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Country Superstar and Friend of Loretta Lynn Dies


Aug. 12, 1929 - March 25, 2006 Country Legend Buck Owens passed away on March 25th 2006 this a man who helped Loretta Lynn get her start in Washington State in 1959-1960 he had her on his tv talent show and she won.. Buck Confessed years later on the Ralph Emory on the record show to Loretta that he had a crush on her back then but did not want to say anything because he and Loretta both were married they laughed and had fun with it. Buck owens also a nobody at the time had many people believe in him and a news company as well music city news paid for a full page ad on buck thats how mauch they believed in him and they were right not bad for a Bakersfield Ca.  boy. 


 Sound, savvy made Owens music giant

He conquered country from a base, style far from Nashville

He had already worked in television, giving future superstar Loretta Lynn her first media exposure on KTNT in Tacoma, Wash. He had already brought the snarling, treble-heavy Fender Telecaster guitar to popularity.Like fellow Country Music Hall of Famers Lynn, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard and George Jones, Mr. Owens' achieved fame after a hardscrabble upbringing. He was born to a sharecropping family on Aug. 12, 1929, in rural Sherman, Tex. His nickname of "Buck" was shared with a family muleThe struggling and scuffling were not over for Mr. Owens after initial sessions for Capitol Records in 1957 garnered no hits. He moved to Washington state and bought into a small radio station, working as a disc jockey, selling ads and playing music. He also served as host of a TV show, where he gave television time to a then-unknown Loretta Lynn. Also in Washington, he met fiddler Don Rich, who would become his best friend and musical partner.
Lynn's statement was simply that, "I think we've lost one of country music's greatest stars today. I will miss him."

Loretta to perform at the Tennessee Theater

Loretta was Born a Coal Miner's Daughter

...but today she's a living legend of country music!

For more than 40 years, Loretta Lynn has fashioned a body of work as culturally significant as any female performer. Her music has confronted the major social issues of her time, and her life story is a rags-to-riches tale familiar to pop, rock and country fans alike. The Coal Miner’s Daughter has journeyed from the poverty of the Kentucky hills to Nashville superstardom to her current status as an American icon.
Lorretta Lynn performs Friday, April 21, at 8 p.m. at the Tennessee Theatre
with special guest Jennifer Hanson. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 10, 10 a.m. at the Tennessee Theatre box office, all Tickets Unlimited outlets, by phone at 656-4444, or click the link below!


Great American County (GAC) presents a special edition of Grand Ole Opry Live celebrating great women in country music, featuring some of country music’s most popular women performers. The line-up includes current chart-topper and recent American Idol champion Carrie Underwood, Grammy award winner Lee Ann Womack, country legend Loretta Lynn and Opry member Lorrie Morgan, who hosts the program, that pays homage to country’s all-time great female artists.  The special episode will be televised nationally on GAC on Saturday, March 18, at 8 p.m. ET.

The scheduled performers are crooning not only about the concept, but also about the other performers scheduled to take the stage. 

"It's always great to share the stage with an icon like Loretta Lynn, especially on an evening that celebrates women of country music,” said MCA recording artist Lee Ann Womack. 

The Grand Ole Opry Live telecast will also include performances from Danielle Peck, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Jeannie Seely and Connie Smith, offering viewers a full range of styles, themes and eras.   

“GAC recognizes the importance of providing programming that reaches our audiences that span different age groups and demographics,” said Sarah Trahern, GAC senior vice president of programming. “The Opry programming is successful because it extends beyond the traditional country genres and generations to attract various country music fans.”

Fans who miss the live performance can watch the re-air on Sunday, March 19 at 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. ET.  GAC is the exclusive television home of the Grand Ole Opry. Check local cable and satellite listings for channel information.



Posted on Thu, Feb. 16, 2006


Staff Writer

Brad Paisley's chart-topping "Alcohol" is brilliant.

Got that? Brilliant .

For starters, it's a ramble sung in first person, from the alcohol's point of view. It's funny, like you are when you're drunk, and pathetic, like you are the next morning.

It sheds light on the mysteries of life -- like why white people try to dance, how Hemingway finished books, and why anyone would wear a lamp shade for a hat.

But as great as the song is, it's hardly tackling a new topic. In fact, you could make a great mix disc of boozy country, rockabilly and alternative country songs.

Start with Paisley's gem, then add these:

• "Portland, Oregon" by Loretta Lynn with Jack White. I've never had sloe-gin fizz, but it's got to be mighty stuff to make the coupling of Lynn and White (as imagined in the song) seem like a good idea.

• "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" by George Thorogood. The title says it all.

• "Liquor Store" by Dash Rip Rock. This edges out the band's other suitable tracks ("All Liquored Up" and "Big Daddy Like Whiskey") because it's more, umm, romantic: "I want to be locked inside a liquor store with you."

• "Whiskey River" by Willie Nelson. "Beer for My Horses," is great, but this one is epic.

• "Nightclub" by Old 97's. Because who hasn't thought, "This old nightclub stole my youth. This old nightclub stole my true love... . I just might get drunk tonight and burn the nightclub down"?

• "Drinkin' in My Sunday Dress" by Maria McKee. She's eatin' crackers with her gin and drinkin' in her Sunday dress. So why haven't you called her yet, chump?

• "Euromad" by T Bone Burnett. Burnett's known as a producer extraordinaire, but his records are dripping with delicious cynicism. This song's an indictment of America, disguised as an indictment of Europe -- I think. But the most precious couplet is, "Were it not for Mr. Gordon and his fine distillery, I might have never made it through this euro-misery."

• "10 rounds with Jose Cuervo" by Tracy Byrd. It's funny, OK?

• "Rollin'," Randy Newman. Though I've never been a big Newman buff, his cure for the blues -- namely whiskey -- is spot-on.

• "Why Henry Drinks" by Drive-by Truckers. Kiss-offs don't come much stronger than "hanging with you I know why Henry drinks."



CD review: Josh Turner

Grade: A

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Josh Turner

"Your Man" (Capitol)

Two years ago, baritone-voiced Josh Turner created a stir by selling a million copies of his "Long Black Train" debut on the strength of a title song with an explicit Christian message unusual even for country music.

He's taken a while to follow-up, but the title cut of "Your Man" is Turner's second country Top 10 hit, and it, too, breaks precedent by presenting a classy come-on that directly addresses sex between a married couple - another unusual topic for the country charts.

Turner's strength is avoiding the lyrical and musical clichés that sometimes gives commercial country music a cookie-cutter sameness. Turner proves you can make a stand by taking chances, as he does throughout "Your Man," especially on the hilarious celebrity-hound sendup, "Loretta Lynn's Lincoln," and the affirmation of faith on "Me and God" (the latter a duet with bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley).



Jim Brickman says he owes his success to the "Elvis/Loretta Lynn" style of self-promotion and persistence.

"When I walked in the door [of a record label], they could feel that I had a passion for what I was doing," said the Ohio-reared commercial jingle writer who has become a Grammy-nominated entertainer.

Loretta Lynn Gold Cd

On March 7th Mca will release a 2/cd called LORETTA LYNN GOLD it has 36 classics and new song up to her 2000 release country in my genes see our new release page for more info.


John W. Turner
PAINTSVILLE- Dr. John W. Turner,Doc Turner as called by Country Singer Loretta Lynn  91, died Fri., Feb. 3, 2006. Lynn brought Turner to light in 1976 book Coal Miner's Daughter and again 1980 Movie of the same name and again in her latest book Still Women Enough. Service, 11 am Mon., Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel. Visit, 9 am Sun.

Tour Bus Experience

Country Legend Loretta Lynn Has added the Coal Miner tour bus to her  lodging at the LORETTA LYNN RANCH and yes you can stay in the tour bus it has a living area,bath room,bunks,bedroom kitchen you can see and feel and experience the life on the road. this is the same bus seen in the 1980 Coal Miner's Daughter Movie about Loretta's Life for more info. and rates please go to LorettaLynn.com




Untitled, The Raconteurs (Release date TBA)

This as yet untitled album features Jack White of White Stripes and Detroit songwriter Brendan Benson. Hyped in London as “Detroit’s answer to [Nirvana’s] Nevermind,” the album is one on which both White and Benson write, sing and play guitar. If Jack White’s 2004 collaboration with Loretta Lynn is any indication, The Raconteurs will take the best qualities of both White and Benson’s solo records and weave them into a beautiful musical tapestry.


Death in the 'dungeon'
It was the late 1970s, '78 or maybe '79, when I made my first visit to a movie set. The movie was "Coal Miner's Daughter," and because it was based on the autobiography and life of country singer Loretta Lynn, the producers and stars were determined to make it true. Loretta's fans, they reckoned, would know the difference. A magnificent movie it was, with the star, Sissy Spacek, winning the Academy Award for her acting and singing.

I got to the shooting sites in Kentucky and Virginia because a boyhood chum, Thom Mount of Durham, was at the time one of the people running Universal Studios, and the movie was one of his babies. (Mount has since been an independent producer, with "Bull Durham" one of his notable films.)

I was a kid reporter at another newspaper then, and to be sure, the presence of various movie stars was what hit me at the time. Talking to Spacek and Tommy Lee Jones (a bigger star later, who then was playing Loretta's husband), being around the curious and dramatic Hollywood types, hanging out a bit with the famed musician Levon Helm of The Band, who had landed a part as Ted Webb, Loretta's father. The film people had recreated most everything, including the cabin in Butcher Holler, Ky., where the Webb children had been raised.

One thing they didn't need to recreate was coal mines, which were and presumably still are big in that isolated part of the country. One day before shooting, I rode with the producer to visit a woman he said owned one of the mines, or the land where it was, anyway. She lived in a big house on top of a hill. Way down below, the miners lived in smaller houses along a creek. It seemed to be an existence that hadn't changed a lot in decades. I don't remember much about the nearby mine. Except that, to the average person, it would seem a scary place indeed. A dark, dirty hole.

These memories came sadly back last week, with the deaths of 12 miners at the Sago mine in West Virginia. Reports said mining pays much better now. It has to, for it is a dangerous job under the best of circumstances, one that strains every muscle, that poisons the lungs, that just wears people out. If you've ever seen stories or some of those television specials on coal mine disasters, you know there have been plenty of them. And every day when miners go to work, they know that no matter how much "technology" may have improved, no matter how much better safety may be today than it used to be, there's a chance that their wives and their children will be among the families who will suffer that terrifying wait, for some a death watch, that thousands of others have experienced. The tragedy of Sago was all the worse because of that suffering.

These families in Sago seemed to have lived as so many generations of miners' families lived -- close together, in a tight communities where an occupation is shared among many, and along with it an ever-present fear. Think about that. Certainly law enforcement officers' families live with that same concern. Firefighters. Perhaps that's one thing that draws those families toward each other as well.

But miners die not at the hand of assailants, but by nature. By the twist of fate that brings a collapse of a wall deep underground, or an explosion. They know it could happen, yet it's not unusual to find third- or fourth-generation miners. They grew up in the life. They know the risk. They chose it anyway. (The same can be said of those law officers and firefighters.)

