremonies in Los Angeles for the 52nd annual
Grammy Awards, the 75-year-old Lynn is being honored with a Lifetime
Achievement Award. It's about time. The Grammys have always been stingy
toward Lynn, awarding only four when it seems she should have won twice
that in the 1960s and '70s alone.
in 1966, Lynn's classic ďDon't Come Home A-Drinkin'Ē lost to Jeannie
Seely's ďDon't Touch Me.Ē Don't remember that one? Exactly.
1972, Donna Fargo's inane ďHappiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A.Ē won
instead of Lynn's blue-collar tribute, ďOne's On the Way.Ē In 1975,
Lynn's groundbreaking ďThe PillĒ lost to Linda Ronstadt's cover of ďI
Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love with You).Ē
gets worse. ďCoal Miner's Daughter,Ē ďFist City,Ē ďYou're Lookin' At
CountryĒ and ďYou Ain't Woman Enough (To Take My Man)Ē weren't even
this Lifetime Achievement Award is a makeup call ó as they often are ó
it's well-deserved. Odds are, Lynn isn't sweating it either way; her
priorities have always been different from those of other stars.That happens when you grow up in poverty, get married at age 14, have
four kids by the time you're 18, and don't even take up music
professionally until you're 24. This is not the typical path to glory,
but Lynn has long been famous for a stoic acceptance of playing the
hand she has been dealt and moving on.The Depression kept its grip on Butcher Hollow during the 1930s and
'40s. There were no cars or indoor plumbing, and the roads were dirt
and gravel. If you didn't want to work the coal mines you got out,
which is how Lynn ended up a 14-year-old bride in Washington state,
where her husband, Doolittle, found work as a logger.By the time Lynn recorded her first single, ďI'm A Honky Tonk Girl,Ē
the normally daunting task of dealing with a cliqueish and close-minded
music business must have seemed like child's play. She and Doo drove
from Washington to Nashville, stopping at every radio station they
could find along the way to promote the song.
essentially willed the song into a hit, opening several doors in
Nashville, and by 1962, Lynn's career was in overdrive. The hits didn't
stop until the mid-1980s, when a dim-witted version of country that was
heavily laced with middle-of-the-road pop became the flavor of the day.
It was the antithesis of Lynn's blunt, backwoods artistry, and she
retreated from the Top 40 merry-go-round to focus on performing.
reached a new level of street cred with ďVan Lear Rose,Ē produced by
The White Stripes' Jack White. She has been quiet since then, although
she'll be part of this year's revived Lilith Fair tour, and your best
chance to see her remains a visit to the very charming Loretta Lynn
Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., where she appears several times a year
at a large outdoor amphitheater.Hurricane Mills is a direct reflection of Lynn. Her children and
grandchildren perform with her, work at some of the attractions and own
businesses in the area. You can wander into the flea market owned by
her daughter, Betty Sue, and buy any number of things that her mother
has randomly signed (toys, flower vases, photos). There's a replica of
Lynn's log-cabin home in Butcher Hollow. And the land remains largely
untouched, raw and beautiful, a place where you can put your feet in
the water and doze off.
get what you see, in other words. Just like with Loretta and her
unflinching, unself-conscious and unambiguously gorgeous country music.
Reporter Jeffrey Lee Puckett
Loretta CD DO OUT This Fall
A new Loretta Lynn album featuring guest artists from a variety of
genres will be released by Sony Nashville sometime this fall. The
project marks the 50th anniversary of her debut single, "I'm A Honky
Tonk Girl." Reissues of Loretta's 1976 autobiography and movie, Coal
Miner's Daughter, are also due out this year. Loretta is being honored
with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award this weekend in Los Angeles.
Lynn Signs With Sony Nashville
by: Josh Stevens, Country Icon Loretta Lynn has signed with Sony Nashville and is set to release a new Cd in the fall. The Cd will be a real treat as Lynn has been in the recording studio with artists from a variety of genres most will appear on the new Cd. Next month Lynn marks her 50th year in the music business it will be 50 years ago that Honky Tonk Girl was released to radio stations. Lynn is set to release three other Cd's as well one is a re-recorded songs of her greatest hit and some that Lynn herself thought should have been hits as well some rare classics that have not been release onto Cd. also a Gospel Cd and a Christmas Cd will be released at a later date.
LORETTA LYNN ENTERTAINS ARKANSAS CROWD
On Jan. 22, Loretta Lynn and her entourage stopped at the
Reynolds Performance Hall on the campus of the University of
Central Arkansas in Conway. The legendary songstress treated
the audience to one hour of down-home fun and country music.
To a standing ovation, Lynn opened her set with ďThey Donít
Make ĎEm Like My Daddy.Ē Without interruption, she followed
with ďYouíre Lookiní at Country,Ē ďWhen the Tingle Becomes a
ChillĒ and ďI Wanna Be Free.Ē
As flashbulbs flickered throughout the venue, Lynn sat in a
chair and welcomed the crowd to her show. It has been a
tradition in Lynnís career that she often takes audience
requests as opposed to sticking with a permanent set list.
For the most part, Lynn sang whatever the crowd hollered.
Those requests included such staples as ďYou Ainít Woman
Enough,Ē ďFist City,Ē ďDonít Come Home a Drinkiní (With
Loviní on Your Mind),Ē ďThe PillĒ and ďYour Squaw Is on the
This marked Lynnís first live show in three months. The
rustiness could be blamed for Lynnís struggles on ďOneís on
the WayĒ and ďBlue Kentucky Girl.Ē However, the country
superstar was in top form on knockout versions of ďLove Is
the FoundationĒ and ďSheís Got You.Ē
Lynn often interacted with the audience, especially when she
received a request for ďIím a Honky Tonk Girl.Ē
Before performing the song, she said, ďOh Honey, that was
the first song I ever wrote. We put that thing out on the
Zero record label, and zero was what I made on it too!Ē
Additionally, she was very chatty about her late singing
partner, Conway Twitty.
ďI know a lot of yíall remember Conway Twitty,Ē Lynn
commented. ďHe took part of his name from this town. He sure
was a great singer. I loved him, and I miss him.Ē
A little later in the show, rhythm guitarist Bart Hansen
joined Lynn on one of her past duet hits with Twitty. Their
rendition of ďLead Me OnĒ was one of the eveningís biggest
Born in Kentucky, Lynn is among musicís most recognizable
talents. From her rural upbringing to early motherhood to
superstar status, the 75-year-old entertainer has never lost
her desire to please the people that have helped make her a
star. Throughout the night, it was evident by her facial
expressions that her love for being on stage has never
Lynn surrounds herself with a host of fine musicians. Also,
her show is enhanced by harmonies provided by a trio of
backup singers. Near the end, the trio gave Lynn a few
minutes of vocal rest. They performed two songs before
gathering around her for a gospel medley, which was
highlighted by ďWhere No One Stands Alone.Ē
Fittingly, Lynn closed the evening with her signature song,
ďCoal Minerís Daughter.Ē
The concert was a bit of a throwback to country shows of the
past. It was simply an artist, a band and believable music.
Lynn needs no fancy stage design, nor does she require any
up-and-coming stars to open her performance.
Today, her shows are a family affair. Promptly at 7:30, her
son Ernest Ray opened with two songs. He was followed by
three tunes by her twin daughters, known as The Lynns. And
with no intermission, Lynn strolled on stage, giving the
audience exactly what they wanted Ė a country music concert.
Lynn is as country as turnip green
BY CHARLES HAYMES Music icon Loretta Lynn will be appearing at the Reynolds Performance
Hall on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas in Conway on
Friday. Show time is 7:30 p.m.
ďI will be there with bells on,Ē Lynn said in a recent phone interview.
who is as country as turnip greens, makes no bones about her rural
upbringing and way of life. When she sings her hit ďYouíre Looking at
Country,Ē she means it.
ďI couldnít be anything else but
country,Ē the 75-year-old performer stated. ďEven if I tried, I
couldnít do it. I am just plain ole me. What you see is what you get.Ē
rags-to-riches story has been well documented and defines hard work,
ambition and talent. Born in the coal mining district of Kentucky, she
married before her 14th birthday and was the mother of four children
before the age of 18. It wasnít until she was 24 that her husband,
Oliver Lynn, bought her a guitar and she seriously started pursuing a
career in music.
In 1960, she recorded ďIím a Honky Tonk GirlĒ for Zero Records. Her
husband, who was often referred to as ĎDoolittle,í was a driving force
in taking Lynn across the country, encouraging radio stations to play
the song. The success of the single led to a major recording contract
with Decca Records.
At that time, Patsy Cline was one of Decca
Recordsí top artists. Cline took Lynn under her wing and served as a
mentor. However, early in Lynnís career, Cline was killed in a plane
crash. This was a tough blow for Lynn. Later, she gave birth to twins,
naming one of them, Patsy.
ďPatsy was a very special person in
my life,Ē Lynn recalled. ďWhen I lost her, I thought that was the end
of country music. She was a dear friend, and I always do at least one
of her songs in my shows.Ē
Lynn soon became a huge country music
star while scoring numerous hit singles. Lynnís trademark was her
brassy songwriting skills. Songs such as ďYou Ainít Woman Enough,Ē
ďDonít Come Home a Drinkiní (With Loviní on Your Mind),Ē ďFist CityĒ
and ďOneís on the WayĒ stand as prime examples.
