by Nancy Dunham – The Boot
Miranda Lambert and Sheryl Crow join Loretta Lynn on the first release from ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter, A Tribute to Loretta Lynn.’ The talented trio’s version of ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’ is now available on iTunes, although the album won’t be released until November 9.
“I love Miranda and Sheryl, and I really felt they both brought something different singing style wise to this song,” Loretta tells Billboard. “Miranda is so country and has a sassiness to her that you can hear 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.”
And they’re going to do the song again, this time without Loretta but in tribute to her, as Sheryl and Miranda are set to sing ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’ on next month’s CMA Awards, in a tribute to the country icon’s 50 years in the music business.
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By Peter Cooper – The Tennessean
The Grammy Salute To Country Music honored Loretta Lynn Tuesday night at the Ryman Auditorium, with numerous stars appearing to sing and speak praises to the woman who rock ’n’ roll singer, songwriter and producer Jack White called “The most important female singer-songwriter of the 20th century.”
Lynn, whose songs including “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and “Don’t Come Home A’Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind)” are indelible parts of country music history, was celebrated as a genre-altering force who wrote and sang songs that presented a frank, humorous and strident woman’s viewpoint. Her career began a half-century ago, with the single “Honky Tonk Girl.”
“Country music has never had a more truthful or a more fearless artist than the one we’re honoring here tonight,” said Reba McEntire, who served as the event’s host. “She stood up for all of us women, in an era when ‘Stand By Your Man’ was more than just a song… Loretta did it all. She wrote ’em, she sang ’em and she played ’em.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Tom Roland – GAC
In the 1960s and early ‘70s, when Loretta Lynn was at her commercial peak, country hits were notably short musical affairs.
“Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind)” ran a quaint two minutes and nine seconds. “Fist City” came in at 2:13. “You’re Lookin’ At Country” was a scant 2:20.
So it was apropos that when the Recording Academy honored the Coal Miner’s Daughter Tuesday, it took just 45 minutes — short and sweet and pretty neat. Host Reba McEntire started the night off with a zippy western-swing version of “If You’re Not Gone Too Long,” bolstered by the Time Jumpers’ triple-fiddle section, pass-around solos and a walking stand-up bass.
From there, a parade of stars trotted out their takes on a mix of classic songs and overlooked material. Kid Rock turned “I Know How” into a gritty piece of country-soul, Martina McBride delivered a forceful interpretation of the gorgeous ballad “Love Is The Foundation,” and Lee Ann Womack added a biting tone to Loretta’s first hit, “I’m A Honky Tonk Girl.” Read the rest of this entry »
On this week’s edition of CMT Insider, the show takes you down to Hurricane Mills, to join Loretta Lynn in celebrating 50 years in country music. Tune in for the show’s premiere October 2nd, on 1:30 PM ET. more!