The lucky ones never see an explosion, but they suffer health problems from breathing coal dust, even with some of the better gear that now exists. And the stress is ever-present. The late Merle Travis, who gained fame as a guitar player and singer, must have known the life at some point, for he summed it up best in a song that all miners understand, "Dark as a Dungeon." Part of it goes, "It's many a man/I have seen in my day/who lived just to labor/his whole life away. It's dark as a dungeon/damp as the dew/where dangers are doubled/and pleasures are few/where the rain never falls/and the sun never shines/it's dark as a dungeon/way down in the mines."

Last week, as an entire nation joined the suffering in a small place in West Virginia, the dungeon became a grave for 12 miners. It was no song. It was no movie. It was a real and profound human tragedy.


Kickin' and steamin'


One of the numerous cliches that famous performers like to recite is that fame hasn't affected them. And they usually make that claim while calling on a cellphone from the back of a limo.

Singer Gretchen Wilson, easily the most famous woman in country music right now, says the same thing, but in her case you're inclined to believe it.

"I'm calling from the parking lot of a Jack in the Box. I just wolfed down a Sourdough Jack and some jalapeno poppers," she says. "I'm trying to get all of my Christmas shopping done today. I can't find this Amazing Amanda-or-something-or-other-doll for my daughter. Everybody's sold out of it."

You know, Gretchen, you probably could have someone do that for you.

"I love it too much," she says. "Where's the fun in getting someone else to buy your daughter's Christmas present? I know famous people do that, but it's just stupid to me."

A lot of stuff associated with fame is "stupid" to Wilson, a Pocahontas, Ill., native who hit it so big in 2004 with her barroom anthem Redneck Woman and the album that it came from, Here for the Party, that in just a matter of weeks she went from playing holes-in-the-wall to arenas and amphitheaters.

"The first year of all this was insane," she says. "People wanted me to do this, people wanted me to do that -- they were pulling me in all different directions, which I guess is what happens to a new artist who hasn't really established themselves yet. Back then, there was no time to take a breath or rest. Now, I have it under control. I have my schedule the way I want it. I'm in a good place."

In a way, she was in a good place when Here for the Party came out: Radio had turned its antennas away from the Dixie Chicks because of singer Natalie Maines' supposed anti-Bush comments; there weren't a lot of country females on the air, anyway; and Wilson's songs about blue-collar life and love spoke fluently to a particular slice of country-music fans -- and music fans in general.

"I didn't think that I was going to change anything, but we did know that the music I was doing was on the edge," she says. "Loretta Lynn released a lot of songs that turned a lot of heads, so I wasn't doing something 'new.' It was just edgy. The reality is, I found a record label willing to assist me in who I was, not create something that wasn't real.


The Oaklawn Opry Country Music Theater and KPPG 103.9 presents a tribute to Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn featuring solos and duets by John Johnson and Melissa Jaynes. Also appearing, Bubba and Mary Ferguson and Cheyanne Smith. Admission is $8, childeren under 12 are admitted free. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show begins at 7:30 p.m.


This one’s for the girls

McBride puts on a feminine, feel-good show at BJC

By Brian J. Stokes
For the CDT

There’s a point during a short film called “The Accountant,” which won the 2001 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film, where a goofball accountant, who is trying to help two brothers save a farm that has been in their family for generations from bankruptcy, explains the current state of country music.

“They wouldn’t let old Hank into Nashville these days,” the accountant says to the brothers, speaking of country music legend Hank Williams. “He’s too country. You’d have a better shot at playing the Grand Ole Opry these days if you were a folk singer from Ontario.”

That quote is indicative of the state of country music these days: it seems to be lacking in many of the qualities that actually make it country music.

When Martina McBride, one of the biggest country music stars going these days, took the stage at the Bryce Jordan Center on Friday night to open her 2006 U.S. tour in support of her recent collection of country standards, “Timeless,” the divide between old country and new country couldn’t have been any more apparent.

McBride, backed by a six piece band and a set reminiscent of a Nashville stage where country music careers are born, opened the show with an hour-long set of songs completely culled from “Timeless,” and therefore, from an era gone by.

She certainly looked timeless herself, dressed in an elegant cream colored dress that gave no hint that the woman on the stage was a proud mother of three daughters, the youngest of which was born just seven months ago.

Though she admitted to suffering from a mild bout of laryngitis, McBride made due with what she had while belting out classic such as Loretta Lynn’s “You’re Not Woman Enough” and Patsy Cline’s “Pick Me Up on Your Way Down.”


AMC has lost its way; will audience follow?
Kevin McDonough

Some time after host Bob Dorian retired his leather chair, American Movie Channel began to deviate from its "classic" formula. First came the commercials. Then the movies changed from film standards to popcorn fare from the "Porky's" era. After that, AMC began airing its own original programming. But at least shows like "Movies that Changed the World" were about film, and classic films at that.
Tonight's AMC introduces "Hustle" (10 p.m. Saturday), a slick and stylish BBC drama about a team of British con artists and the police team on their trail. It's a fun show with a great cast, featuring TV legend Robert Vaughn ("The Man from U.N.C.L.E."). Boasting a cool jazz soundtrack, it's smart and engaging and three times more interesting than the recent "Ocean's 11" remakes -- including "Ocean's Twelve" (8 p.m. Saturday, HBO) -- that appear to have inspired it. But what is it doing on AMC?
Viewers will probably think they're watching PBS, A&E, BBC America or even Bravo. This hip British series is not American, it's yet to be a classic and it's definitely not a movie. AMC has lost its way. Will its audience follow?
Obscure cable choice of the week: Barbara Mandrell and Johnny Paycheck appear on "The Wilburn Brothers Show" (11 p.m. Saturday, RFD). Every Saturday night, RFD repeats this syndicated Nashville Showcase that ran from 1963 to 1974. Loretta Lynn was a series regular, along with many stars of the classic country era. The music is great, the sets are a hoot, and the outfits are from another time and sensibility. And it's only 30 minutes long.
If your cable or satellite provider doesn't offer RFD, you should complain. With shows like "Dressage Today," "Classic Tractors" and "Big Joe's Polka Hour," RFD serves an audience of farmers, ranchers and rural communities all but ignored by most programmers. I love my RFD-TV!


January 14, 2006

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Bronze of celebrated local DJ moves to MetraPark location

Lonnie Bell the radio personality is larger than life, even though Lonnie Bell the man doesn't clear 5 feet, 9 inches from the bottom of his cowboy boots to the top of his Stetson.

Now a 9-foot bronze of the local favorite greets visitors in the MetraPark Arena lobby just beyond the turnstiles.

"The county commissioners wanted it where all Montanans could see it," said the 81-year-old Bell.

After moving twice since its unveiling in 2002, the bronze likeness will stay put - for now. The 900-pound bronze, which spent two years at the Holiday Inn and one year at the Heights Stockman Bank, was moved to MetraPark last month. The bronze is owned by the Yellowstone County Museum and will be moved there once the museum's new building is complete. Construction on the building has not been scheduled, so MetraPark could house the bronze for several years.

World-renowned sculptor and Billings native Bill Rains was commissioned to create the statue for more than $50,000 in donations from sponsors and friends of Bell. A plaque next to the statue lists the names of 80 sponsors.

"I'm real thankful to have all these good friends," Bell said.

Bell was born in West Virginia and came to Billings in 1954. He's been here since. He hosted numerous No. 1-rated radio shows all over the country during his 52-year career as a country music disc jockey. "Lonnie Bell's Classic Country" still earns top ratings on two Billings stations on Sunday mornings from 8 a.m. to noon. In 2005, the show was briefly pulled from its spot on 98.5 FM, but listener outcry brought the show back after a few months.

Some of Bell's career highlights include discovering Loretta Lynn. Bell met Lynn in Washington state and paid her $25 a night to sing with his band. Bell was a 2005 inductee of the Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame.

In 2005, Bell was inducted to the Montana Broadcasters Hall of Fame. In 2002, he won the Golden Voice Award. He has received numerous other honors throughout his career.

Bell's approachable personality, soft Southern drawl and love of country music have made him a favorite in the Billings community and beyond.

He has no plans of slowing down any time soon.

"I'm kind of a one-day-at-a-time fellow," Bell said.


Buy a piece of twang town

December 30, 2005
Knoxville had its hounds, Chicago had its cows and Nashville has had 10-foot-tall fiberglass guitars scattered around the city in The GuitarTown Project.

The public art exhibit of nearly 70 guitars, created by noted visual artists and some signed and embellished by music stars including George Jones, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, Kenny Chesney, Dierks Bentley, Lee Ann Womack, Vince Gill and Brenda Lee, has been on display since last spring. The exhibit closes with a live auction of the 100-pound guitars at the GuitarTown Auction Gala Event on Feb. 23 to benefit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, The DISTRICT, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the United Way of Nashville.

A limited number of tickets for the gala, $200 per person, will be available beginning Monday. The event includes the live guitar auction, a VIP reception, food and drink, a goodie bag, and a chance to appear in a television program taping. 871-4500 ex. 2908 or nashvilleguitartown.com. Or bid online now through the live auction on Feb. 23 at juliensauctions.com.


Aleken Games’ COUNTRY MUSIC TRIVIOLOGIES (MSRP $29.95) and ROCK AND ROLL TRIVIOLOGIES (MSRP $29.95) combine for over 2,000 music trivia questions that span the history of the beginning of rock and country music to present day.

Eichstaedt said, “I’m going to hang out with family and friends, listen to some tunes, and watch the ball drop as we play a few rounds of Rock and Roll and Country Music Triviologies.” Playing the game brings up some good stories, but Eichstaedt warns, “Don’t just play the game on New Year’s Eve, the games are perfect for any get together!”

From Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, and Johnny Cash to Toby Keith, Brooks and Dunn, and Gretchen Wilson, COUNTRY MUSIC TRIVIOLOGIES can be played by two or more players or teams. Complete with over 650 questions, including a mix of “softballs” for the casual Country fan, and more challenging COUNTRY STAR questions, the game play will “spur” a lot of interaction, story telling, and shared experiences for families and friends. Explore fun facts from several of the game’s selection of categories, including COUNTRY LEGENDS, HOT NEW COUNTRY, WOMEN OF COUNTRY, and COUNTRY JUKEBOX..


Jack White To Be A Father
Jack White and Karen Elson expecting first child.

DETROIT, MI Friday Dec.30.2005 /netmusiccountdown.com/ -- Jack White is going to be a father.

The White Stripes frontman and his wife, model Karen Elson, are expecting their first child, reports MTV.com.

The couple, who wed in June, will welcome the new baby in the spring.

The White Stripes released "Get Behind Me Satan" in 2005 and Jack White also shared a Grammy win this year with Loretta Lynn for Best Country Collaboration. Lynn's "Van Lear Rose" album -- produced by White -- also won for Best Country Album.