ďI didnít really realize that others were not writing like
that,Ē she noted. ďThe songs that told it like it was came natural for
me. It was easy. I just wrote about what I was living.Ē
midst of her success and truthful songwriting, Lynn faced some
criticism with ďThe Pill.Ē In 1975, the song landed in the top five of
the charts, but wasnít accepted by everyone in the industry.
whole lot of radio stations wouldnít play that song, and I couldnít
understand that,Ē she commented. ďEvery woman that I knew was taking
the pill except me, and I had the kids to prove it!Ē
her solo hits, Lynn enjoyed a successful duet career with Conway
Twitty. Together, they had many successful singles, most notably ďAfter
the Fire Is GoneĒ and ďLead Me On.Ē
ďThereís not a day that goes by that I donít miss Conway,Ē she
said. ďWe made a lot of great records together, and he was a true
In 1980, her life hit the silver screen. Titled after
her hit song ďCoal Minerís Daughter,Ē the movie won an Academy Award
and further enhanced Lynnís image.
ďWhen I first heard that they
were going to make a movie about me, I couldnít believe it,Ē Lynn said.
ďI had a big part in putting it all together, and I was the one that
suggested Sissy Spacek to play me in the movie. I thought it was great,
and I thought Tommy Lee Jones did a great job playing my husband. Still
to this day, he hasnít gotten as much recognition for that part as he
Lynn continued to place singles in the charts in the
decade of the 1980ís but stepped out of the limelight when her husband
became ill. He died in 1996.
Without a major recording in some
time, Lynn returned in 2004 with ďVan Lear Rose.Ē The album was edgy
yet honest and garnered droves of critical acclaim.
received countless awards and accolades in her career. On Jan. 31, she
will add one more to her mantle as she receives the Grammyís Lifetime
When asked about the current state of country music, Lynn quickly replied, ďIt ainít country!Ē
Her feelings make a valid point, but one thing is for certain ó the ĎCoal Minerís Daughterí is 100 percent country.
Haymes is a writer from Beebe and a member of both the Country Music
Association and the International Bluegrass Music Association.
Loretta Lynn has been added to the 2010 lineup of the Lilith Fair, the music tour of female performers. Ms. Lynn, Cat Power, Kate Nash, Norah Jones
and Lissie were among the artists announced by the festival producers
this week. The festival also added San Diego, Phoenix and Austin to the
tour. ďI have never done shows with just other girl singers,Ē Ms. Lynn
said in a statement. ďWhen I first started out, they said girl singers
couldnít sell records or concert tickets. Weíve come a long way since
then and weíre gonna have a big time out there!Ē
Gardens plan must aim at greatness
however, nor the garlic bread one, which is even more
unlikely. It did, in fact, involve country-music singer Loretta Lynn.
Yep, the Kentucky coal minerís daughter is credited with words of
wisdom so profound they should be tattooed on the chests of everyone
involved in the redevelopment of Aberdeenís Union Terrace Gardens.
Loretta Lynn said: ďYou have to be first, different or great. If youíre one of them you may make it.Ē
That observation defines beautifully what separates the
somebodies from the nobodies. By implication, it also means that if you
have a grand plan but it isnít first, different or great, you face a
future of relative anonymity, an existence more Primark than Prada. In
other words, you ainít gonna make it.
I have a problem with the arguments raging over the
future of Union Terrace Gardens and that difficulty has been summed up
perfectly by Loretta Lynn. To me, none of the current proposals fully
meets the test of being first, different or great.
The ultimate aim is to be all three, of course. To be
the Wright Brothers, the Beatles, J.K. Rowling or Roger Bannister takes
innovation and skill way above that of most ordinary mortals.
Similarly, to be a Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King or Mother Teresa
with a vision for the future requires a commitment that few of us
Dennis Adkins: Songsmith
By Kim Mason:
The Adkins Brothers with Loretta Lynn. 1968. L to R: Dennis Adkins, Loretta Lynn, Bob Adkins. Submitted photo.
From the beginning of his career, Dennis Adkins has held the respect of
country music royalty. Groomed for performance by Loretta Lynn, he
honed his songwriting skills under the tutelage of Mel Tillis and
penned a number one hit called Ace in the Hole which was recorded by the King of Country, George Strait.
The grandson of a railroad man, Dennis Adkins
was born in 1953 in the small railroad junction town of Corydon,
Indiana. As a child he loved to sing, but when Beatlemania hit, like
many other youngsters, he was inspired to pick up a guitar. His aunt, a
semi-professional ragtime piano player, taught him to play Hound Dog. Bob Adkins also played private clubs as bass player for Ethyl Holland
and the Blue Echoes. (Larry Richardson, lead guitar; Ethyl Holland,
guitar/vocals.) Though only thirteen, when their drummer quit, Dennis
was able to learn to play drums well enough to earn the position. They
performed current hits by performers like Loretta Lynn and Tammy
Wynette and secured a gig at the Moose Lodge every friday. Dennis
recalls ďThe old guy at the door charged a quarter and he kept them in
a cigar box. We got that or $10, whichever was greater. Larry and I
would eat that up in cheeseburgers at the bar.Ē
The weekly radio
show followed a Grand Ole Opry format and aired each Saturday. Two of
their costars each week were Crystal Gayle (then known as Brenda Gayle)
and her sister Peggy Sue. The girls mother and stepfather ran the
station. Their sister, Loretta Lynn was just splitting with the
Wilburn Brothers and was already a star when she started to featured
The Adkins Brothers in her shows. ďIt was my first taste of the big
time. I got to work with lots of the old time Opry acts.Ē recalls
They began to tour with Loretta. ďI was taking it all
in. It was just great to be around something like that. Itís wierd how
you just learn things by hanging out. Some professions you really
canít go to school for because 80% of success is just showing up. It
keeps a lot of people from making it. We always said in Nashville,
ĎYou must be present to winí.Ē
Country Christmas TOP 10 all time Christmas record
6.Loretta Lynn, ďCountry ChristmasĒ ó You could actually pick just about any song from her 1966 album A Country Christmas
and not be sad. Part of the joy of that record is its rarity: it was
the only Christmas album ever released by countryís greatest-ever
female singer-songwriter, which is rather refreshing, considering that
these days artists regurgitate and repackage album after album with
bonus tracks and empty covers. (Come on, George Strait Ö three
Christmas albums?) There are four songs Lynn wrote or co-wrote for it,
including the joyous title track and a great woman-done-wrong song, ďI
Wonít Decorate Your Christmas TreeĒ (the only thing approximating a
YouTube video is this, which I highly recommend.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gp5lQtt9jlU). The album is elevated from
a feel-good slice of rural life to a prized artifact by the
preposterously talented pedal-steel player Hal Rugg.
Van Lear Rose top 5 cd's of the decade
4 Van Lear Rose, Loretta Lynn, with Jack White (2004): White is the
dominant figure of the decade in rock 'n' roll, and here we see the
true extent of his genius. He takes the vintage queen of country and
says genres be damned. Top track: High on a Mountain
Loretta in the top 10 best of the decade
7. ďVan Lear RoseĒ Loretta Lynn
By the time Jack White got to her, Loretta Lynn had nothing to
prove. Sheíd already punched her ticket as one of the greatest country
singers of all time. Perhaps thatís what makes ďVan Lear RoseĒ so
special. That Lynn was willing to step outside her comfort zone to make
a decidedly hard-charging record speaks to her desire not to go
gracefully into that good night. While there arenít any songs as great
as ďD-I-V-O-R-C-EĒ or ďRated X,Ē this album is full of near-classics.
From the barroom romp of ďPortland, OregonĒ to the desperate plea of
ďHave Mercy,Ē the album pushes her great storytelling into a more
classic rock zone.
Of snowness and of sleeves: 15 strange holiday songs that deserve to be Christmas classics
7. Loretta Lynn, ďTo Heck With Ole Santa ClausĒ (1966) Loretta
Lynnís sweet country songs have always had a bit of a nasty edge, from
the brutal kiss-off of ďFist CityĒ to the no-means-no anthem ďDonít
Come Home A-Drinkiní.Ē This deceptively sweet-sounding holiday number,
penned by Lynn herself, contains the fury of a woman scorned at
Christmas: After getting stiffed for a present, she threatens jolly olí
St. Nick with a panoply of revenge scenarios, including falling in the
snow, receiving a beating, and getting burned to death after he comes
down the chimney. Hopefully her husband got the message.
Tired of Christmas 'favorites'? Try these different holiday tunes
ďTo Heck With Ole Santa Claus,Ē by Loretta Lynn. Santa didnít
bring the music legend what she wanted last year. So this year, she
says, ďWhen he dashes through the snow, I hope he falls.Ē Let that be a
lesson: Do not get on the bad side of a coal minerís daughter.
