by Stephen L. Betts – The Boot

Loretta Lynn, the ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter,’ has enjoyed a 50-year career and in the process has become a true American icon. To celebrate the Kentucky-born legend’s 50th anniversary, a diverse group of artists has contributed tracks to ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn,’ an album set for release November 9 on Columbia Records.

Personally chosen by Loretta herself, the list is a who’s-who of country and rock favorites including Sheryl Crow, Steve Earle, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Kid Rock, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Allison Moorer, Paramore, Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood, the White Stripes, Lucinda Williams, Gretchen Wilson and Lee Ann Womack.

“I am so happy that these singers wanted to do this record,” says Loretta. “I love ’em all, and it was so great to hear all the different ways they did my hits,” she said, referring to how each artist recorded with their own choice of producer and musicians. “I hope people like it as much as I do and we sell a bunch of records!!”

Loretta Lynn’s debut single, ‘I’m a Honky Tonk Girl’ was released in 1960, reaching No. 14 on the country chart. It was followed by a string of chart-topping singles, including a number of duets with another country-music icon, the late Conway Twitty.

On October 12, the four-time Grammy winner, who was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award earlier this year, will receive the Recording Academy’s President’s Merit Award in recognition of her contribution to country music. The award will coincide with an all-star salute to Loretta at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Also on tap for the 75-year-old singer-songwriter is the reissue of her bestselling 1976 autobiography (the basis for the 1980 film starring Best Actress Oscar winner Sissy Spacek), ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter,’ with a new foreword by Loretta. The audio edition of the book on CD and digital download will feature narration by Sissy.

Loretta continues to perform all across the country. For details of her upcoming appearances, click here.