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Rednecks & Bluenecks is no polemic; it's more of a breezy tour of the country landscape that reads like Entertainment Weekly (where Willman is a senior editor). Willman interviews nearly everyone who's anyone in country music, from Merle Haggard and Loretta Lynn to current superstars like Ronnie Dunn--who offers a bizarre sermon on the dangers of Wahhabism--and alt-country icon Buddy Miller. A better music critic than political analyst, Willman still has his insightful moments.


now there was a song: Loretta Lynn rose from ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’ to stardom
Friday, December 30, 2005 9:57 AM CST

This week in 1970, John Wayne was entertaining moviegoers with "True Grit," George C. Scott was selling theater tickets as the unforgettable eccentric General in "Patton," Neil Simon's "Last Of The Red Hot Lovers" was at the top of the bestseller list and a young Kentucky country girl was adding another line to the music history books with a song from her childhood.

Many hit songs are written from true life experience. According to Loretta Lynn, her 1970 hit song, "Coal Miner's Daughter," was one of those songs.

In a 1980's interview, Loretta commented, "The song ‘Coal Miner's Daughter,’ is the true story of my life back in Butcher Holler, Kentucky. The lines in that song are true—all the way. My mama washed our clothes out in the yard on a washboard and hung them out on that old clothes line. And my daddy did work in the coal mines. All the men in Butcher Holler worked in the coal mines. That's what the men around there did back then. That was all there was. Life was hard back then but that was all we knew.

"Coal Miner's Daughter" became Loretta Lynn's 27th chart song. It entered the country music charts Oct. 31, 1970 and made it to No. 1. It was on the country music charts for 15 weeks.

The single also scored a No. 83 on the pop music charts.

The song was not only a hit single, but became the springboard for a hit album, a best selling autobiography and an Oscar-winning film.

Loretta Lynn is one of those rare artists who is still very much in the music business and in the spotlight after four decades.

She was one of eight children born to Clara and Ted Webb. As depicted in the film, her dad did scratch out a living working in the Kentucky coal mines.

Loretta married 21-year-old Oliver Lynn when she was barely 14 years old.

The couple moved to Custer, Wa., and Loretta started having children. She sang to their children which prompted "Doo" or "Mooney," as she called her husband, to enter her in a local talent contest, which led to her recording for Zero Records. Through the efforts of The Wilburn Brothers, she was signed to record for Decca Records and under the guidance of Owen Bradley, began a recording career that would place 77 songs on the country music charts from 1960 thru 1993, including 16 No. 1’s.

Loretta Lynn was named The Country Music Associations' "Female Vocalist Of The Year" in 1967, 1972 and 1973, and was "Entertainer Of The Year" in 1972. She and Conway Twitty won "Vocal Duo Of The Year" in 1972, 1973, 1974 and 1975.

She was elected to The Country Music Hall Of Fame in 1988.

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State to acquire
beachfront once
owned by Loretta Lynn

By Rod Thompson
Big Island correspondent

HILO -- Beachfront North Kona property formerly owned by country and western singer Loretta Lynn will become state land in an exchange approved yesterday by the Board of Land and Natural Resources.

The current owner of the 3-acre property at Kiholo Bay, heart pacemaker inventor Dr. Earl Bakken, will trade it for six acres of state land mauka of his house.

Bakken earlier sought nine acres of pahoehoe lava land just mauka of his house as a location for a caretaker's house. Appraisals showed that the 3-acre Lynn property on a pebble beach, which Bakken bought in 1999 for $2.7 million, was equal in value only to six acres of the lava land.

A Land Board staff report said a 2,000-square-foot house built by Lynn is a liability, since it has no water, electricity, or sewer, and poses a security problem, so it has no value.

The staff recommended having Bakken remove the Lynn house, but Land Board head Timothy Johns said his department should be notified before the house is demolished in case some use is found for it.

Legislative approval for the exchange already has been granted.


Harrison, an 80-year-old comedian from Des Plaines, Ill., has worked Radio City Music Hall and did a guest appearance on ``The Ed Sullivan Show.'' He's split the spotlight with acts like Bob Hope, George Burns, Loretta Lynn and Johnny Cash. The Chicago Tribune did a story on Harrison last month; his penchant for sound effects earned him the headline, ``The man with the golden throat.''



Generous Midstate residents gave many families a reason to celebrate, but one need seemed just out of reach for the earthbound. While celebrities including Roseanne Barr, Loretta Lynn and WWE wrestlers responded with presents when they learned 15-year-old Danny Webster was waiting for a heart, Danny believes it was his daily prayers that brought the most precious gift.

His mother, Alexandria Webster, got the phone call on Tuesday at 9:30 p.m.

By midnight, a new heart was being placed into Danny's chest, and yesterday he was sitting up and talking. The family hopes to be living all together, up the street at the Ronald McDonald House, by the new year and returning to their old life six to eight weeks later.

"You just can't even imagine how it feels," Webster said.

Danny's room at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt has to stay pristine, without presents or decorations, to keep germs out while Danny is taking immune system-suppressing drugs. But that doesn't matter to the Webster family today.

"We had our Christmas on the 20th," Webster said with a smile.


 . Dear Santa Claus:

I am 10 years old. I have 3 sisters. I think I have been nice. For Christmas I want a cell phone so I can call my friends without my sisters yelling, “Get off the phone!!” I also want the twin baby dolls. Those are like real baby's. I also want a karaoke machine. I want that because I LOVE to sing. I also want a dance matt. I also want make-up. So I can be b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l. I also want to see my favorite singer's house, Loretta Lynn. That's all!

Your Friend,

Kayla Cooley,



My dad, Johnny Cash

The singing legend's only son writes about the one thing that mattered to his father more than music: family.

By John Carter Cash

We were best friends. I miss him terribly.

The new film, "Walk the Line," is appropriately titled. Walking the line defined my father until the day he died, Sept. 12, 2003, at age 71.

My dad never got to see the final cut, but he had great faith that Joaquin Phoenix, as both an actor and singer, could pull off playing him. He saw how Sissy Spacek portrayed Loretta Lynn in "Coal Miner's Daughter" in 1980, and he was greatly impressed. To have his own singing voice come out of Joaquin's mouth? That wouldn't feel honest to Dad.



Lynn didn't need rhinestones to shine

Country star Loretta Lynn performs Thursday night for a near-sellout crowd at the Orpheum Theatre.
Iconic country star mesmerizes Orpheum crowd with old and new songs.

The Wichita Eagle

As Loretta Lynn once sang, "If you're lookin' at me, you're lookin' at country."

A near-sellout crowd looked, and listened Thursday night when the iconic country star took the stage at the Orpheum Theatre.

"What do you want to hear?" Lynn asked the audience, encouraging the crowd to join her as she launched into favorites such as "When the Tingle Becomes a Chill."

"Friends, sing along. That way you'll never hear how bad I am," she said, joking.

Earlier in the evening, local favorite Johnny Western treated the crowd to classic cowboy songs, including a medley of TV western theme songs. Lynn's twin daughters Patsy and Peggy, who perform under the stage name The Lynns, also warmed up the audience with more contemporary fare. Later on, they joined their mother for a few songs.

Lynn no longer wears beaded ball gowns onstage, performing instead in a purple spangled blazer and black pants. Truth be told, her music doesn't need sparkles or embellishments to shine.

At 70, Lynn's voice holds perhaps more twang than in her youth, and just as much grit as audiences have come to expect from Butcher Holler's honky-tonk girl.

She recently recovered from a bout of pneumonia, Lynn said. She looked somewhat frail onstage, performing most of her 40-minute set seated in an upholstered chair.

But Lynn is still a forceful presence. As the evening wore on, she captivated the Orpheum crowd with numbers such as "One's On the Way" and "God Bless America Again."

In the past 44 years Lynn has made more than 70 albums and recorded dozens of Top 10 singles, including "Don't Come Home A Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)" and her theme song, "Coal Miner's Daughter," which later became the title of her best-selling autobiography and the Oscar-winning film version of the book.

Her latest album, 2004's gritty "Van Lear Rose," won two Grammys and offered an antidote to the pop-country sound coming out of Nashville today.

Lynn made her name in the 1960s and '70s with a straightforward honky-tonk style, delivering country songs from a blue-collar woman's perspective. The recording industry didn't know what to make of her frank take on the women's movement, but fans loved songs like "The Pill" and "Rated X," helping Lynn forge the way for strong female artists in all genres.

Decades later, her message still resonates with old fans, and Lynn has drawn in younger audiences thanks to her work with the White Stripes' Jack White, who produced "Van Lear Rose."

The Orpheum held plenty of new fans, and many longtime Lynn aficionados.

Wichitans Tim and Pat O'Sullivan said they went online as soon as they heard that the singer would perform in the area. Their foresight paid off with front-row seats.

"Her latest album is great, and we're big fans of country," Tim O'Sullivan said.

"To me she's like Hank Williams -- one of the great singers of country music."

For his wife, Lynn's appeal was even simpler: "She's an icon."

Farther back in the crowd, Cale Topinka, 31, settled in to listen to the country legend.

"I'm into punk rock, but I love old-time country," he said.

He was in the right place, then, with Lynn delivering hits such as "You Ain't Woman Enough (To Take My Man)" and the natural show closer, "Coal Miner's Daughter."

As she sang the final notes, the audience gave her a standing ovation, hoping to bring the star back on stage for a final look at country, Loretta Lynn style.


 Pretty, tough

By Laura Younkin
Special to The Courier-Journal

Nashville girls play too pretty these days. Where's Loretta Lynn threatening to beat up the other woman, Tammy Wynette with her over-the-top co-dependence or Kitty Wells talking back to the boys? The females in country music have gotten so tame they make Barbara Mandrell's reign look like madness.

Thank goodness for Gretchen Wilson. When she stormed into the Nashville music scene last year with "Here for the Party," she blew the hairs out of some perfectly styled coiffures. Wilson has a talent for appealing to men and women, old and young. She's knows how to take care of herself — and she'll take care of you, too, should you get out of line.



You may hate yourself if you miss Lee Ann

Lee Ann Womack rides triple victories at the CMAs to a prime slot on the Alan Jackson tour tonight in West Palm Beach.


You know you're real country when Loretta Lynn tells you so.

For Lee Ann Womack, a 39-year-old native of Jacksonville, Texas, it was a defining moment early in her career.

Womack was just starting out and her self-titled album in 1997 was a refreshing oddity. Shania Twain's gimmicky brand of exclamation-point pop dominated the country market while Womack, with songs like Never Again, Again and The Fool, was a traditionalist.

Lynn was so taken with the newcomer she told her to stick to her guns and kindly keep it country. ''She's so sweet, so funny,'' Womack says of Lynn.

It was sage advice. After an ill-advised flirtation with mainstream country-pop on the poorly received and aptly named 2002 CD, Something Worth Leaving Behind, the follow-up to her smash 2000 effort I Hope You Dance, Womack startled the industry with her decidedly retro fifth studio album, There's More Where That Came From.