Loretta Lynn feels 'great,' is recovering from flu
NASHVILLE, Tenn. ó Country music legend Loretta Lynn is "feeling
great" and planning a trip to her home in the Bahamas over the
holidays, according to her daughter Patsy Lynn Russell.
have circulated on the Web about Lynn's declining health after she
canceled her four remaining shows this year because of the flu.
Russell says Lynn will return to the U.S. in late January to resume touring She will head to Los Angeles at the end of January to receive her
Lifetime Achievement Grammy from the Recording Academy. Other honorees
at the Jan. 30 ceremony include Michael Jackson, Leonard Cohen, Bobby
Darin, Andre Previn, and Clark Terry. They will also be recognized
during the Grammys on Jan. 31, airing live on CBS.
Leadership lessons from Obama, mismanagement tips from Scrooge
.S. President Barack Obama was
criticized for dithering, taking too long to formulate his Afghanistan
policy. But leadership expert Michael Watkins, writing on Harvard
Business School's blogs, views it as a 'deeply deliberative'
decision-making process that offers lessons for managers everywhere: POWER POINTS
Tip from a coal miner's daughter
Marketing advice from country singer Loretta Lynn: "You either have to be first, best, or different."The Planning Shop Report
Another Nashville mainstay, musician and Country Music Hall of Fame member Harold Bradley,
will receive a Trustees Award, along with Walter C. Miller, longtime
television producer and director of such specials as the CMA, Tony and
A special invitation-only ceremony will be held on Jan. 30, 2010, and
formal acknowledgment of all of the Special Merit Award winners will be
made during the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards telecast on Jan. 31, 2010,
set to air live on CBS at 8:00 PM ET
Lynn, Bradley win Grammy awards
Thursday, December 10, 2009 Ė Loretta Lynn and Harold Bradley
were among those honored by the Recording Academy with special awards.
Lynn received, along with Leonard Cohen, Bobby Darin, David "Honeyboy"
Edwards, Michael Jackson, Andre Previn and Clark Terry, Lifetime
Achievement Award. Bradley took a Trustees Award along with Florence
Greenberg and Walter C. Miller.
AKG and Thomas Alva Edison were Technical Grammy Award honorees.
The special invitation-only ceremony will be held during Grammy
Week on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010, and a formal acknowledgment will be
made during the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards telecast in Los Angeles.
Three-time Grammy winner Lynn has been in the industry for nearly 50 years. She gained success when her 1960 debut single I'm A Honky Tonk Girl became a huge hit. Throughout her illustrious career, Lynn has had more than 70 hits including You Ain't Woman Enough,Don't Come Home A-Drinkin' (With Lovin' On Your Mind) and Coal Miner's Daughter,
which was also the name of her autobiography that was later adapted
into a Hollywood film. In 1971, she began a professional partnership
with fellow country artist Conway Twitty and the pair became one of the
most successful duos in country history. In 2004, at the 47th Annual
Grammy Awards, Lynn won a pair of Grammys for her collaboration with
Jack White on the album "Van Lear Rose."
Loretta Lynn earns Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
Another Country Music Hall of Famer, guitarist Harold Bradley,
is also getting a big prize from the Grammy folks: He'll receive a
Trustees Award during the same January 30 event. (Bradley, by the way,
played on many of Lynn's biggest hits, and his brother, Owen Bradley,
was Lynn's producer of choice.)
Carrie Underwood Special
he real theme of the show, a mix of songs performed in front of a
studio audience and taped bits of comedy, was, as she put it, ďa
behind-the-scenes look at my life.Ē These included jolly little japes
that played on Underwoodís supposed Hollywood innocence, such as trying
to set up her sister Stephanie with dates that included Carson Kressley
and a Johnny Depp impersonator. Underwoodís mom and dog Ace also got
their brief, starring moments. Underwoodís own best funniness was a
fake-flashback that showed her stuffing envelopes with cash for the Idol judges before her 2005 win.
Also highly amusing was Carol Leifer (hello, Carol!) playing
Underwoodís manager, ďGwen Lefkowitz.Ē She had best line of the night,
re Carrie: ďItís like hearing Bible verses come to life.Ē
Musical high points included ďWhat Can I Say,Ē performed with the
sharp young trio Sons of Sylvia. There was also a fine Carrie duet with
Brad Paisley, with whom she sang while he was performing somewhere else
and projected on a screen above Underwood. It could have been awkward;
instead, it sounded terrific. Of course, it helped that the song they
chose, ďLouisiana Woman, Mississippi Man,Ē was the fine 1973 hit for a
classic country twosome, Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn. Toward the
end, Underwood also delivered some fine Christmas songs, including
ďJesus Take The WheelĒ and ďO Holy Night.Ē
night, Kinston jumped the broom with a new mayor. While many feel this
is the dawning of a new era, Iím more of the mind that this is a
temporary blip of optimism.
I donít know him, but B.J. Murphy seems like a nice and capable man,
but so were his opponents. All things being equal, if he turns out to
be the greatest mayor in the history of the universe, how much can he
do? Will Kinston be brimming with Starbucks and other overpriced
businesses heretofore only allowed to flourish in havens of disposable
income like Raleigh and Charlottte? Of course not.
I know nothing about the law, except that when a judge tells you to
stay at least 1,000 feet away from country music legend Loretta Lynn,
youíd sure better do it. So what if I wrote Mrs. Lynn a fan letter a
day for 22 years?
It shouldnít be illegal for a grown man to ask a grown woman to
autograph his tub of Crisco, even if it happens to be outside of her
husbandís memorial service? I think itís what Doo would have wanted.
Youíve done the Doo, Loretta, now move on.
As far as the legality of the annexation, the residentsí attorney
will probably get the annexation thrown out on the aforementioned
technicalities, but that doesnít mean the Kinston City Council canít or
wonít hire somebody with a sixth grade education to draft it again in
2010, which means another year of anger, frustration, and lawyersí fees.
Global Debt Crisis
"Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die." ~ Loretta Lynn
Loretta was singing about kicking the bucket. Kicking the can is
what people do before they kick the bucket. It is also what Congress
does before Treasury bills kick the bucket.
It has become clear to millions of voters around the world that
their national governments have not offered statistically viable
solutions to the looming budget deficits. These deficits threaten to
consume more than the future revenues available to the various national
governments to fulfill their long-term promises and welfare programs
Central bankers can call this to a halt at any time by ceasing to
purchase assets. This would stabilize the monetary base, at least until
banks started failing, thereby contracting M1. This would produce a
depression. Politicians say they want solutions to the budget deficit
problem, but the political price is the replacement of incumbents by
newly elected politicians who campaigned on a call for an end to the
Everybody wants to go to heaven: stable money, rising employment,
and economic growth. But nobody wants to walk through the valley of the
shadow of death: Great Depression 2.
Behind The Scenes With Country Music's Biggest Stars
"IN THE SPOTLIGHT WITH ROBIN ROBERTS:
BRIGHT LIGHTS. BIG STARS. ALL ACCESS NASHVILLE" AIRS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER
10 on ABC Exclusive Access with Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw,
Martina McBride, Loretta Lynn, Rosanne Cash and Vince GillThe star-power continues on "In The Spotlight", with a report on the
next generation of country music royalty... the young singers like
Tayla Lynn, grand-daughter of Loretta Lynn, and Jenny Gill, daughter of
Vince Gill, who are trying to mix talent and a famous last name as a
formula for success in Nashville. Roberts travels to Hurricane Mills,
TN for a rare interview with the original coal miner's daughter,
Loretta Lynn, and also speaks to country star Rosanne Cash, daughter of
Johnny Cash, and inheritor of what is arguably the biggest country
music legacy of all time. The report examines both the positive and
negative effects of being related to a legend. Finally, "In The
Spotlight" asks Americans to answer the question country music fans
have been asking for years. What's the Greatest Country Song of All
Time? In this fun, musical trip down memory lane, "In The Spotlight"
hears from fans, the biggest stars of country from Taylor Swift
to Rascal Flatts, and even from the nation's "Country Music Fan in
Chief", President Barack Obama. Viewers around the country will have
the chance to go to abcnews.com to cast their vote. The winning song
will be revealed the following morning on ABC News' "Good Morning
America" (7:00 to 9:00am on ABC)
Loretta talks about her granddaughter and the "Lynn" last name.
The legendary Loretta Lynn dusts off her cowboy boots for Robin Roberts
in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. Lynn and her family talked with Roberts for a new
country music special, airing Nov. 10 on ABC. (Donna Svennevik/ABC)
Candid Conversations With Country Music's Hottest Stars and Up-and-Comers ABC's Primetime TV Special, 'In The Spotlight With Robin Roberts,' Will Air Nov. 10
Meanwhile, the next generation of country music royalty isn't waiting
in the wings. Young singers including Tayla Lynn, granddaughter of
Loretta Lynn, and Jenny Gill, daughter of Vince Gill, mix their talent with their famous last names to succeed in Nashville. In addition to the TV special, additional exclusive interview footage,
videos, photos and music will be available at a new, special section at
ABC wants to hear from you, too. Go online and cast your vote beginning
Oct. 30. Then, on Nov. 11., the winning song will be revealed on "Good Morning America."
After more than four decades in show business, Loretta Lynn knows her limits.
