Thursday, October 14th, 2004They Sing of Life’s Disappointments And Its Epiphanies By LUKE TORN October 14, 2004; Page D7 As the first tentative strums reel you into Loretta Lynn’s first album in four years, and her voice leads you into the heartfelt, folksy narrative that is “Van Lear Rose,” the most startling facet of the sound is not the guitar textures of her improbable collaborator, White Stripes man Jack White. It’s the pure, backwoods “country” in Ms. Lynn’s voice. A striking instrument, one that’s been largely missing from the pop landscape for nearly a generation, her succinct, Appalachian twang burrows its way into a listener’s subconscious. That the songs, all written or co-written by Ms. Lynn, resonate with slice-of-life struggles and epiphanies solidifies the stature of “Van Lear Rose” (Interscope) as one 2004’s strongest and most surprising albums. Expanding on career-long themes like fidelity, family ties and a strong sense of place, Ms. Lynn offers an antidote to the suburban rootlessness endemic to the contemporary country charts with a comeback album that rivals “American Recordings,” Johnny Cash’s epochal 1994 effort. (more…)
Wednesday, August 25th, 2004BY ROBERT HILBURN Los Angeles Times HURRICANE MILLS, Tenn. – If Johnny Cash was the last great “feel good” story in country music, Loretta Lynn, the self-proclaimed “coal-miner’s daughter” whose latest album is one of the most exciting recordings to come out of Nashville in years, is poised to be the next one. The CD, Van Lear Rose, produced by young rock phenom Jack White of the White Stripes, is mercifully free of the bland, pop-minded elements that have stripped country music of much of its character and passion in recent years. (more…)
Friday, May 14th, 2004By MARIO TARRADELL / The Dallas Morning News There’s no doubt that Loretta Lynn, the coal miner’s daughter from Butcher “Holler,” Kentucky is today’s hipster country goddess. But even after 40 years as a musical legend, she dismisses the thought, too humble to entertain it. “I can’t believe this,” says the 69-year-old Ms. Lynn during a phone interview from her home in Tennessee. “I’ve never been hip, and I worked all the time.” The reason: Van Lear Rose, Ms. Lynn’s wonderful new album produced by rocker Jack White of The White Stripes. The feisty singer-songwriter has made a career out of penning tough-and-tender anthems such as “You Ain’t Woman Enough,” and “Fist City.” Her autobiographical Coal Miner’s Daughter was turned into an Oscar-winning movie in 1980. Now she’s savoring her second dip into the pop culture mainstream. (more…)
Wednesday, May 5th, 2004
Loretta performed “Family Tree” with producer Jack White on NBC’s Today Show. Loretta recently performed on the David Letterman Show and did other media events while in New York as well.