With its gauzy cover photo recalling vintage '60s Tammy Wynette LPs and song titles such as I May Hate Myself in the Morning, a poignant tale about a woman who turns to an ex for comfort even though she knows the relationship is doomed, and the descriptive Twenty Years and Two Husbands Ago, There's More Where That Came From has become the darling of the country cognoscenti.

Two weeks ago, Womack won the coveted Album of the Year award from the Country Music Association, as well as Single of the Year for the plaintive I May Hate Myself in the Morning. Good News, Bad News, a duet with fellow traditionalist George Strait, from his Somewhere Down in Texas CD, garnered Womack her third CMA award of the night.

Listening to Loretta clearly paid off.



April 25, 2004

Lynn mining old passions

Los Angeles Times

LA Times photo/Robert Gauthier

Loretta Lynn in a favorite dress at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.

HURRICANE MILLS, Tenn. — The heart of the tourist season is still weeks away, but there’s anticipation in the air at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch, the singer’s entertainment complex nestled on 6,000 acres of rolling hills about halfway between Nashville and Memphis.

Hundreds of thousands of fans have come here annually for three decades to buy souvenirs, ride horses, marvel at memorabilia and hope for a glimpse of the woman whose ’60s hits challenged the country music stereotype of the subservient wife.

If the workmen seem to have an extra bounce in their steps, it may be because Lynn has just made one of the most exciting albums to come out of Nashville in years, a striking mix of country and rock textures.

If Johnny Cash was the last great “feel good” story, Lynn is poised to be the next one.

The CD, “Van Lear Rose,” produced by rock phenom Jack White of the White Stripes, is free of the bland, pop-minded elements that have stripped country music of much of its character and passion in recent years.

Through the two-week process of making the album, Lynn and White got along famously and formed a mutual admiration society. She calls White as country as corn bread, and he says she can sing daisies out of the ground.

“ I was a little nervous when we started because Jack wanted to do all the vocals in one take and I’m used to warming up on a song a few times,” Lynn says of the collaboration, “but he felt you get the most feeling the first time you do it, and he was right.”

From Lynn’s vocals to White’s production work, this is an album so rich and varied that it could pick up Grammy nominations in pop, rock and contemporary folk categories.

In “Portland, Oregon,” Lynn, who is believed to be around 70, and White, 28, blend their talents so deftly that you’d think they were the same age. White’s production has some of the arty traces of Daniel Lanois’ moody soundscapes with Bob Dylan or Emmylou Harris, while Lynn’s vocals are almost shockingly youthful.

Elsewhere, White’s arrangements blend the aggression of his own guitar with the lonesome wail of a steel guitar for a sound that is both ultra-contemporary and faithful to the honky-tonk tradition associated with Hank Williams. The mood moves from self-affirmation to heartache, witty to warm.

Lynn wrote all 13 songs on “Van Lear Rose,” due out from Interscope on April 27. Many have the confrontational style of such tunes as “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind)” “The Pill,” a once-shocking declaration of independence against being forced into motherhood, and “Fist City,” in which she warned a flirtatious rival.

It has been 40 years since Lynn broke down barriers in country music by standing up to, rather than always standing by, her man, and she still marvels at the nerve she struck.

“ It’s hard for me to write a song if it’s not true,” Lynn says, sitting in the living room of her 14-room house, which overlooks endless acres of farm land.

“ Women would come up after our concerts and say, ‘You know that song you did tonight? I think you wrote it about me.’ I’d go, ‘Well, it’s about a lot of women, ain’t it?’”

The irony of Lynn’s bold declarations all these years was that she didn’t live what she was preaching. As she outlined in two bestselling autobiographies, her husband, Oliver “Doo” Lynn, was a heavy drinker who frequently cheated on her.

But she stood by him, even putting her career on hold in the ’90s to be at his side. He suffered from heart problems and diabetes so severe that both feet were amputated. He died in 1996.

Lynn says she used to joke about the gap between her songs and her life with her close friend and fellow country star Tammy Wynette, whose “Stand by Your Man” was country’s greatest tale of feminine loyalty.

“ Tammy came to me one day and said, ‘Loretta, you’re the one who should have sung ‘Stand by Your Man,’ and I should have sung your hits.’ We laughed because she was right. I stood by Doo, and Tammy changed men three or four times.

“ But I knew that (Doo and I) really loved each other and that our relationship was worth fighting for. So I would write a song about it when we had problems and it would help take it off my mind.”

White doesn’t bother with a “country” qualifier when he calls Lynn the best female singer-songwriter he’s heard. “She has a unique way of telling about women’s feelings in a way that almost borders on novelty but is so heartfelt and moving that you know it’s absolutely sincere,” he said.

His appreciation of her, in turn, helped him bring a new dimension to her music, much as rock producer Rick Rubin did in his pairing with Johnny Cash in the ’90s.

Comparisons between this Lynn-White album and the Cash-Rubin projects will be plentiful. There is one undeniable similarity. Lynn and Cash are both Country Music Hall of Fame members who were given the cold shoulder by country radio programmers obsessed with the latest young voices.

In White’s eyes, though, there’s nothing out of style about Lynn.

White, who was raised in a rough, dead-end section of Detroit, was inspired by how Lynn overcame the hardships in her life and made something of herself. Born in raw poverty in Kentucky, she had limited education, was married at 13 and had four children by 18. She didn’t start making records until her 20s.

White is such a fan that he and Stripes bandmate Meg White even visited the Hurricane Mills ranch — as tourists — when driving back to Detroit after recording their 2001 album, “White Blood Cells,” in Memphis.

“ We went all over the place and saw the mansion and everything,” he said. “The whole place was amazing. That’s when we decided to dedicate the album to Loretta. We both loved her music.”

Lynn’s manager, Nancy Russell, a fan of the Stripes album, noticed the dedication and passed “White Blood Cells” along to the singer in summer 2002. Lynn liked the country elements in parts of the CD and wrote White a thank-you note. He framed it and jumped at Lynn’s invitation to come to Hurricane Mills for chicken and dumplings the next time he and Meg were in Nashville.

Lynn financed the album, which was recorded last year in typical Jack White fashion. Lynn was backed by three country-rock musicians brought in by White, who plays lead guitar on the CD.

Rather than stick with a Nashville label, Lynn signed with Interscope, whose co-founder Jimmy Iovine has championed such acts as Dr. Dre., Nine Inch Nails, Eminem and U2.

The more you talk to songwriters, the more you find that they’re a lot like their music, because the music is a reflection of them, not simply designed for radio.

That’s true in Lynn’s case.

She’s got as much warmth and wit as all those hits. She’s also a gracious host. If she’s too busy to cook her prized chicken and dumplings, she’ll phone her restaurant — Loretta Lynn’s Kitchen is just down the road — and ask them to whip up something.

On this afternoon, that call leads to heaping trayfuls of fried catfish and hush puppies plus a peach cobbler as large as a pingpong table.

If there’s anything she’s more excited about than food, it’s the album and White.

“ I think Jack is a genius,” the 5-foot-2 singer says. “I think he may be a greater producer than an artist, and he’s already a great artist.”

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Worst biographies

Movie Critic

Pick the worst film biography of a country musician? No problem: the 1964 "Your Cheatin' Heart," in which George Hamilton (yes, the Tanned One) plays Hank Williams, who died at 29 looking as pale as if he'd never stepped out of a barroom.

But the best? Hard to say. Here are five in order of preference:

"Coal Miner's Daughter" (1980) -- Sissy Spacek (above, left) won an Academy Award for playing Loretta Lynn and doing her own singing; the film earned six more nominations (including best picture) and rode the crest of country music's mass popularity in the wake of "Urban Cowboy."

"Sweet Dreams" (1985) -- Jessica Lange was also Oscar-nominated for playing Patsy Cline, who died at 30 in a plane crash after establishing herself as country music's most affecting singer.

"Bound for Glory" (1976) -- Speaking of Oscars, this won for cinematography and score by profiling Woody Guthrie (David Carradine). Guthrie was more of a folk singer, but distinctions weren't clear in the 1940s, and country singers covered his music ("This Land is Your Land").

"Elvis" (1979) -- His roots were in country music, and to country music he returned at the end. Almost three dozen people have played him, but I'm partial to Kurt Russell in the TV biopic filmed shortly after his death.

"Payday" (1972) -- Maury Dann never existed, but Rip Torn brings him to life in this little-seen drama about a drink-fueled, womanizing, small-time musician who tours until he self-destructs. A gem worth seeking.


Country music biopic that'll have you crying in your beer



Directed by Michael Apted, this mother of all country music biopics stars Sissy Spacek as the lady in high-collared lace, Loretta Lynn, who rose from Kentucky pauper to Nashville royalty. Tommy Lee Jones nearly steals the show as the singer's impresario/husband, and Beverly D'Angelo makes a voluptuous, near-perfect Patsy Cline.

Pure country ingredient: Music supervision is by legendary producer Owen Bradley, who guided Lynn and Cline's best works.

Song pick: ''I'm a Honky Tonk Girl," reminding us of a time when all it took to conquer radio was talent, gumption, and gas in the car.

Hats off to: The Band drummer Levon Helm, showing a flair for the dramatic as Loretta's coal-mining dad.

Lip service: Who knew Carrie could sing? Not only did Spacek win an Oscar for this role, she was nominated for a Grammy, too.



Movie Review

Johnny and June: Because of her, he walked the line

Seattle Times movie critic
It's easy and perhaps inevitable to compare James Mangold's Johnny Cash biopic "Walk the Line" with "Ray," last year's Oscar-blessed drama about a famous musician who learns to overcome his demons. Each features vivid performances, heroic struggles against addiction and a warts-and-all view of the man at its center. ("Walk the Line" even comes with a hero haunted by a brother lost in childhood — just like "Ray.") But watching Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon in "Walk the Line" kept bringing up memories of a different movie, and a fine one: "Coal Miner's Daughter," the 1980 biopic in which Sissy Spacek became Loretta Lynn before our eyes.


 Yoakam's legacy full of tributes

By Jeffrey Lee Puckett
The Courier-Journal

When it's all said and done, Dwight Yoakam may end up one of Kentucky's two or three finest exports, ranking below Loretta Lynn, Bill Monroe and bourbon but above, say, Merle Travis and Johnny Depp.



Friday, November 18, 2005

Johnny Cash tops list of greatest music comebacks 

Don't Call It A Comeback – Even If It Is Appropriate
By: David Schultz

Just over a year ago, the Boston Red Sox impossibly overcame a 3-0 deficit by winning four straight games against the New York Yankees, completing the most improbable comeback in the history of sports. New Yorkers were on the happier end of a comeback this year, as late October saw Cream reuniting after a 38 year absence for a three night stand at Madison Square Garden. To honor the tradition of the extraordinary comeback, Earvolution presents the top 10 unpredictable, unlikely, implausible comebacks in music history..