Would she consider a guest mentor spot on ďAmerican IdolĒ? Sure.
ďDancing With the StarsĒ? Not so much.
ďI canít dance my way out of a paper bag,Ē she said in a recent phone interview.
known for her hit single ďCoal Minerís DaughterĒ and the memoir and
film of the same title, comes to the RiverCenter for the Performing
Fans should bring their request lists to the show.
ďWhatever they want to hear, they can holler it out,Ē she said. ďIíve never planned the show.Ē
The approach reflects Lynnís career, defined largely by the singerís connection with her listeners.
Lynn was born in Kentucky, and watched her father earn a living as a coal miner.
She married her husband ó nicknamed ďDooĒ ó when she was barely 14.
The pair later traveled across the country promoting Lynnís music.
Soon, thanks in part to Patsy Clineís influence, Lynnís musical uniqueness surfaced.
like ďYou Ainít Woman Enough (to Take My Man)Ē and ďI Wanna Be FreeĒ
spoke to the ordinary woman ó the one concerned with sustaining a
family and a sense of self.
As a guest on ďThe Dick Frost Show,Ē Lynn famously dozed off while listening to feminist Betty Friedan talk theory.
breed of female empowerment focuses more on emotions ó the same gritty
sense of identity that characterizes contemporary country songs like
Carrie Underwoodís ďBefore He CheatsĒ and Miranda Lambertís ďGunpowder
Since entering the music scene in the early í60s, Lynn has seen plenty of changes within her genre.
to crossover success, country music stars now win awards on MTV ó well,
assuming they can tolerate an outburst from Kanye West.
(Lynnís take on West interrupting Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards: ďHe didnít need to be doing that.Ē)
Lynnís reaction to country musicís expanding appeal?
think itís good,Ē she said. For her 2004 release, ďVan Lear Rose,Ē Lynn
teamed with producer Jack White of rock act the White Stripes.
the surface, Whiteís rocker image seems like an odd contrast to Lynnís
country roots, but the album got rave reviews ó including a Grammy.
Lynn said sheís still friends with White, but heís hard to reach.
ďHeís out of town most of the time,Ē Lynn said.
She hopes to lure White with chicken and dumplings, maybe some bread.
The comment echoes Lynnís popular simplicity.
the music industryís bright lights and reality TV stars, the singer
brings her audiences the kind of comfort that comes with a home-cooked
After all, Lynn isnít too picky about the legacy she leaves ó ďas long as they can say Iím a good person,Ē she said.
special to the ledger-enquirer
Loretta Lynn, known for her hit single ďCoal Minerís DaughterĒ and the
movie it inspired, performs at the RiverCenter Saturday.
IF YOU GO
What: Loretta Lynn
Where: RiverCenter for the Performing Arts
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Wearing her crown lightly:
Loretta Lynn, country queen, retains her just-folks appeal
any fan will tell, Loretta Lynn wears fluffy, puffy, elaborately
detailed gowns on stage. Are they comfortable? ďThey really are,Ē Lynn
says. ďThe only thing I hate about them, theyíre so heavy. They have
rhinestones on the top of them, and on the bottom of them. They
probably weigh 10 pounds. If they feel too heavy, Iíll sit down.Ē
Picture the Coal Minerís Daughter at home, chatting with a reporter for the umpteenth time in her career.
"I have my hair tied up in a fat towel," Loretta Lynn, 74, reveals. "I put a rinse on it."
The homey warmth and down-to-earth honesty youíd expect from this
Nashville icon are much in evidence, even over the phone. But Lynn
sounds slightly scattered at the moment, less than an hour before a
Her personal assistant, Tim Cobb, comes in, and thereís some talk about gardening.
"Heís out in the yard weed-eating," Lynn says with a chuckle. "I like to get out in the yard, every now and then."
Also, the star says sheís coping with a "little headache" ó nothing
like the back and shoulder problems she endured three years ago ó and
the soothing power of the medicine hasnít hit her yet.
"Iím good, no problems at all," Lynn says. "For the last few years, Iíve probably felt better than when I was 40."
No wonder, then, sheís hitting the road this fall, playing a handful
of dates each month until mid-December. One of those concerts is set
for Friday, Oct. 16, at Birminghamís Alys Stephens Center, where Lynn will appear with her longtime band, the Coal Miners.
Her tour dates tend to be family affairs, featuring one of Lynnís
sons, guitarist Ernest Ray; two daughters, twin singers Patsy and
Peggy; and one granddaughter, singer Tayla.
"I donít have to work, so I work when I want to," Lynn says. "I stay
home and it bothers me. Iím working pretty hard this month. But I have
it good on the road now, not like when I started. I have my bus fixed
up just like a home, with five TVs in it. Thereís a complete kitchen, a
complete bathroom and a half-bathroom. Itís all my own."
At this point, of course, itís impossible for Lynn to present all of
her hits during a single show. But she understands what listeners
expect and crave: No. 1 singles such as "Fist City," "Coal Minerís
Daughter," "Sheís Got You" and "Donít Come Home Aí Drinkiní (With
Loviní on Your Mind)."
Lynn also delves into her long list of signature songs: "Youíre
Lookiní at Country," "Here I Am Again," "When the Tingle Becomes a
Chill" and "You Ainít Woman Enough (To Take My Man)."
During the 1960s and í70s, the frank nature of her lyrics caused
Lynn to be a controversial figure in the country-music industry; she
wasnít afraid to talk about touchy subjects such as sex, adultery or
"It didnít bother me one bit, because it was true-to-life," she says. "Everybody was doing it, so why not put it into a song?"
A feisty stance comes naturally to her, yet Lynn says much of her recent material takes a more spiritual approach.
"I think Iíve mellowed out some," she says. "Some of the songs are
religious: ĎYou Donít Prayí and ĎThank God for Jesus.í Thatís such an
easy title, but no oneís ever wrote it. I
had about five songs started for another album, but I just hadnít
finished them. Every time, I sat down, I couldnít do it. So Iíve been
working with a kid, Shawn Camp. He wrote a lot of hits, and he finished
them for me. I like working with him."
Loretta Lynn at the Grand Ole Opry in 1995. She made her first appearance at the Opry in 1960. (AP / Mark Humphrey)Camp,
a singer, guitarist and fiddler, has roots as a bluegrass sideman and
cuts recorded by the likes of Garth Brooks, Randy Travis, Guy Clark and
Brooks & Dunn. Lynn says theyíre developing other tunes with
relationship themes, about male-female struggles and the possibility of
"But Iím kind of making it a little easier to listen to," she says.
"You know, I write things, throw it out and put it in the garbage can.
Sometimes I drag it out again."
Fans can expect two new recordings from Lynn fairly soon, although sheís not specific about the release dates.
"The religious album first," she says, "then Iím re-recording some of the songs that have been to No. 1. I have 37 of them."
In the meantime, Lynn contributed tracks to the latest records by
Elvis Costello and Todd Snider, co-writing "I Felt the Chill Before
Winter Came" (on Costelloís "Secret, Profane and Sugarcane") and "Donít
Tempt Me" (on Sniderís "The Excitement Plan"). She sang a duet with
Snider, as well.
"Todd Snider is such a great kid," Lynn says. "Heíd say, ĎIíll sit
here and watch you write. He thinks everything I do is great. And Iíd
be, ĎHelp me here, buddy.í"
Also on the horizon: Another cookbook from Lynn, similar to the one
published in 2004, "Youíre Cookiní It Country: My Favorite Recipes and
"Everybody loves the stories in that," Lynn says, "so Iíll have to
do more. You know, my husband threw out my cooking for the first six
months. But I learned pretty fast."
Learning how to pace herself as the queen of country was more
difficult, as Lynn famously revealed in the two volumes of her
autobiography. She's got that part down as a senior citizen, though,
and has no intention of stopping.
"Maybe 20 years from now," Lynn says, "Iíll retire."
Loretta Lynnís Earned Her Work Schedule
Anyone whoís seen the Loretta Lynn biopic Coal Minerís Daughter
knows she earned her first hit single when she and her husband, Oliver
ďDoolittleĒ Lynn, drove around the country visiting radio stations in a
That was in 1960. Almost 50 years later, sheís still working
regularly, though she gets to pick and choose when, where and how often
ďI donít have to work, so I work when I want to,Ē she told The
Birmingham News. ďI stay home and it bothers meÖ But I have it good on
the road now, not like when I started. I have my bus fixed up just like
a home, with five TVs in it. Thereís a complete kitchen, a complete
bathroom and a half-bathroom. Itís all my own.Ē
Not that the road is the only place she
works. Lorettaís developoing a gospel album, sheís re-recording many of
her earlier hits, and sheís been co-writing with Shawn Camp, whose
composing credits include Garth Brooksí ďTwo Pina Coladas,Ē George Straitís ďRiver Of LoveĒ and Josh Turnerís ďFirecracker.Ē
Despite penning such classics as ďCoal Minerís Daughter,Ē ďDonít
Come Home AíDrinkiní (With Loviní On Your Mind)Ē and ďYou Ainít Woman
Enough,Ē Loretta doesnít just crank the songs out. They undergo
numerous drafts before they reach the public.
