Loretta Presents to the 2010 Female Vocalist of the Year
Loretta Lynn presented Miranda Lambert with the Female Vocalist of the Year trophy at “The 44th Annual CMA Awards,” live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010, on the ABC Television Network.
In one of the more memorable performances of the evening, Lambert and Sheryl Crow offered a rendition of “Coal Miner’s Daughter” in honor of Loretta Lynn’s 50th anniversary as a Country Music recording artist.
Actress Sissy Spacek, who portrayed Lynn in the 1980 biopic “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” made a surprise appearance to celebrate the Country Music Hall of Fame member. “Loretta didn’t need any actress to turn her into a great character,” Spacek proclaimed. “She was born one.”
By Rick Moore – American Songwriter
For half a century Loretta Lynn has been one of the queens of country music, and when she started writing her own material a few years after she was signed, she (and Dolly Parton) broke the doors down for women who wanted to write what they sang. Her days as a radio staple have long come and gone, but at least AM stations still play her. Her mostly self-penned 2004 Van Lear Rose album, produced by the eclectic Jack White, won the Grammy for “Country Album of the Year,” even though Nashville basically ignored the release completely. But she’s not the first legend Nashville has dissed, and she won’t be the last.
There’s no dissing on the new tribute CD Coal Miner’s Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn, though, as artists who were influenced by her, hang out with her, and just plain think she’s a great person, have assembled to pay homage to a true living legend. Read the rest of this entry »
Listen to the interview from NPR’s Fresh Air
In 1960, while leaning up against an old toilet, country star Loretta Lynn wrote her first song, “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl,” in just 20 minutes on a $17 guitar her husband had bought her as an anniversary present.
At the time, Lynn was 24. She had been married for 11 years and already had four children. (She would later have two more.)
“I just sat down with my guitar,” she tells Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross. “I was outside and leaning up against the toilet in Washington State. And I sat there and wrote ‘Honky Tonk Girl’ and ‘Whispering Sea.’ ” more!
Today’s country music worships the same youth god as rock and pop, but its audience holds reverence for Loretta Lynn, who celebrates her 50th anniversary as a recording artist this year. She first recorded I’m a Honky Tonk Girl for tiny Zero Records in 1960.”Do you believe that I have been in the business that long?” she says by phone from her home in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. “I was a scared little girl, real bashful. I look back and it seems so long ago, and then sometimes it’s like it’s a month ago.”
Lynn, who is in her late 70s (she declines to share her age), has a big week ahead: Tuesday sees the release of the album Coal Miner’s Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn, on which Carrie Underwood, Alan Jackson, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, the White Stripes, Lucinda Williams and Kid Rock dust off her time-honored catalog.
And Wednesday, she’ll be honored with a tribute at the Country Music Association Awards (ABC, 8 p.m. ET/tape delay PT) in a segment that features top nominee Miranda Lambert (up for nine awards) and Sheryl Crow. Read the rest of this entry »
Joe Heim – Washington Post
Loretta Lynn writes songs that knock you on your head and off your feet. For 50-plus years, the 76-year-old pride of Butcher Hollow, Ky., has stamped the country charts with her tunes of trouble, turmoil, payback and sweet satisfaction. And on this perfectly rough-around-the-
edges tribute album, a host of like-minded musicians — country and otherwise — join in the fun and fury.
Along with Kitty Wells and Dolly Parton, it was Lynn who opened the biggest doors for women in country music. She did it with songs that sparked controversy, many of which she wrote herself. Songs such as “Don’t Come Home A Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind),” the feisty album-opening mood-setter delivered here by Gretchen Wilson. Paramore’s Hayley Williams serves up a spare but still ornery “You Ain’t Woman Enough (to Take My Man).” And Lucinda Williams, with her familiar mouthful-of-molasses delivery, wrings new hurt from “Somebody Somewhere (Don’t Know What He’s Missing Tonight).” Read the rest of this entry »