6. Loretta Lynn (2004)

Outside of country music circles, Loretta Lynn's career peaked in 1980 when Sissy Spacek won an Oscar for her portrayal of her in Coal Miner's Daughter. Even those in the know about country music would concede that her best music came during the sixties and seventies. Lynn's career would likely have remained stagnant were it not for Jack White and his contributions to her 2004 album Van Lear Rose. Bringing his own modern perspective to the mix, White produced, arranged and lent his voice to the outstanding "Portland, Oregon," bringing Lynn one of her greatest commercial and critical successes while resurrecting her career in the process. White Stripes fanatics and curious listeners received a pleasant surprise as the combination of White and Lynn produced either the most revved-up county album or the most countrified rock album in years. The bizarre sight of Lynn and White accepting their well-deserved Grammy award for Best Country Album provided the coup-de-grace for her "Return From Obscurity" comeback.


Review: A brilliant 'Walk the Line'Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon in "Walk the Line

Phoenix, Witherspoon give great performances in top-notch filmJoaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon in "Walk the Line.

By Paul Clinton
For CNN.com Hollywood loves biographical films, and movies about country music stars are almost a genre within that genre, from "Coal Miner's Daughter" (Sissy Spacek gives an Oscar-winning performance as Loretta Lynn) to "Great Balls of Fire" featuring Dennis Quaid's sweat-drenched performance) to "Sweet Dreams" (the fine Jessica Lange as Patsy Cline).


Walk the Line

Walk the Line will boost the careers of director James Mangold, Joaquin Phoenix and, above all, Reese Witherspoon, who initially seemed an unlikely choice for June Carter Cash. Ms. Witherspoon has less footage than Mr. Phoenix, but she commands the screen with such vibrancy that viewers will forget she was ever a "legal blonde."

She inhabits the role much as Sissy Spacek inhabited Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner's Daughter. June's love for Johnny is complex, shaded by wariness of his lifestyle and her own love of performing. Ms. Witherspoon captures each layer of June's conflicted feelings.



Border Radio

Roots & Americana

Western Washington ain't exactly the Dust Bowl or the Painted Desert, what with all the precipitation and foliage. Regardless, something about the music of local Sera Cahoone conjures up a vibe that's a little bit The Grapes of Wrath, a little bit The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. Her arrangements and vocal performances display astute economy, throwing her lyrics and melodies into sharp, almost exaggerated relief, like long afternoon shadows.My mother listened to everything from Patsy Cline to Dolly Parton to Fleetwood Mac," she notes of her formative years. "But then I rented Coal Miner's Daughter about five years ago. I haven't been the same since discovering Loretta Lynn." For confirmation, check out the confrontational stance of "Long Highway" (there's a mp3 of it up at www.seracahoone.com), wherein she quietly insists, "Don't tell me lies/for once tell me what's on your mind."



Country Music? Whose Country?

These forces don't often operate in the way you'd expect. When, say, a rock 'n' roll fan is bashing country, the complaint probably won't be that the music is too rural or old-fashioned: the complaint will probably be, instead, that it's too slick; they love Willie Nelson but wouldn't be caught dead listening to the pop-country group Rascal Flatts. Similarly, the recent collaboration between Loretta Lynn and the postpunk bluesman Jack White (of the White Stripes) got a warmer reception on CMT than on country radio, and an even warmer one on MTV2. In country music, alternative and old-fashioned sometimes mean the same thing, and outsiders might be even hungrier for authenticity than insiders.



When a killer margarita and pico de gallo will do

Special to The Seattle Times

Appetizing, no? It's all part of El Chupacabra's folksy, Mexi-Goth sensibility, which is reflected in its decor — the boisterous color-drenched excess of rural Mexico, complete with cow skulls, dancing skeletons and bloody hearts.

It also has a jukebox to be reckoned with (featuring Loretta Lynn and the Sex Pistols — and all stops in between)



'Collision' leaves Crowder at worship music peak

The project is divided into four parts and contains 21 tracks, among them the first studio version of the road-tested favorite "Here Is Our King" and a cover of Loretta Lynn's "Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven." The band even tackles bluegrass for the first time with a rendition of the Hank Williams classic "I Saw the Light."



Giving the Gospel

Ray Overholt's strong voice filled his Battle Creek living room with the words of his most popular song, "Ten Thousand Angels."

"He could have called 10,000 angels to destroy the world and set him free ... but he died alone for you and me," Overholt, 81, sang as his wife, Millie, 76, accompanied him on the keyboard.

Ten Thousand Angels," written in the 1950s, has sold more than a million copies and has been recorded by musicians such as Kate Smith and Loretta Lynn. It's also been sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and is still sung by soloists and church choirs, especially during the Lenten and Easter season.


‘Hee Haw’ and more

    Loretta Lynn: Songs of Inspiration (MPI, $15). Gospel performances from her stint on the 1960s syndicated "Wilburn Brothers Show."

      The Nashville Sound (S'More, $10). Classic clips of Lynn, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Roy Acuff, Hank Snow, Bi



McBride's still 'as country as it gets'

Concert a spirited mix of old and new


"Long before Gretchen Wilson, there was another woman who was a bit of a redneck," McBride said before pulling out the stops on Loretta Lynn's You Ain't Woman Enough To Take My Man.

It was great to hear McBride's spirited version, and just plain satisfying to hear the song done live again.


Sounding just grand at 80

Alive and kickin', Grand Ole Opry stops off at Carnegie Hall tonight

 Eighty years later, the Grand Ole Opry is all but synonymous with country music. Uncle Jimmy may not be much remembered today, but the list of Opry stars past and present is a roll-call of country greats: Roy Acuff, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton. The show - now taped at Nashville's Opryland, its dedicated home since 1974 - reaches 34 million fans in the United States and Canada every Saturday night via WSM (650 AM), as well as by cable television, satellite radio and the Internet.



Country? Or hip-hop?


We begin our roundup of another insanely rich autumn concert week by briefly referencing two important performances at hand. One is sold out. The other, by all rights, should be.

The first is the annual Renfro Valley visit by the Van Lear Rose herself, Loretta Lynn. And as usual, her concerts tonight and Saturday have been sold out for weeks. For the lucky fans with tickets.



Portland, Oregon: Can a Place Be Too Perfect?

In recent years, Portland has acquired a reputation as a big city with a small-town quality of life: The air is fresh, the food is organic, the streets are paved with good intentions

July/August 2005 issue

When I first heard Loretta Lynn sing, "Well, Portland, Oregon, and sloe gin fizz / If that ain't love, then tell me what is," I wanted to write her a letter. "Dear Loretta," it would say. "Have you ever considered Havana, Cuba, and a bottle of rum? How about Madrid, Spain, and a lusty Rioja?" As far as I could tell, there was nothing particularly seductive about a city where plug-ins for electric cars were installed nine years ago, where the most prominent new building was made with recycled material, where you'd be hard pressed to find a street without a clearly marked bike lane. Maybe Loretta was on to something.it started, as these things do, with smart planning. Twenty-five years ago, the regional government created an urban growth boundary, confining new development to established neighborhoods in order to minimize sprawl. The result is a city unfettered by strip malls and prefab developments; instead, Portland is a patchwork of neighborhoods, each a sort of self-contained, distinctive ecosystem.


Coal Miner’s Daughter  
Contributed by Brent Simon  

Wednesday, 02 November 2005

We’re in the throes of a musical biopic renaissance, what with Jamie Foxx’s Oscar-winning turn in Ray, Kevin Spacey’s exaltation of Bobby Darin with Beyond the Sea and now James Mangold’s impending Johnny Cash biopic, Walk the Line. But the big-haired matriarch of the genre might well have to be director Michael Apted and star Sissy Spacek’s Coal Miner’s Daughter, a moving and engrossing 1980 Oscar-winner about country singer Loretta Lynn that eschews convention and presents one of the more honest and non-pandering Hollywood depictions of the South of the last quarter century.

The film starts off in a place most biopics don’t have to contend with — with its central character as a child bride. Loretta marries erstwhile moonshiner Doolittle Lynn (Tommy Lee Jones) and soon leaves the hills of rural poor Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, for Washington State. While launching a family of her own, it’s here that she and “Doo” discover her aptitude for music, and embark on crafting a career for her. The rest of the movie charts her life as a mother, wife and, of course, budding country superstar.

Spacek was a deserving Best Actress Academy Award winner for her mesmerizing, full-tilt turn as Lynn, and the rest of the supporting cast is uniformly excellent too (Beverly D’Angelo is especially fine as Patsy Cline). Still, it’s the movie’s honest depiction of Doo and Loretta’s difficult relationship — combined with unresolved guilt that Lynn feels toward her modest familial roots as she achieves success — that helps elevate Coal Miner’s Daughter above claptrap convention, and for this one can thank Apted, whose documentary training helps lend the film much authenticity, and Tom Rickman’s fine screenplay adaptation of Lynn’s own autobiography.

Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen with both a 5.1 Dolby digital audio track (a bonus for the musical numbers) and its original mono mix (blech!), Coal Miner’s Daughter’s supplements kick off with a genial and informed audio commentary track with Spacek and Apted. The director’s subsequent participation in a nine-minute interview of reminiscence with Tommy Lee Jones helps melt the actor’s gruff exterior a bit, and there’s also an exclusive interview with the real Lynn by Apted, filmed at the Loretta Lynn Museum in Nashville, Tennessee. There is also the strange inclusion of a five-minute clip from ex-President George Herbert Walker Bush speaking tangentially about the film at a 1989 American Film Institute event. A touted “limited edition photo journal” is really just an eight-page insert booklet with production stills and lifted quotes — some in character, some about the casting and making of the movie — but it’s a pleasant enough finishing touch for a fine film that should receive further acclaim. A- (Movie) A- (Disc)


 now there was a song: Depressed songwriter produces Gayle’s first hit
Friday, November 4, 2005 12:47 PM CST

By Doug Davis

This week in 1977, a young lady named Brenda Gail Webb was about to have the biggest record of her career—which began a list of hit records in 1970 and by this time in 1990 would place 52 songs on the country music charts, 12 of which would also score on the pop charts.

By this time, Brenda Gail Webb was known as Crystal Gayle—a name given to her by her big sister Loretta Lynn. According to Crystal (or Brenda Gail) Loretta thought the new name was “bright and shiny” and that it fit her little sister.

Record producer Allen Reynolds is credited with finding the song titled “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue.”

Writer Richard Leigh was going through a period of depression at the time and his next door neighbor, Sandy Mason, invited Reynolds to drop by and cheer up the despondent Leigh. Reynolds came by and the three of them sat on the floor of Leigh’s apartment while Richard sang some of his songs. Richard finally mentioned one more song that he intended to send to Shirley Bassey. After he sang “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue,” Reynolds insisted on taking the song with him.

At the time of the recording session, Crystal’s regular keyboard player, Charles Cochran, was recovering from a mild stroke, so Hargus “Pig” Robbins was called in his place. “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” was recorded in one take.

The song won Richard Leigh his second CMA Song Of The Year award and also netted two Grammy awards.

The United Artists single was also Crystal Gayle’s only million selling record.

It entered the country music charts July 9, 1977 and made it to No. 1, where it stuck for four weeks. It was her 13th charted single and was on the country charts for 18 weeks.

