By Tom Roland – GAC
Two major icons are celebrating their 50th anniversaries in 2010: Loretta Lynn and Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge.
You certainly know Loretta, the woman whose feisty songs about contemporary womanhood made her an easy selection for the Country Music Hall of Fame.
If you don’t know about Tootsie’s, you should. The purple bar sits on Lower Broadway in Nashville, across the alley from the Ryman Auditorium, where the the Grand Ole Opry was held when Loretta made her debut in 1960. Tootsie’s is a small watering hole that still exists. During its early years, it was the gathering place for many of country’s songwriters and biggest stars, including Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Mel Tillis, Faron Young, Marty Robbins, Harlan Howard and Hank Cochran.
Tootsie’s officially opened in March 1960. Loretta made her Opry debut in October that year, and her husband, Mooney, found the bar right away. Read the rest of this entry »
by Margaret Renkl – Nashville Scene
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 — 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 turn onstage.
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.
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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. “I couldn’t believe that so many wanted to sing on it,” she humbly declares. Loretta also adds that she feels healthy and ready to work. “I still want to sing,” she says. “If I can still sing, that’s what I’ll do.” To learn more, pick up the November 8, 2010 issue of Country Weekly, on newsstands now.
“You’re Lookin’ at Country” singer, the legendary Loretta Lynn celebrates her 50-year anniversary in the country music industry. CMT Insider caught up with her for an exclusive interview as she opens up about her career, life and new tribute album, Coal Miner’s Daughter, where she worked with artists like Miranda Lambert, Sheryl Crow and
by Stephen L. Betts – The Boot
Fall may be in the air, but it’s not too early to start thinking about the upcoming spring and summer festival season. With a star-packed lineup, the fifth annual Stagecoach Music Festival is a great place to start. Set for Saturday, April 30, and Sunday, May 1, 2011, acts announced for the two-day fest in California include Loretta Lynn, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts and Carrie Underwood, along with Darius Rucker, Josh Turner, Leon Russell, Easton Corbin, Gatlin Brothers, Jack Ingram, Mel Tillis, Rodney Crowell, Wanda Jackson and Rhonda Vincent.
Tickets for the popular festival, which takes place at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif., will go on sale Friday, November 5, at all Ticketmaster outlets and at the official Stagecoach festival website. Read the rest of this entry »