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.
“As 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.”
On 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. Read the rest of this entry »
Loretta Lynn Shares the Spotlight With Lambert and Crow
Country legend collaborates with Miranda Lambert and Sheryl Crow on her classic hit, “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” Watch. More
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.