A month after showing up on the country list, the single debuted on the pop charts at No. 90 and 16 weeks later it peaked at No. 2—where it stayed for three weeks.

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Now that November is finally here, I can begin recommending holiday music releases with a clear conscience (far be it from me to pull a Wal-Mart and start before Halloween has even passed). So what should be the first CDs you snag? Well, there's the 20th Century Masters Christmas Collection (Universal, $11.98 SRP each), which includes individual releases from Loretta Lynn, Great Voices of Christmas (featuring Pavaroti, Domingo, Carreras, and more), Englebert Humperdinck, Donna Summer, Motown Christmas: Volume 2 (with Stevie Wonder's "What Christmas Means To Me"), The Four Tops, and Santa's Greatest Hits (which has all of the essentials, from Brenda Lee rockin' around the Christmas tree to the Chipmunks and Alvin's hula hoop plea).


  The Sounds of Loretta Lynn will be performed at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Dallas L. Winchester Senior Center in Wabash. Charlene Hutchins will perform a lip sync presentation of Lynn's music. Hutchins looks like Lynn, who lived for a time in Wabash.



Bobby Bare's gloriously subtle comeback

Singer reinvents the sad country tune.

Which makes the outstanding "The Moon Was Blue" (get it?) that much more of a surprise. This doesn't feel like a studied career reboot like Johnny Cash's with producer Rick Rubin or Loretta Lynn tarted up by Jack White. It's simply an excellent collection of songs, arranged and produced by his son and Mark Nevers, a Nashville engineer who also works with countryish art-rockers Lambchop.



John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in partnership with The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts today announced the artist roster for Country: A Celebration of America’s Music, a festival that will run March 20 – April 9, 2006. The festival, created in partnership with The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum with honorary co-chairs Vince Gill and Emmylou Harris, will feature performances in most of the performing spaces at the Center.

“Among the powerhouse names that will be performing at the Center during this Festival are Country Music Hall of Fame members Kris Kristofferson, Loretta Lynn, Ray Price and Earl Scruggs and his Family and Friends Band.


 TIMELESS Martina McBride; RCA.

Country fans who lament that their music has gone slick pop can rejoice with “Timeless.”

Martina McBride – no stranger herself to overproduction – has produced a wonderful compilation of classics. Not only are the covers true to the originals by the likes of Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette and Ray Price, they’re recorded in a retro style – straightforward vocals and instrumentals by a half-dozen or so musicians, without the electronic frills.

The pedal steel sets the tone in the first few bars of the opening track, Williams’ “You Win Again.” On “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” the words are those of composer Don Gibson, but the arrangement is Ray Charles. Lynn Anderson’s “Rose Garden”  true to the original “You Ain’t Woman Enough” is all Loretta Lynn.


 Best of the Region
Take a short trip to events close to Louisville


The Bardstown Opry. Nelson County Civic Center, 321 S. Third St., Bardstown, Ky. Friday, Oct. 21, 8 p.m., "Tribute to Loretta Lynn" with Emily Pirtle and the Country Cookin' Band,



'Coal Miner's Daughter' (1980) The straightforward storyline of this sweet film sticks quite closely to the details that Loretta Lynn laid out in her chatty 1976 autobiography. As Lynn, Sissy Spacek handles the vocal duties, and in the process eerily channels Lynn's spark. Flexing her malleable acting chops, Spacek is as convincing as 13-year-old Butcher Holler Loretta as she is the bouffant-crowned, granny-gowned Nashville Loretta of the 1970s.

Lynn's health problems (migraines, physical exhaustion) stand in for the standard biopic convention of street drugs, but there's menace to spare in the form of her devoted but dogmatic husband, Doo (Tommy Lee Jones). Bonus points for spotting William Sanderson (Larry from TV's Newhart) as a moonshiner and Levon Helm of the Band as Loretta's father Ted Webb. Free from flashback sequences and including only one performance-montage, Coal Miner's Daughter puts on no airs--just like Loretta Lynn.


 Loretta Lynn Breaks Foot; Columbus Concert Canceled


Country Music star Loretta Lynn has canceled at least five concerts, including one tonight in Columbus, because of a broken left foot.

Lynn's agent told the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts that the singer broke her foot last night on her tour bus as it was headed to Columbus. 

The RiverCenter is working to reschedule Lynn's performance.  Ticket holders will be given a refund if they contact the RiverCenter box office at (706) 256-3625.

Lynn has also canceled performances in North Myrtle Beach and Columbia, South Carolina


Nixon does bluegrass/country her way On her new CD, "What More Should I Say?" Nixon puts some drive in the country on such classics as "Blue Kentucky Girl" and "Roses in the Snow" from the Loretta Lynn and Emmylou Harris catalog. She fires up the Hag's "Rambling Fever" (sung by guitarist Patrick Robertson), dusts off Bill Anderson's "Slipping Away" (a hit for Jean Shepard) and duets with Whispering Bill on "We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds."

Nixon, a lifelong Loretta fan, said there is nothing like hearing the audience clap after just a few lines of her daddy's favorite Loretta song, "Blue Kentucky Girl."

"She's my hero -- anybody knows that," Nixon said. "She had the guts to really do it and raise her family, and she has a high precedent for me. I really love her music and what she stood for."



200 years of Richmond history

Sept. 10, 1999

America's "coal miner's daughter" took the stage as standing-room-only crowds filled the Tom Raper Center at the Wayne County Fairgrounds.

On Sept. 10, 1999, the crowd thundered with applause at the sight of Loretta Lynn, who had pulled herself up from Appalachian poverty to become one of the most popular and influential country singers ever.

Loretta Webb became Loretta Lynn at age 14, and at first seemed destined to a life of homemaking. But when her husband bought her a guitar as an anniversary present, the gift set her on the path to country music greatness, national stardom and a hit biopic, "Coal Miner's Daughter."


Don Grashey, who helped discover Loretta Lynn, Caroll Baker, dies at 79

THUNDER BAY, Ont. (CP) - Don Grashey, the Canadian country music manager and label owner who helped discover Loretta Lynn, has died.

Grashey passed away at his home in Thunder Bay, Ont., at the age of 79. He and Vancouver producer Chuck Williams, who died just over a week ago, heard the voice of a girl in the late 1950s they thought sounded like Kitty Wells and offered her a chance to cut a record with the pair's label.

That girl was Lynn, and the record was I'm A Honky Tonk Girl.

Grashey went on to manage the music careers of Myrna Lorrie, Carroll Baker and Cindi Cain.

He was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1989 and was known as a paternal figure for up-coming country singers.

"He was always like a father to me," Baker said Monday in an interview, near tears.

"He was one of the greatest parts of the past in country music in this country that anybody will ever see."

Baker released most of her records, which included a string of No. 1 hits in the late 1970s, on Grashey's Gaity label, which he ran out of Thunder Bay.

"He brought a certain business sense to the industry where there wasn't much at that time," said Larry LeBlanc of Billboard Magazine.

"He single-handedly moulded and worked with Caroll Baker."

As a songwriter, Grashey's repertoire included Are You Mine? The song has been recorded by numerous artists including Ernest Tubb and Red Sovine.


Music News

Canadian country veteran Grashey dead at 79

By Larry Leblanc Sep 13, 2005, 20:14 GMT


TORONTO - Canadian country manager, label owner and songwriter Don Grashey passed away at home in Thunder Bay, Ontario Monday (Sept. 12) at the age of 79.

His death coincided with the presentation of the 2005 Canadian Country Music Awards in Calgary, Alberta. Just ten days earlier, his longtime business partner Chuck Williams also passed on.

Grashey was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1989. He is widely recognized for discovering American country singer LORETTA LYNN  while she was performing in Vancouver, British Columbia nightclubs in the late `50s. Grashey signed Lynn to his Vancouver-based Zero Records label, and produced her regional hit 'I`m a Honky Tonk Girl.'

In addition, Grashey discovered 14 year-old Canadian singer Myrna Lorrie in 1955, and launched her short-lived North American country career.

Grashey`s most sustained production and management success came with Canadian singer Carroll Baker, Canada`s reigning country queen of the 1970s and 1980s.

Grashley produced 18 No. 1 Canadian hits for Baker on his Gaiety Record label and then for RCA Records Canada. These included 'I`ve Never Been So Far Before,' 'The Hungry Fire of Love,' and 'One Night of Cheatin.'

Baker broke down when informed of her mentor`s death by Billboard.biz. 'I can`t believe it,' she said. 'I talked to him last week and I was going to see him later this month. We went through so much together


Soundtrack update

"Coal Miner's Daughter" is no "Ben-Hur" -- for one thing, no chariots, only coal trains -- but the slightly fictionalized 1980 portrait of country music singer and composer Loretta Lynn, whose career was reignited last year with help from Detroit's Jack White, was extremely influential.

Its calluses-and-hard-times treatment of Lynn's life and long marriage to hard-drinking, womanizing Mooney Lynn (Tommy Lee Jones) was very different from the usual air-brushed bios. It set the template for films like "Ray" and the upcoming "Walk the Line," about Lynn's contemporary, Johnny Cash.

The new "25th Anniversary Edition" "(FOUR STARS out of four stars, Universal, $19.98) makes its biggest improvement where it was needed most: the soundtrack. It has Sissy Spacek doing a fine job singing Lynn's songs, but is now pristinely presented in 5.1 Surround. (If you listen closely, you can now hear Levon Helm, the former drummer for the Band, who plays Lynn's daddy, singing at his own funeral.)


Loretta Lynn's named Team USA title sponsor.

The AMA/Air Nautiques Amateur National Motocross Championships at Loretta Lynn's has become the title sponsor of Team USA at the 2005 Motocross of Nations, which will take place on September 24-25 in Ernee, France.

Team USA consists of 13-time AMA Motocross and AMA Supercross Champion Ricky Carmichael, veteran contender Kevin Windham, and the newly crowned 2005 AMA Motocross 125 National Champion, Ivan Tedesco. All are graduates of the Loretta Lynn's AMA amateur motocross program.

"Competing in the Motocross of Nations would not be possible without great sponsors and team support. We are thrilled that the Loretta Lynn program has stepped up to support Team USA in our goal of recapturing America's reputation as the home of the world's fastest motocross racers," said AMA president Robert Rasor. "It has been five years since Team USA has won the MXoN, but with the talent of these three great riders and the support of sponsors such as the Loretta Lynn program, we have all the ingredients for success."

The AMA/Air Nautiques Amateur National Motocross Championships at Loretta Lynn's began in 1982 and have grown into the largest motocross event in the world, with nearly 22,000 entries in this year's nationwide program.

The race has been held every year at the Hurricane Mills home of country music legend Loretta Lynn, the multi-time Grammy winner whose life story was the basis of the Academy Award-winning film Coal Miner's Daughter.

Each member of this year's Team USA is a graduate of Loretta Lynn's: Windham is from the class of 1994, Carmichael is from the class of 1996, and Tedesco graduated from the Loretta Lynn's program in 1999.