ďI write things, throw it out and put it in the garbage can,Ē she said. ďSometimes I drag it out again.Ē
Lorettaís work as a writer paid off with an induction last year into
the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Sheís also been a member of the Nashville
Songwriters Hall of Fame since 1983.
Her upcoming road work includes shows Friday in Birmingham and
Saturday in Columbus, Ga. She takes her homey bus next week to Ontario
Elvis To Sing with Loretta
Loretta Lynn co-wrote a song for the new album by Todd Snider. Don't Tempt Me is on The Excitement Plan, out now on Yep Rock. The
two got together after Lynn specifically asked for Snider as a writing
partner. Their sessions produced three songs, the one on Snider's album
and one that will be on Lynn's upcoming LP where she'll sing it with
Elvis Costello. That's right I said LP Lynn will be putting a true to real LP out as well as a CD on this next project scheduled to be released around December Lynn is also working on a CD of new Christmas songs one of the songs is about a cheating reindeer can't wait to hearthis one. Lynn is also working on a new a Gospel CD and a remake CD of all her classic number one hit's and some that she feels should have always been number including some of her very first song she ever wrote.
Southern Woods Rider Inc. is proud to announce the
12th Annual Fall Trail Ride at the Loretta Lynns Ranch. Southern Woods
Rider continues the strong tradition of the fall ride in the education
of participants on safety and trail etiquette while continuing to bring
riders of all ages exhilarating riding opportunities. All ATV and Dirt
Bike riding responsible individuals and families are welcome to attend.
Preregistration fee: Adults $40.00 Ė Children 12
yrs. and younger $25.00 Fee at the event: Adults $50.00 Ė Children 12
yrs. and younger $35.00
**NEW** Sunday only at the event fee: Adults $45.00 Ė Children 12 yrs. and younger $30.00
Best hand winning $150.00. There will be a mandatory
short riders meeting at 7:30 pm with last rider out 8:15 pm. Lights are
required and imaginative battery operated lights are encouraged as long
as you can see in the dark. This activity is weather permitting and
available to event participants only. A $5.00 entry fee will be taken
at riders meeting before the run.
KTM demo rides
Southern Woods Rider is excited to announce that KTM
North American will return to this yearís Fall Trail Ride. To help
celebrate the 12th Annual event KTM will have their big orange Support
Semi with large selection of bikes and ATVs for all participants to
explore. Demo rides on a few of the popular models will be offered
Friday and Saturday from 9:30 am 12:00 pm and from 1:00 to 2:30 pm.
Look for the KTM semi during the event for more details.
Thursday October 15, 2009 registration Ė 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Friday October 16, 2009
Registration Ė 7:00 am to 12:00 pm & 4:00 pm to
6:00 pm MANDATORY Riders Meeting Ė 8:30 am and/or 10:00 am FRIDAY NIGHT
POKER RUN Ė 7:30 pm Saturday October 17, 2009 Registration Ė 7:00 am to
12:00 pm MANDATORY Riders Meeting Ė 8:30 am and/or 10:00 am BBQ Family
Banquet Ė 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Sunday October 18, 2009
Registration Ė 7:00 am to 11:00 am
MANDATORY Riders Meeting Ė 8:30 am and/or 10:00 am weather Permitting
the trail head opens all three days at 9:00 am and closes at 3:00 pm Ė
This event is Rain or Shine.
Southern Woods Rider supports the principle of Tread Quietly, Lightly and Legally.
Motor Cycle/ATV riding is an inherently dangerous
sport. Southern Woods Rider Inc. is not responsible for any injuries
you receive during their sponsored events, or any other activates of
SWRís you attend. Always ride with caution and use all available
protective gear to minimize the possibility of injuries.
ABC Robin Roberts Interviews Loretta Lynn
GMA Good Morning America was at the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills Tn On Saturday Night interviewing Lynn for a up coming piece on GMA Roberts also attending Lynn's Ranch Concert Lynn's Son Ernest Ray and the Coal Miner's and the Lynn's opened the show before America's Country Sweetheart Loretta Lynn herself came out and wowed the crowed even though her eye was bothering her from surgery she had Lynn joked saying the whole world looks a lot better when you can't see clearly.Lynn did all the classics from Honky Tonk Girl to Patsy Cline's She's Got You. Tayla Lynn one of Loretta's grand daughter's came out and put a new twist on Lynn's Hit Rated X and then then went into Mad Mrs Leroy Brown for Lynn's acclaimed 2004 cd Van Lear Rose. Lynn was also stated that she is in the studio recording with her daughter Cissie Lynn and her Husband John Beams.
Loretta Lynn Invites Robbie Thomas to Do Special Readings at Her Home
Loretta Lynn invites acclaimed psychic Robbie Thomas to join her and friends for an inspiring event on her peaceful yet haunted Tennessee estate. After receiving an invite from Loretta's manager, Patsy Lynn, at the request of Loretta, Robbie followed up with a phone discussion in which he and Loretta spoke about possibly televising the event. Robbie says that during the conversation with Loretta he knew he had connected with a powerfully wise and spiritual soul and was humbled that such a presence as Loretta Lynn would invite him and his talents to do a reading of her home and life.
Loretta Lynn - singer, songwriter and 'Coal Miner's Daughter' who inspired the film and #1 hit song by the same name - is a beloved icon of the American music industry and American history. Loretta continues to tour and perform to sell-out crowds across the country.
Watch here at the Robbie Thomas official web site for further information on this event.
For more information about the lovely Loretta Lynn and her tour dates, follow the links below.
Loretta Lynn: A Songwriter of Uncommon Vision & Depth
When Her late producer and record-label chief Owen Bradley called Loretta Lynn ďthe female Hank Williams,Ē he was referring to her striking originality as a writer-artist.
True, her clarion-call voice is one of country musicís most distinctive. But what truly sets Loretta Lynn apart is her songwriting ability. As her self-penned Van Lear Rose collection demonstrated in 2004, she is a composer of uncommon vision and depth.
A BMI affiliate for 49 years, Lynn launched her career in 1960 with her
self-composed ďIím a Honky Tonk Girl.Ē The song brought her to
Nashville and was her springboard to stardom. When Bradley signed her
to Decca Records, he realized at once that she had a highly personal
and singular style as a writer. He encouraged this individuality.
So she was soon topping the charts with feisty female classics she
wrote, including ďYou Ainít Woman EnoughĒ (1966), ďDonít Come Home a
DrinkiníĒ (1966), ďWhat Kind of Girl (Do You Think I Am)Ē (1967), ďFist
CityĒ (1968), ďYour Squaw Is on the WarpathĒ (1968), ďYou Wanna Give
Me a LiftĒ (1970), ďI Wanna Be FreeĒ (1971) and ďYouíre Lookiní at
ďI was the first one to write it like the
women lived it,Ē she said of her forceful songs. ďProbably I was
different in writing about things that nobody would even talk about in
public. I didn't realize that they didn't. I thought, ĎWell, gee, this
is what's going on; I'll write about it.í I was writing about life.
And, of course, I had a lot of songs banned.Ē Singles like 1969ís
ďWings Upon Your Horns,Ē 1972ís ďRated XĒ and 1975ís ďThe PillĒ were
all considered controversial.
Although best known for her
chin-out, self-assertive numbers, Lynnís songs cover a much wider
range. She wrote for all 29 albums she created between 1962 and 1974,
crafting gospel pieces, Christmas tunes, duets with Ernest Tubb and
songs in a variety of other styles. Consider the diversity of such hit
Lynn compositions as 1969ís ďTo Make a Man,Ē 1966ís ďDear Uncle SamĒ
and 1970ís ďI Know How.Ē
She also wrote for others, notably Tubbís ďIím Gonna Make Like a SnakeĒ (1968), Charlie Louvinís ďSittiní BullĒ (1970), sister Crystal Gayleís
disc debut ďIíve Cried the Blue Right Out of My EyesĒ (1970) and tunes
for The Wilburn Brothers, Warner Mack, sister Peggy Sue and brother Jay
Lee Webb. In all, there are more than 150 songs in Lynnís BMI catalog.
To spotlight its starís talent, Decca titled a 1970 LP Loretta Lynn Writes ĎEm and Sings ĎEm . She drove the point home with her very next single, her autobiography in song, ďCoal Minerís Daughter.Ē
Her best-selling book and Oscar-winning film of the same title
chronicled her rise from Appalachian poverty, marriage at age 13,
career exhaustion and ultimate triumph. They also made Loretta Lynn an
international idol in the 1970s.
She continued to appear on the country charts throughout the 1980s. She provided ďWouldnít It Be GreatĒ to her 1993 Honky Tonk Angels trio album with Dolly Parton and Tammy Wynette. She also wrote songs for her 2000 comeback CD Still Country , including ďI Canít Hear the Music,Ē her moving elegy to husband ďMooneyĒ Lynn, who died in 1996. The acclaimed 2004 Van Lear Rose CD found her at a new peak of her powers as a tunesmtih.
Loretta Lynn entered the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1983 and
the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988. Now she becomes one of the rare
songwriters who have been named a BMI Icon. But this legendary ladyís
head has never been turned by accolades and honors.
no star,Ē she has said. ďA star is something up in the night sky.
