Thursday, August 4th, 2011
By Curtis Schieber – The Columbus Dispatch
Maybe it was her 76 years that prompted Loretta Lynn to choose to open her headlining show in the Ohio State Fair’s Celeste Center last night. Surely it was simple respect that inspired the Oak Ridge Boys, who shared the bill, to allow the country-music icon to make the call.
Although both have topped the country charts on and off for decades, Lynn defined the genre better by a country mile. Her You’re Lookin’ At Country, which she delivered feistily at the fair, is no idle boast.
Daughters Peggy and Patsy warmed up her backing band the Coalminers with capable but unremarkable contemporary country. Then Lynn took the stage.
Despite knee surgery in the spring, she stood for a few songs, including a swinging version of They Don’t Make ’Em Like My Daddy.