"Loretta Lynn's is a really special place for me and my family, and we go back to the race every year just to enjoy ourselves," said Carmichael, who earned a then-record 10 AMA/Air Nautiques Amateur National Championships before turning pro. "Having them sponsor Team USA means a lot to me and my team-mates."Tim Cotter, the manager of Loretta Lynn's race organiser MX Sports, said the sponsorship is one way to celebrate the success of graduates of the Loretta Lynn program.

"We are particularly proud of what three Loretta Lynn's graduates - Ricky, Kevin and Ivan - have accomplished in their professional racing careers," Cotter said. "We also hope that every participant who has ever lined up on the starting gate at Loretta Lynn's will consider themselves a Team USA supporter and a team-mate of Ricky, Kevin and Ivan."

The last American team to win the MXoN consisted of Ricky Carmichael, Ryan Hughes and Travis Pastrana who captured the victory in 2000 at St. Jean d' Angely, France. From 1981 to 1993, Team USA won the prestigious event a remarkable 13 straight times.


Country Icon Loretta Lynn will be on of the judges on this years iternational songwriting  competition along with others it is with no dought Lynn will have a strong say as to who is the one of the ebst songwriters as her grammy award winning cd Van Lear Rose shows Lynn stil and always has had the best song writing of just about any artist in any music form


Tom Waits
Grammy Winner

Loretta Lynn
Legendary Country Artist

GMA Award Winner

Joss Stone
Grammy Nominee

LeAnn Rimes
Grammy Winner
Country Artist 

Darryl McDaniels
Founding Member
Run D.M.C.

Amy Ray
Grammy Winner
Indigo Girls
Benji Madden
Good Charlotte

Sonny Rollins
Tenor Saxophonist
Lifetime Achievement and Trustee Award Recipient
Grammy Awards

Macy Gray
Grammy Winner

BeBe Winans
Grammy Winner
Gospel Artist

Isaac Brock
Lead Vocalist
Modest Mouse

Jeff Stinco
Simple Plan

John Scofield
Grammy Nominee
Jazz Guitarist

Steve Vai
Grammy Winner
Guitar Virtuoso



Country music’s top artists are helping the Grand Ole Opry and country fans celebrate the Opry’s upcoming 80th Birthday with “80 Days of Opry Winning” on the Opry’s just re-launched website, www.opry.com. Beginning today, fans can log on to win something from the Opry or a different country music superstar every day through the Opry’s official Birthday Bash Weekend in October.

Your chances to win Loretta items are:

September 17: Autographed Honky Tonk Girl CD collection

September 28: Autographed Honky Tonk Girl CD collection

October 7: Autographed copy of "You're Cookin' It Country" cookbook

In addition to the online contest and information on upcoming Opry shows, the Opry’s newly-designed website offers other highlights including cover stories, an online travel planner, exclusive columns, and more. In the site’s inaugural Cover Story, music writer Brian Mansfield describes “80 Unforgettable Moments” in the Opry’s 80-year history, from Hank Williams’ Opry debut, to President Richard Nixon’s yo-yo lessons from Opry patriarch Roy Acuff, to Martina McBride’s Opry induction by her hero, Loretta Lynn.


The Greenhornes, with members from Southeast Indiana and Northern Kentucky formed here 10 years ago, were selected as the opening act for the entire White Stripes' tour.
While playing Detroit clubs in the late '90s, the Greenhornes would find a kindred minimalist musical spirit in Jack White, who had been playing the Detroit club scene in punk, blues and country bands.

Two years ago, when country legend Loretta Lynn went looking for a producer to give her a rugged back-to-basic sound, she hooked up with White. He in turn brought in the Greenhornes' rhythm section of Lawrence and drummer Patrick Keeler to work on several cuts on Lynn's "Van Lear Rose." The heavily Grammy-nominated album won country album of the year in January.



Down home at Loretta Lynn's Butcher Hollow

This One-Tank Adventure was submitted by reader Betty Pace of Winchester.

Butcher Hollow, home of country music legend Loretta Lynn, sits in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, near the town of Van Lear.

Fans of Lynn who want to tour her homeplace are instructed with signs posted on trees and buildings to stop at Webb’s Country General Store for directions. The store is on Ky. 302 near Miller’s Creek and is owned by Herman Webb, Lynn’s brother. Webb’s daughter Madonna runs the store and gives directions.

On a recent trip to the area, my daughter and I decided to stop. Webb’s store sits by the side of the road with a large welcome sign to Johnson County, “Home of the Coal Miner’s Daughter.” Lynn’s name is signed below. A picture of a guitar is attached to the sign.

Madonna instructed us to go straight from the store until we came to a large rock with “Butcher Hollow” engraved into it.

As we approached Lynn’s homeplace, there were more signs posted on trees. One said it cost $5 a person to tour the house, and another said, “Not responsible for accidents.”

Herman Webb sat on the porch in a swing. Lynn’s voice echoed through the mountains, from an old Victrola: “I was born a coal miner’s daughter.” I gave Herman $10, and he took us inside the four-room house, which is furnished with antique beds, hand-stitched quilts, cane-bottom chairs, pictures of Lynn and other celebrities, and an old moonshine still.

Notes from Lynn’s fans are scribbled on the wallpapered rooms. Herman kept us entertained throughout the tour with stories of Lynn’s childhood. We were allowed to touch the items and take pictures. The tour took about 30 minutes, but because we were the only ones there, we were allowed to stay as long as we wanted. The house has a long porch and an attic, which was not open for tour.


Butcher Hollow

Where: Van Lear.

When: Open mostly year-round. Call ahead at (606) 789-3397 to make sure someone will be on hand to lead a tour.

For more info: Contact Paintsville Tourism, 1-800-542-5790, or visit the Web site, www.paintsville.org.


CELINE DION, ELTON JOHN, LORETTA LYNN and GEORGE CLINTON are among the stars scheduled to perform at comedian JERRY LEWIS' 40th annual TV telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The eight-hour marathon of performances and pledges airs on Sunday (04SEP05) in America.


Cooking Secrets from “The Coal Miner’s Daughter: Famed Singer-Songwriter Loretta Lynn Shares Treasured Family Recipes
By Sandy Larson

Cooking Secrets from “The Coal Miner’s Daughter: Famed Singer-Songwriter Loretta Lynn Shares Treasured Family Recipes

(Photo used by permission of Rutledge Hill Press)

When not amazing audiences across the nation with her critically acclaimed new album, Van Lear Rose, Loretta Lynn enjoys amazing family and friends with her home-style cooking.

Loretta, the second of eight children born to Clara and Ted Webb in Butcher Holler, Kentucky, discovered her passion for cooking when she was 18. At the time, she was living in Custer, Washington, with her husband Oliver (aka “Doolittle” or “Doo”). She was busy raising four children and years away from launching her illustrious singing career and releasing her best-selling autobiography, The Coal Miner’s Daughter, which later became an Oscar-winning film starring Sissy Spacek and Tommy Lee Jones.

As a gift to her children (she ended up having six total), the country music icon began writing down some of the recipes that had been passed down to her over the years by family and friends. While working on this project, she was inspired to write her own cookbook, entitled You’re Cookin’ It Country. This 216-page book features more than 25 anecdotes of her funniest moments in the kitchen, family photos, and over 130 of her favorite recipes. The recipes include Doolittle’s Cat-head Biscuits, Loretta’s Wilted Lettuce, Chicken & Dumplin’s, and Peanut Butter Fudge.

Loretta wrote her cookbook, as well as tested all of the recipes, in her Nashville, Tennessee, home. Below she discusses her love of cooking, her experience gathering recipes for her cookbook, and her favorite foods.

Home Business: Outside of family, who most influenced your expertise in the kitchen?

Loretta Lynn: Besides my Mommy and Doo’s Mom, Angie Lynn, I learned the most about cooking from Blanche Green when we lived in Washington. Blanche was the aunt of two brothers, Clyde and Bob Green, that I house-cleaned for. Blanche lived with them and cooked everyday. She was a great cook.

HB: How much of your cooking know-how, recipes, etc. were passed to you in writing? How much was passed on through word of mouth?

LL: Usually, I don’t go by recipes. I cook like my Mommy — a pinch of salt, a pinch of this and a pinch of that. I taste everything as I go along, so I can add what it needs. Sometimes it works and sometimes it don’t. That’s why, before it’s ready, I make sure I’m tasting it.

HB: Are there any foods you remember your mother — or the other cooks in your life — preparing for which you never got the recipe?

LL: My Mommy was part Indian and she knew every root and herb there was in Van Lear, Kentucky. When I was little, I’d watch her add all the wild onions and herbs to different things she would make for us. Back then, we had no such thing as season salt. Seasoning with those roots and herbs didn’t come from a recipe, but my Mommy could turn anything into a meal fit for a king.

HB: Did you teach your own children how to cook? Were the lessons deliberate or just a part of teaching them to take responsibility around the house?

LL: I started teaching all my kids at an early age to not only cook, but that they all had certain chores around the house. I think it’s one of the first lessons of responsibility we teach our children, and it’s a great way to spend time together ... and I have to say all my kids are great cooks.

HB: What is your idea of the perfect Southern meal?

LL: There’s so much great southern food, it’s hard to pick the “perfect southern meal,” but I’d love a dinner made up of cucumber salad, chicken n’ dumplin’s, green beans, stewed cabbage, fried okra, mashed potatoes, homemade yeast bread, and blackberry cobbler.

HB: When you are on the road, what food do you miss the most?

LL: When I’m on the road, I miss my fresh baked bread and desserts the most.

HB: What is your favorite food and what do you like cooking for yourself?

LL: I have many favorite foods, but a few I like the most are catfish, mashed potatoes, and peanut butter fudge. HBM



Loretta Lynn
Friday, August 26, at Ameristar Casino.
By Cole Haddon

Published: Thursday, August 25, 2005

After quitting the recording industry to care for her ailing husband during the '90s and then releasing a string of flops upon her return, Loretta Lynn did the unthinkable. Much as Johnny Cash tapped Rick Rubin to produce American Recordings, Lynn asked a Nashville outsider to help resuscitate her flagging career. She didn't have to look very far, either: a band called the White Stripes had dedicated its third album to her. Jack White's raw, bluesy touch helped retool the septuagenarian's sound from Appalachian country to gleeful mountain soul on Van Lear Rose. The result is likely the best album of Lynn's career, once the nostalgia of her earlier recordings is stripped away. For proof, check out the painful ode to widowhood on "Miss Being Mrs." or the White duet "Portland, Oregon." The contemporary country boom of the '90s might have transformed the genre into nothing but Nashville pop, making neo-Neanderthals such as Toby Keith yee-hawing heroes, but Lynn proves she has what it takes to rock ... sans guitar feedback, of course. That's probably why her show at the Ameristar sold out. And you shouldn't let the lack of available tickets stop you -- scalpers are notoriously susceptible to blunt objects and quick kicks to the knees.