People say to me, ĎYouíre a legend.í Iím not a legend. Iím just a
Written by Robert K. Oermann
Costello: 'Secret, Profane...,' 4.5 stars
"I Felt the Chill Before the Winter Came," a co-write with the great
Loretta Lynn, is devastating country gold, from the opening line,
"Well, there's a difference in the way that you kiss me." And Costello
knows enough to undersell the pathos in his vocal where a lesser singer
would have poured it on too strong.
Song Writer Johnny Mullins Dies
Johnny Mullins, the soft-spoken, songwriting school janitor who crooned
his way to a Grammy Award nomination, died at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday in
Springfield. But it was his country chart hit, " By age 57, Mullins had nearly 30 popular singles and record album cuts
including "Success" by Loretta Lynn, and religious hits like "Move Up a
Little Closer" by several quartets.By age 57, Mullins had nearly 30 popular singles and record album cuts
including "Success" by Loretta Lynn, and religious hits like "Move Up a
Little Closer" by several quartets. Blue Kentucky Girl," recorded by
Emmylou Harris, that won him an invitation to the Grammy Awards in
1980. (The song lost to Kenny Rogers' "You Decorated My Life.")Mullins told the News-Leader when "Blue Kentucky Girl" was climbing the
charts in 1979: "I'm a custodian first and a songwriter second. I don't
seek publicity. I just hope they play the fire out of my songs and
mention my name every once in a while."
Jack and the Stones
There's a rumor floating around that the Stones might be looking to
raw-boned rocker Jack White to produce their next record. Mr. White is
known as a performer with the White Stripes, Raconteurs and Dead
Weather, but he's also a formidable producer.
His work a few years back with Loretta Lynn resulted in an amazing
record that redefined the Queen of Country and reminded fanshow she
got that title.
Loretta Lynn to be inducted into George D. Hay Music Hall of Fame
by Linda Ward
From the poverty of the hills
of Butcher Hollow, Ky., to an icon in the country music world, Loretta
Lynn is a true country music star who forged the way for strong,
independent women in country music. Whether it was on stage in her
neighborhood church or the Grand Ole Opry, on the big screen or the
small screen, Lynn has won the hearts and devotion of all country music
Her career began in local clubs where, backed by a band led
by her brother, Jay Lee Webb, Lynn sang her own songs. Her first
single, ďIím a Honky Tonk Girl,Ē was recorded on the Zero Record
Company label, started by Norm Burley just to record Lynn. The 1959
(should be 1960) single became a hit due to the hard work of Lynn and her husband,
Oliver ďMooneyĒ Lynn, as they sent out thousands of copies to radio
stations and traveled from station to station urging the disk jockeys
to play the song. This attracted the attention of the Wilburn brothers
who invited Loretta Lynn to tour with them in 1960 and advised her to
move to Nashville.
After five decades, Lynn is still entertaining
and continues to entrance audiences. She has given a voice to womenís
concerns through songs like ďFist City,Ē and ďYou Ainít Woman Enough,Ē
as well as ďDonít Come Home AíDrinkiní (with Loviní on Your Mind).Ē
biography posted on her official website said, ďSuch hits were early
hints of Lorettaís undeniably strong female point of viewóa perspective
unique at the time both to country music specifically and to pop music
generally and a trend in her music that became further pronounced as
she began to write more of her own songs. In her first self-penned song
to crack the Top 10, 1966ís ĎDear Uncle Sam,í Loretta presented herself
as a woman who was going to fight to keep what was important to her,
even if that meant questioning the wisdom of her government. Indeed,
ĎDear Uncle Samí was among the very first recordings to recount the
human costs of the Vietnam WarÖ(The song made a return to Lynnís live
sets with the coming of the Iraq war.)Ē
Loretta Lynnís story came
to life in her book and the motion picture ďCoal Minerís DaughterĒ that
told of her childhood struggle and the adult success. In her country
music career she can count 52 top 10 hits and 16 number ones. Through songs like ďYouíre Lookiní at CountryĒ and her gospel music she
has spoken her heart, her George D. Hay Music Hall of Fame nomination
October Song Fest At Loretta Lynn's Ranch Sign Ups
Folks from all over are invited to come to Loretta
Lynns Ranch at Hurricane Mills for three days of camping, food and fun
this October 2-4. The October Fest at Loretta Lynns Ranch is several
events in one. Its 3 days of live music performances, dancing, Classes,
Door Prizes. Canned Goods and Pie judging. Games booths and more.
Songwriters from the novice to the pro will share their original songs
on multiple outdoor stages. Hit Writers from the past, present and
future will be showcasing their tunes with live music. There are Open
Sing Rings that Song Wranglers can join in or start. There is a
Co-writers Corner for on the spot writing and sharing a new tune. If ya
still can't sleep after all the stages close there is an after hours
Camp Fire Sing Ring down by the creek. The Fest welcomes all forms of
songwriting. Everyone who comes will have an opportunity to share their
original lyrics, songs or music.
You can also register to attend 3 days of classes all about the craft
and businesses of being a songwriter. Pro Instructors who have been
there, done that, will share their secrets and personal experiences
about what it takes to be successful in the business of music. Attend
all or parts.
There will also be dance bands Friday and Saturday night with door
Prizes. Sunday morning to afternoon is Gospel and Contemporary
Christian singing . Sign your church group or individuals to come sing
There will be Home Canned Goods and Pie Judging competition. Register
your Pickles, Bean Relish, Green Beans, Jellies and other home made
canned goods for a chance at the Blue Ribbon and other prizes. Apple,
Peach and Pumpkin pies will also be judged.
Try your luck at the Watermelon Seed Spitting, Skillet Toss, Golf Chip
Shot, Horse Shoe Toss, Ugly Contest, Balloon Toss and other family
activities. Arts, Crafts & Music booths of all kinds will be on
hand for your browsing pleasure.
And if that werent enough to do..... Loretta Lynns Dude Ranch is
complete with a Full Service RV Park & Campsites, Swimming Pool,
Playgrounds, Canoeing, Paddle Boats, Nature Trails, Mini Theater, Lynn
Plantation Home, Butcher Holler Home Place, ‚ÄúCoal Miners Daughter
Museum.‚ÄĚ The Old Grist Mill Water Wheel Houses, Fan Museum, Western
Town and more.
So come hang with the gang for the three day weekend & find your
place in the mix. We are located about 65 miles due west from Nashville
and east of Jackson. The October Fest at Loretta Lynns Ranch is now
accepting sign ups for performing & non performing songwriters,
classes, Gospel singing and general admissions, booths, canned food and
pie entries, skillet toss, seed spiting and more for the October 2-4,
'09 happening. For information visit www.SongWritersFestival.com or
call 931-296-4067 / 615-424-1491 or email Ranch@SongWritersFestival.com
Taylor Swift and Joe Jonas To Star In Remake of "Coal Miner's Daughter"
Loretta Lynn's grandfather Cornelius Lynn who taught her how to play the guitar, sit like a lady, and make moonshine
HOLLYWOOD - Free Spirited Flamboyant Films has
announced that Taylor Swift and Joe Jonas will be starring as Loretta
Lynn and Doolittle Lynn in the remake of the 1980 country music film Coal Miner's Daughter which starred Sissy Spacek and Tommy Lee Jones.Taylor said that her and Joe visited Butcher Holler,Kentucky where Loretta lived. Taylor said that she was amazed at all
the moonshine stills that were literally sitting all over the place.
She was also taken back by the fact that a lot of the backwoods folks
had no earthly idea who she and Joe (Jonas) were.
that at first the Kentucky people figured that they were just a couple
of persistent (and lost) as heck Jehovah's Witnesses.
young celebrities then traveled down to Cumberland County, which is
located on the Kentucky-Tennessee border. They went way back into the
backwoods and visited the one-room mountain shack of Pardell and Emily
Pardell is a self-employed moonshiner and Emily Flora says that she works at poppin' out 'younguns.'
Jonas said that The Yazoo's live way up on a mountaintop about 52 miles from the nearest highway or person.The Yazoo's have 17 children. see The 17 Yazoo Kids of Cumberland County, Kentucky
The eldest is a boy named Aurora and the second oldest is a girl named
Wilmer. When Pardell Bob was asked why they would name a boy Aurora and
a girl Wilmer he replied "Beats the squirrel shit out of me, I guess
you just best better goes and ask my 'wife lady.'"
Emily Flora was asked why she named her son Aurora and her daughter
Wilmer she replied that ever since she was a little 'youngun' of four,
she just liked the names and she really had no idea if they was (her word) boys' names or girls' names. She smiled and said that she just reckoned (her word) that she had a 50/50 chance.
said that Emily Flora fixed her and Joe a plate of possum inners,
barbecued okra, fried squirrel nuts, mouthwaterin' chicken beak
biscuits, and mama woodchuck mouth.
After they finished it all
up and had themselves a second helpin' they both thanked Emily Flora
and Pardel for their wonderul hospitality. They said that they had to
get back to Beverly Hills. Pardell's ears perked up and he said, "Hey,
so y'all's hill folk to. Well by crackies if that ain't a dad gum kick
in the sweaty butt of my britches!"
