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!
Country music icon Loretta Lynn was showered with an assortment of industry awards and heartfelt praise at her invitation-only 50th anniversary celebration, held at Lynn’s Hurricane Mills ranch on Friday, Sept. 24.
The Academy of Country Music®, Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc.® and BMI® each made presentations during the evening’s event. Billed as “A Tribute to an American Icon,” the celebration honored Lynn’s 50 years in the Country music industry. Ronnie McDowell presented Lynn with a hand-painted portrait of the legendary performer, and noted Nashville arranger and composer Bill Walker gave Lynn an arrangement of “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” originally penned for the television special, “Loretta Lynn on Broadway.”
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Crystal Gayle, Marty Stuart, John Carter Cash Honor the “Coal Miner’s Daughter”
by Whitney Self – CMT.com
On her green-pastured ranch about 75 miles west of Nashville in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., country music icon Loretta Lynn sat smiling in front of nearly 100 journalists, music industry peers and family members gathered inside her 18,000-square-foot Coal Miner’s Daughter Museum.
The Country Music Hall of Fame member greeted the visitors Friday evening (Sept. 24) during an event celebrating her 50 years in the country music industry. Charting her first hit single, “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl,” in 1960, she broke ground for female singer-songwriters with a string of unforgettable material, including “The Pill,” “You Ain’t Woman Enough,” “Don’t Come Home A’Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind),” “Rated X,” “One’s on the Way” and numerous others.
The story of her life and the evidence of her legacy are literally written on the walls of her museum. Surrounding her are the accolades, the costumes, the memories of a life that began humbly as a coal miner’s daughter in 1934, in a one-room cabin in Butcher Holler, Ky. A replica of that very cabin is located inside the museum.
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