Monday, January 24th, 2011
Some people are just born with it. With the gift for writing songs. Songs come to them, and they just need to write them down. It doesn’t take any agony or even much thought, it just takes time with a guitar alone to capture them as they fly by. That’s the case with Loretta Lynn. Right out of the gate, she wrote songs richer and deeper than the finest songs emerging out of Nashville. And she sang them with robust bravado, this little girl “dressed up like Annie Oakley,” and ascended swiftly to Nashville royalty as one of country music’s greatest singers and songwriters.
Born in 1932 in Kentucky, she married her beloved Doolittle (Oliver Vanetta Lynn) when she was only 13, and had four of her six kids before she was an adult. He gave her a guitar for her 24th birthday, and she started playing and singing as if she’d done it her whole life. Her first two songs, “Whispering Sea” and “I’m A Honky Tonk Girl” were also the twin sides of her first single. And when people heard that voice with those songs, songs that reflected country life as it was really lived, they fell in love.
After those two, the songs kept coming. When the Nashville crowd first heard her music, they were stunned. Roy Acuff said he couldn’t fathom how she could write such astounding songs – “every one a little movie” – after never writing before. Gradually she created a bounty of work, a deep well of country music splendor from which singers have drawn for years. A new tribute album, Coal Miner’s Daughter, A Tribute to Loretta Lynn, has just been released, featuring Steve Earle, The White Stripes, Carrie Underwood, Kid Rock, Lucinda Williams and others, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of her debut. (more…)
Tuesday, September 28th, 2010
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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Thursday, February 18th, 2010By Daniel Durchholz -Stltoday.com It’s been 50 years since Loretta Lynn scored a hit with her very first recording, “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl.” Reminded of the years gone by, the country superstar seems impressed by her own longevity — as she should be. Buy tickets for upcoming shows “Ain’t that something?” Lynn says by phone from her home outside Nashville. “I couldn’t believe it when they told me how long it’s been.” Looking back on her hardscrabble beginnings, which found her driving with her husband, Oliver “Doolittle” Lynn, from one radio station to another to promote her record, Lynn says, “That’s probably when I had my best time, going from station to station. Now it’s way different. That kind of thing wouldn’t happen today.” (more…)
Monday, March 2nd, 2009
March is Women’s History Month. And what better way to celebrate than by turning our eyes to the women of country music? No shrinking violets here; these ladies have no qualms about saying what’s on their minds at the risk of backlash and blacklisting, and in doing so, they’ve cemented their place in country music history. Look for our favorite gal at number 2 on the list. more!
Monday, September 1st, 2008
NASHVILLE (Billboard) – Seventy-four-year-old legend Loretta Lynn, whose first single, “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl,” hit the country singles chart in 1960, is as busy as ever.
She still tours, writes songs and is working on not one but two albums. The first is a collection of her hits that she’s rerecording with John Carter Cash, the son of Johnny and June Carter Cash, while the other is a set with her sisters, Crystal Gayle and Peggy Sue. On June 19, she was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame during a ceremony in New York.
Lynn spoke recently with Billboard about the craft of songwriting and her thoughts on the modern music industry. (more…)