Taylor said that she wanted for Pardell and Emily Flora to fly to
Hollywood and portray her parents in the movie. Emily Flora declined
because she said that she had never been in a car and she was afraid
that once she got in she may not be able to get out. Pardell said that
he didn't want to get in a car either cause he once heard tell that
there ain't no-wheres to spit your tabacky juice.
O'Donnell finds huge market for old tunes
"This kind of music" includes traditional Irish songs like Green
Glens of Antrim and Danny Boy, '60s rock 'n' roll, Kitty Wells, Charley
Pride and Loretta Lynn covers. For many Irish, old-country music and
their own homegrown brand are inextricably linked. Anyone who visits
Dublin or Belfast, or even Glasgow, Scotland, where there's a
considerable Irish population, will see country fans as serious as
anyone in Nashville.
It shouldn't come as a shock; O'Donnell
points out that both forms of music rely on stories, and that in
musicological terms, they're also close cousins.
"If you listen to traditional Irish and Scottish, it's very much like bluegrass," he notes.
America, and especially PBS, has been good to O'Donnell in the last few
years, and he acknowledges his debt to the TV network.
would not have happened if it wasn't for the concert specials I've
done. Because of that I've been able to do so much here, including
meeting some of my heroes, like Loretta Lynn.
"I just adore her--and I've gotten to work with her as well. It really doesn't get any better than that."
Kellie Pickler Meets a Real American Idol
by Joyce Rizer Another of Kellie Pickler's
childhood dreams came true last Friday when she discovered she was
sharing the bill of Canada's Havelock Country Jamboree with the
legendary Loretta Lynn, whom she'd never met.
lifelong fan, Kellie spent time before the show on Loretta's bus. She
tells The Boot that the meeting was everything she could have hoped
for. "She's so personable, and so real! I think it's really cool when
you meet someone you're a fan of, especially when you've followed their
career and bought their records, and had their posters on your wall and
worn their t-shirts." Kellie received a special souvenir of the visit - albeit a temporary
one. "She kissed me on the cheek! She wears the same color lipstick as
my grandma did. I left her kiss print on my cheek for my show," Kellie
says with a giggle. "I didn't wash my face for days!"
comparison to Loretta's four decades in country music, Kellie is a
relative newbie to the business, and she took advantage of the
opportunity to learn from the Country Music Hall of Famer. "Being able
to sit on the side of the stage and watch Loretta's show, I just
learned so much. It's not about all the bells and whistles, it's just
her, and her band, and her songs," Kellie says.
meeting cements Kellie's belief that she's doing what she was born to
do. "I fall in love with this [industry] all the time," says the
singer. "When I met Dolly [Parton],
I fell in love with country music again. When I met Loretta... when I
sat on the side of the stage and watched her sing, I fell in love with
it all over again. When I think it doesn't get any better than this,
damned if it doesn't!"
according to CMT.She raved about meeting Loretta Lynn
at a fair in Canada, and told us Lynn wants to write songs with her.
Pickler summed up the story (which she rarely does) by saying that if
she's in the business long enough, she hopes that people will consider
her as genuine in person as they do when she's onstage, just like
Coal Miner's Daughter back
Posted By BRENDAN WEDLEY , EXAMINER STAFF WRITER
Music bridged the generations at the Havelock
Country Jamboree yesterday with teenagers singing along with country
music icon Loretta Lynn and older adults cheering relative newcomer
Mary Anne Joyce, a Peterborough resident who has been going to
the Jamboree each year for the past 18 years with her friend Maureen
Bates, commented on the number of young people singing along with Lynn.
"When she sangCoal Miner's Daughter,it gave me shivers," Joyce said.
Coal Miner's Daughteris Lynn's signature song and the title of the Oscar-winning movie of her life.
Joyce and Bates recalled the last time Lynn performed at the jamboree 14 years ago.
"She came out in a white gown last time. She's a grand lady," Joyce said.
The 74-year-old musician and songwriter told the audience that
she lost her voice the night before but the audience cheered her on as
she performed hits such asYou're Looking at Country, You Ain't Woman
Enough andHonky Tonk Girl.
Lynn charmed the audience with her humour and modesty.
"That song hit the Top 10. Don't ask me how, but it did," she said after singingHonky Tonk Girl.
During one break between songs, she apologized for her voice.
"You'd all pay me to get off stage wouldn't you?" she said.
The crowd immediately called out: "No."
"Well gee whiz, I thought you would," Lynn responded before continuing her performance.
Canadian country music artist Charlie Major performed before Lynn.
Even with the heat, it was a pretty lively crowd, Major said as he tried to cool down following his set.
"They're all favourites," he said of his songs. "Most of them
are Number 1 songs or Top 10 songs. Everybody pretty well knows them
Major has won several Canadian Country Music Awards and Juno Awards for country male vocalist of the year in 1994 and 1995.
His last album wasShadows and Lightin 2006.
Major said he's slowed down a bit and only performs on weekends but he doesn't plan to stop any time soon.
"I've been doing it all my life. People retire from something
they don't like doing and end up doing something they like, so I've
already kind of retired years ago," he said.
Despite headliners such as Lynn, Pickler and Randy Travis,
Peterborough residents Joyce and Bates said they were disappointed with
the lineup for the 20th annual Jamboree.
"It's not that great of a lineup this year," Joyce said.
"They've all been here before," Bates added.
A group of young adults from the Lindsay area stood off to one
side of the audience waiting for Craig Morgan to perform after Lynn
finished her set.
"The lineup is really good," Leanna Richards said, adding it was her first time at the Jamboree.
"I'm a huge Randy Travis fan," Bob Hollinger said, standing next to his friends, Laura Archer, Victoria Ford and Jessica Howell.
Loretta Song TOP 10
Top Ten Father/Daughter Songs
ďFather and DaughterĒ
ďThe Part Where You
4. Wilco ďMy DarlingĒ
ďWhen You Need MeĒ
ďLong May You RunĒ
Loudon Wainwright III
"They Donít Make ĎEm Like My Daddy Anymore"
10. Allman Brothers ďSoulshineĒ
Loretta Set to release two CD's
Loretta Lynn planning to release two albums this year
, now 74 years old, hasn't released an album since 2004's Grammy-winning, critically-adored Van Lear Roseóa collaboration with Jack White. But 2009 is turning out to be especially fruitful for her, with two albums planned for release by the summer, in an ode to her prolific days in the '60s and '70s.
The first record, which will be a proper country album, could be done by late spring. "(A friend) told
me: 'Loretta, don't quit writing, because if you do, no one in
Nashville is writing songs,'" Lynn told Billboard. "I write about
what's happening today and how I feel."
second record will be re-recordings of her collection of No. 1 hits,
including "Dear Uncle Sam" and a host of others. Lynn said the album
will serve as a tribute to her fans, who zealously shout out requests
during concerts. "I want to make sure that they get all the old No. 1
hits over the
years," she says. "They holler for them."
Lynn went on to tell Billboard she keeps in touch with White, her Van Lear Rose
producer. They don't see each other often, but Lynn plans to phone him
soon and "see what the devil he's up to." Meanwhile, Lynn has a number
of tour dates scheduled in the coming months (she's a busy lady).
Jack White Finds Gold With The Coal Miner's Daughter
Genius is a peculiar thing. Even the most
brilliant musicians can drift into stagnant creative waters, leaving
them out of step with both the spirit of their seminal work and the
contemporary artists theyíve inspired. It happened to
it happened to
And while she never became desperate enough to file for artistic
bankruptcy by re-recording her old hits or doing a covers album, some
would say it happened to
ďI think itís hard for a lot of us out of her world to realize how
much she has been lauded and how much acclaim she has gotten in her
life,Ē says Jack White, producer of Lynnís latest, Van Lear Rose.
ďSheís won so many awards and sold so many records and had so many
people tell her how amazing she is. Thatís a hard thing to deal with
when people do that to you,Ē he says, undoubtedly having encountered
the same in the media- and critical-frenzy surrounding
The White Stripes
ďYou start to lose appreciation of what it is that you do, and you kind
of become this thing that itís hard to say what it is. But I think she
has a really strong knowledge of her storytelling
being appealing to people, and when she puts that in her music and when
she tells it like it is, people go for that. I know she knows that.Ē
Still, thatís the danger in being an icon: No matter how compelling
your current work is, youíre continually being measured against
yourself and your legacy. But just as producer Rick Rubin knew how to
reclaim the innate power in Johnny Cashís music by stripping it down to
its essence, someone outside the Nashville establishment realized
creating another classic Loretta Lynn album meant once again pairing
her inimitable persona with her voiceís undiluted purity and her
songwritingís naked honesty. As unlikely as the coupling may seemóof
with Detroit rock; a 70-year-old country-music legend with a guitar god
whoís celebrity tabloid fodderóthe sound of Van Lear Rose couldnít be more natural.
