BEST COUNTRY ALBUM: VAN LEAR ROSE, LORETTA LYNN

Loretta’s in the current October 7 issue of the Nashville Scene. The Scene features the “Best of Nashville” with Van Lear Rose selected as Best Country Album. It reads…

Lynn’s best album in 30 years, and the first in which she wrote every song, may have been inexcusably snubbed by the Country Music Association, but expect nearly every other significant awards and critics’ poll to recognize it as the artistic triumph it is. Unlike her previous comeback effort, Still Country, in which she tried to hard to fit Music Row’s current formulas, Van Lear Rose celebrates her distinctive writing and voice by pairing her with the less-is-more production of The White Stripes’ Jack White. As has happened before, a legendary talent has to leave town to find a sympathetic collaborator – and once again proves that Nashville could benefit greatly if its record executives thought outside the box more often. — Michael McCall