A household name who hasnít had a Top 40 hit in 19 years, Loretta Lynn
inhabits a unique place in the American landscape. As an icon whose
life story plays late at night on classic movie channels, itís easy to
forget that 42 years have passed since her first hit, virtually leaving
her a living relic from country musicís heralded past. Still, her
legacy commands respect, whether earning her an invitation to the
Kennedy Center Honors or the tributes of every would-be diva performing
in Nashvilleís dives. Great new album or not, itís difficult not to be
at least a little intimidated by her, even over the phone.
ďOK, are you ready to talk to Loretta?Ē asks a particularly harried
publicist, lending the moment even more nervous anticipation. The next
voice I hear is Lynnís. ďMatt, are you ready for me now?Ē
She laughs disarmingly, seemingly amused by any notion of her grandeur.
On this day, sheís fresh from a David Letterman appearance with Jack
(so named by Lynn because of their ability to ďdo whateverĒ she wanted
as a backing band), making a brief stop before heading back out on the
road. ďIím home right now, and weíre leaving Ö maybe tomorrow Ö I
think,Ē she says, apparently a bit disoriented by the whirlwind of
press and acclaim that has returned her to magazine covers and radio
playlists. ďI just got in last night from New York. We went up and done
all that TV stuff.Ē
their performance of ďPortland, OregonĒóa curiously unwinding duet with
White, as much wall-of-sound as it is honky-tonk, that weaves through a
minute-and-a-half intro before Lynnís entryóprovided a moment of
pop-culture trivia. I tell her as much when I mention I saw the
performance. ďOh, did you?Ē she laughs. ďI went back to the hotel, and
I missed it because I fell off to sleep waitiní for it.Ē
Having gotten friendly with the country legend after Lynn invited
The White Stripes for a homemade dinner at her Nashville ranch (after
her manager noticed that the blues-rock experimentalists dedicated
their breakthrough White Blood Cells
album to her in the liner notes), White immediately proved himself with
his near encyclopedic knowledge of Lynnís recorded canon and the
history of country music as well. ďHe loves it, and he does have
respect for it,Ē she says, having been particularly flattered by a
red-and-white cowboy suit White made to wear in tribute to her in
preparation for their performing together. ďAnd he can sit down and
talk to you about any country artist you want to talk about. And that
kind of shocked me, too. He went and saw my movie when he was nine
years old. And he said he thought then, ĎWell, if I ever see Loretta,
Iím going to try to play in her band.íĒ
When the Stripes asked Lynn to open for them at one of their
sold-out New York City appearances, casual conversation revealed that
Lynnís next project was without a producer. White was quick to
volunteer for the job. ďSo thatís when they said, ĎHey, why donít we
try this out?í And I was so surprised,Ē White says with believable
modesty. ďI was so sure they wouldnít let me do it.Ē
While he seems a bundle of bristling creative energy and unapproachable
outsider cool when fronting what is arguably Americaís most-lauded rock
act, you can almost see the 15-year-old in him as he rifles through
stacks of dusty vinyl LPs, remembering the summer 2003 recording
sessions. ďIt was insane. It was amazing,Ē he gushes. ďIt happened so
fast, I had to stop myself every hour and remind myselfóyouíre
recording Loretta Lynn! Youíre producing Loretta Lynn right now. I had
to keep reminding myself so I could enjoy it. It was happening so fast
that I didnít want to say, ĎWow. I didnít even get a chance to enjoy
what was happening.íĒ Still, while he may have wanted to savor every
moment with the country-music legend, reaching his objectives was going
to deliberately limit the time they spent in the studio.
ďTwo nights before I was heading down to Nashville to start working
with her, I just laid on my back on the floor, and I listened to the
whole record that they sent up,Ē he explains. ďAnd I just kept
thinking, ĎWhat am I going to do? How can I present these songs that
would serve Loretta best?í ďI started putting the band together before
that, so I thought, ĎI know I have guys that can play this well. I just
have to make sure that we keep things simple and do it as fast as
possible and do it on the eight-track.í Just keeping everything really
simple and not overthinking or overproducing is the best thing to do.
Knowing what not to do is one of my theories.Ē And while recording with
a sense of immediacy has remained his modus operandi with The White
Stripes, he admits it took some persuading to get Lynn to see the
advantage of going back to older recording standards. ďSome of them,
she said, ĎOK Ö I guess so,íĒ he says, conveying her hesitance about
creating a record so defiantly outside the current Nashville system.
ďIím not a fan of modern technology and modern recording techniques; it
just doesnít appeal to me because itís so far away from soulfulness.
ďItís in the wrong direction for any artist. I think that the way we
did it let Lorettaís voice come out, and you could tell that these
things were happening live in the studio and there was a warm feeling.
We did it in a house, and you can feel all of those things.Ē For Lynn,
the approach couldnít have been more different from that of her other
ďYou know what, this is really weird,Ē she says with a tone that
pulls you in and makes you feel like sheís telling you a secret the two
of you will share. ďWhen I worked with Owen Bradley, Owen would make me
sing a song three times before weíd even try it on tape. And Jack, we
walked in and I didnít know what he was doing. I thought he was going
to let me go over a song three or four times and then
weíd record it. I sang it one time and that was it,Ē she says in
disbelief. ďOne time and that was all! I said to Jack, ĎJack, we need
to do this at least two or three times.í And he said, ĎNo. That ainít
right.í We did every one of them one time and that was it.Ē
White concurs. ďSheíd usually do a lot of takes, and I said, ĎWell,
thereís no point in us trying to perfect this,íĒ he explains.
ďSometimes weíd get a really great take, and sheíd want to go back and
do it again. Sheíd say, ďOh, I didnít sing that line very good.í And
Iíd say, ĎWell, Loretta, itís really great. I think itís wonderful, and
everyone here thinks itís great. There really is no reason for us to
redo it and miss out on all the things that are in there, just to fix
one little thing.í Thatís soulful to me. I like things like that. In
her mind, it wasnít perfect. In my mind it already was.Ē
Still, even though Lynn was uncomfortable with a process that
emphasized the raw vulnerability of her musical aesthetic over the
polish of modern recording technology, her faith in her new friend
prevailed. ďYou know what, I never give it one thought, because I
figured Jack was a smart boy. I knew whatever heíd do, it would be
right. He wanted it to be like I used to record and not like the
country artists record today.Ē Consequently, Van Lear Rose
offers everything thatís characterized Lynnís best work, being both
vulnerable and defiant, spiritual and carnal, timely and timeless. Itís
one of those rare recordings that can unite disparate demographics,
with enough integrity to please longtime Lynn fans and enough visceral
drive to appeal to Whiteís rock following. And while she hasnít
received this kind of attention for the better part of two decades,
Lynn has little fear that her faithful following will hesitate to rub
shoulders with a different crowd.
ďIf youíve got fans that love you, theyíre going to stay behind you
no matter what happens,Ē Lynn explains. ďAnd they love this record.
Theyíll holler from the audience, ĎIs Jack White with you?íóthat would
be the girls. And I say, ĎNo, honey, he wouldnít come on this trip,íĒ
she giggles. Soon, though, Whiteís childhood predilection will come to
pass, as he and his handpicked Detroit indie-rock ringers will
accompany Lynn out on the road.
Given how well the first collaboration came out, as well as Lynnís
prolific pace, rumors are already circulating that another release is
in the offing. ďOf the first 13 he heard, those are the ones he took,Ē
she says of the batch of demos she sent White before the recording
sessions. ďHe didnít wait. I wrote two or three others, like two or
three months before, but he didnít get around to them. And those were
ones that I was going to put on the album Ö but weíll put them on the
next one,Ē she sighs contentedly.
It may have taken the prodding of a producer who wasnít even born
when Lynn was at the apex of her career, but that same innate genius
that seemed to so effortlessly and accurately catalog a life lived
simply and sincerely has once again become the defining element in the
mix of her album. ďI think some of them I could have sung better, but
Jack swore I couldnít,Ē she says, apparently still a little bewildered
by the commotion surrounding an album so humbly made. ďBut heís a fan,
and what are you going to tell a fan? It ainít hurtiní it any, so I
ainít going to complain.Ē
Loretta One of the Top Living Songwriters
ďWell sloe gin fizz works mighty fast / When you drink it by the pitcher and
not by the glassĒ
When I was little, my father routinely came home ďa-drinkiní with
loviní on his mind.Ē My mother hated it, but her quiet, private nature
and our rural isolation would allow only one allyóLoretta Lynnóto offer
advice and consent. Her lyrics commanded our attention because they
accomplished the aims Horace set out for literature: They delighted and
instructed. Ages later, the poet James Weldon Johnson described the
best Southern writing as universally shared sensationsólove, hope,
longing, despairóexpressed in a clear, familiar and colloquial voice,
rooted in the realities of life, whether Lynnís at Butcher Hollow or my
motherís on Bend of the River Road. The trick of great writing is in
this transcendence, and Loretta Lynnís success at loading the universe,
eternity and ultimate ideals onto words that may also be
bender-specificóapplicable to one womanís heartache after one husbandís
thoughtlessnessóis what has sustained her as a poet, watchful and alert
to the vagaries of a womanís inconstant self-worth. Kaye Gibbons
GETĽďYou Ainít Woman Enough (To Take My Man)Ē (1966), ďPortland, OregonĒ (2004)