Press ReleaseSource: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

'Coal Miner's Daughter 25th Anniversary Edition'
Wednesday August 24, 1:48 pm ET

Nominated for Seven Academy Awards(R) Including Sissy Spacek's Unforgettable Oscar(R)-Winning Performance as Country Music Legend Loretta Lynn

Arrives on DVD with Digitally Remastered Picture, Fully Restored 5.1 Audio and Collectible Photo Booklet September 13, 2005 From Universal Studios Home Entertainment

'A Treasure to Watch' - Roger Ebert

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- A quarter century after it won over the hearts of movie lovers and music fans around the world, "Coal Miner's Daughter" arrives on DVD in a special "25th Anniversary Edition" September 13, 2005 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Nominated for seven Academy Awards® and winner of the Golden Globe® for Best Picture (Musical or Comedy), "Coal Miner's Daughter" tells the spectacular and inspiring true story of Loretta Lynn's journey from the impoverished mining hamlet of Butcher Holler, Kentucky to the top of the country music charts. The film features critically acclaimed performances by Sissy Spacek ("The Ring II," "In The Bedroom," "Carrie") who won a Best Actress Oscar® for her portrayal of Lynn, Oscar® winner Tommy Lee Jones ("Men In Black," "The Fugitive") as Lynn's husband Doolittle, Beverly D'Angelo ("American History X," "National Lampoon's Vacation") as friend and country great Patsy Cline and musician Levon Helm (co-founder of The Band, The Right Stuff) in his remarkable screen debut as Lynn's father. "Coal Miner's Daughter 25th Anniversary Edition" DVD, featuring an all-new digitally remastered picture, complete audio restoration and a collectible photo booklet, is priced at $19.95 SRP.

Directed by Michael Apted ("Gorillas in the Mist," "28 Up," "The World is Not Enough"), "Coal Miner's Daughter" is based on superstar Loretta Lynn's bestselling autobiography and inspired by her chart-topping 1970 song of the same name. Spacek matches her astonishing acting performance with faithful and moving vocal renditions of some of Lynn's most memorable hits including her first single, "I'm a Honky Tonk Girl," "I Fall to Pieces," "You're Looking at Country" and, of course, the unforgettable title track. D'Angelo brings her considerable singing ability to Cline's hits including "Crazy," "Sweet Dreams" and "Walking After Midnight."

                 Loretta Lynn: More Than a Country Music Icon

A true entertainment legend, Loretta Lynn's popularity extends far beyond traditional fans of country music. A singer-songwriter whose lyrics featured hard-hitting descriptions of life as a working-class wife and mother in the '60s and '70s, Lynn became a hero to a generation of American women who appreciated her outspokenness. Lynn's face has graced the cover of "Newsweek" magazine and her 1976 autobiography (written with journalist George Vescey) was a "New York Times" Bestseller. Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988, she has had 78 singles on the Billboard chart, 16 of which went to No. 1. Lynn has recently enjoyed a huge resurgence in popularity, launching a bold comeback in 2004 after joining forces with rocker Jack White of The White Stripes, who produced her critically hailed album "Van Lear Rose." At the age of 69, Lynn took home two Grammys including one for Best Country Album and regularly sells out concerts, demonstrating that her music resonates as much with mass audiences today as it did 45 years ago.

                            Bonus Buried Treasure

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of "Coal Miner's Daughter's" release, Universal uncovered fantastic new bonus features that make this great movie even more enjoyable for home entertainment consumers.

     *  Feature Commentary with Sissy Spacek and Director Michael Apted
* Tommy Lee Jones Remembers "Coal Miner's Daughter"
* An Exclusive Interview with Loretta Lynn and Director Michael Apted
* President George Bush Sr. Salutes AFI and "Coal Miner's Daughter"


In the acclaimed performance that earned her the Academy Award® for Best Actress, Sissy Spacek stars as legendary country singer and songwriter Loretta Lynn, who rose from humble beginnings in the dirt poor Appalachian Mountains to become the "Queen of Country Music." Eighteen-years-old and already married with four children, Lynn still finds time to write songs and perform at small fairs and local honky-tonks. Recognizing her raw talent and huge potential, her ambitious husband Doolittle "Mooney" Lynn (Tommy Lee Jones) prods her into making a record and driving cross -- country from radio station to radio station to promote it. After a performance at Nashville's famed Grand Ole Opry, the record becomes a smash hit, launching her career to superstardom and changing the sound and style of country music forever. But success is a two-edged sword for Lynn. The pressure of fame combined with her own inner demons lead to a drug problem and eventually a mental breakdown.

Director: Michael Apted
Screenplay By: Tom Rickman
Based on a Book By: Loretta Lynn, George Vecsey
Produced By: Bernard Schwartz
Director of Photography: Ralf D. Bode
Production Designer: John W. Corso
Edited By: Arthur Schmidt
Costume Designer: Joe I. Tompkins
Cast: Sissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones, Levon Helm, Phyllis Boyens, William
Sanderson. Beverly D'Angelo


  PHOTOPHILE- Divine secrets of the y'all-y'all sisterhood

Published August 11, 2005, in issue 0432 of the Hook



On the night of July 30, the 3,500 people who filed into the new Charlottesville Pavilion expecting to see a country music concert ended up getting much more. Instead of simply singing her songs and then leaving for the next town, Loretta Lynn let the capacity crowd in on an intimate evening of friends and fun as she visited with longtime pal and Albemarle resident Sissy Spacek.

Not long into her set, Lynn managed to coax an admittedly nervous Spacek to help her sing the songs that Spacek brought to life on the big screen 25 years ago in Coal Miner's Daughter. Unfortunately for Spacek, the words didn't come as easily as they had in 1980, and she giggled and blushed trying to keep up with Lynn. "She's bashful," Lynn explained.

In spite of Spacek's best tactful efforts to make a graceful exit after a few numbers, Lynn would have none of it, and soon the two were catching up and reminiscing like they were sitting on Lynn's front porch in Tennessee.

"Her and I are closer than sisters, 'cause there's things we told each other that our sisters don't know and they never will know," said Lynn. Then, as if about to spill the beans, Lynn made a playful nod to Spacek's husband, asking "Jack [Fisk]'s not here, is he?"

In between hits like "Don't Come Home A-Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)" (or "Sissy on your mind" as Lynn improvised) "Fist City," and "Portland, Oregon" and discussions of family, what the two stars wear to the grocery store ("jeans and an old top" for both), Lynn and Spacek recounted stories from the production of Coal Miner's Daughter. Among the highlights were Lynn's tendency to pin her lyrics to the lampshades in Spacek's trailer so the young star could learn them and how record producer Owen Bradley taught both of them to be better singers.

But the best nugget from the evening was an anecdote revealing how Spacek came to play Lynn in the first place. Lynn recalled, "I was in Los Angeles by the pool, and they brought me a bunch of pictures. I saw this little freckle-faced girl and said, 'That's gonna be the Coal Miner's Daughter.'" Trouble was, Spacek learned of Lynn's choice only when Lynn made it known on The Tonight Show that "Little Sissy Spacek's gonna play me in the movie."

Spacek recounted that she had already signed on to do "some art film" and went to one of Lynn's concerts to tell her. But she got caught in traffic and missed the whole show. The Oscar-winner then broke out her best Loretta Lynn impression as she recalled watching the larger-than-life Lynn emerge into the parking lot leaving the venue and berating one band member for playing too loudly: "Bam, bam, bam! All I can hear up there are those drums!"

"That's when I knew I had to play this woman," Spacek said, at which point Lynn added, "You're gonna have to make a sequel, 'cause I've done most of my living in [the last] 25 years!"

Soon enough, Lynn and Spacek sang "Coal Miner's Daughter" and left the stage to continue their visit elsewhere, but not before providing Charlottesville with a glimpse of the unique friendship between two entertainment giants who never stopped being country girls at heart.


Loretta Lynn told her old friend Sissy Spacek she'd have to reprise her Academy Award-winning performance and make a sequel to
Coal Miner's Daughter.

Lynn attracted a capacity crowd to Downtown's new Charlottesville Pavilion.

The view from Belmont Bridge

Lynn's daughter, Patsy, takes the stage.


Steel guitarist Hal Rugg dies

Country music steel guitar great Hal Rugg died Tuesday morning in his Tucson, Ariz., home, after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 69.

Rugg, a Steel Guitar Hall of Famer and a member of the Grand Ole Opry staff band for 16 years, played on records by George Jones, The Osborne Brothers, Joan Baez, Porter Wagoner, Steve Wariner, Billy Walker, Ronnie Milsap and many others. He was best-known for his work with Loretta Lynn, for whom Rugg contributed memorable parts on numerous hits. Rugg's steel is a prominent feature on Lynn hits including Coal Miner's Daughter, Don't Come Home A Drinkin' (With Lovin' On Your Mind) and One's On The Way.




Band Continues History of Breaking Musical Boundaries

More than 73 minutes and over 18 tracks, A Collision features the first studio version of the concert favorite, “Here Is Our King,” which was released to radio August 1. The live recording of the song from Passion 05 can also be heard on the No. 1-selling CD, Passion: How Great Is Our God. In addition to other new, groundbreaking songs from the David Crowder Band, the album includes a cover of “Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven” by Loretta Lynn,


Arts & Entertainment Editor/ETW
Published on 8/11/2005

It's traditional country and new country here this week. In this corner (or, actually, in this casino), we have Loretta Lynn, a revivified legend, thanks to her “Van Lear Rose” CD produced by The White Stripes' Jack White. In this casino, we have LeAnn Rimes, a one-time teen sensation who went pop and then returned to country with her latest CD, “This Woman.”

Both are among the best singers of any type in country music, so it's bound to be a proverbial win-win. Even better, Lynn is playing two nights at Mohegan Sun's Wolf Den, so you can catch her the day after Rimes' show at Foxwoods.

Earlier this year, Lynn won her first Grammy in 33 years. Last time was her only Grammy win, for her “After the Fire is Gone” duet with Conway Twitty. This time, she walked off with best country album honors and country collaboration award for her “Portland Oregon” duet with White.

In his Grammy speech, White recalled Loretta telling him while they were recording “Van Lear Rose,” “You know what, Jack, 14 of my songs got banned by country radio and every time they wouldn't play it, it went No. 1.” White said, “Well, country radio wouldn't play this record either. Look who's No. 1 now.”


Faith Hill goes
back to her roots:  

This time, Hill tries to yee-haw her way back into her core audience's hearts in the album's first single, where she declares herself a "Mississippi Girl."

Clearly, many are convinced, because "Fireflies" just opened at No. 1 on Billboard's latest Top 200 Album chart, with sales of 311,675 copies. The single has become a Top 5 Country hit.

So, is the rally deserved?

Sort of, but not because Hill has suddenly transformed herself into Loretta Lynn. At its best, Hill's sixth album delivers on her forte. She offers engagingly straightforward vocals that never get in the way of a solid melody.


Loretta shows her Stripes

Following the success of Loretta Lynn's latest album, Van Lear Rose, which scored her highest-ever debut on the Billboard 200 album charts at No. 24 and was just nominated for the Shortlist Music Prize in the U.S., there are plans for her and producer Jack White of The White Stripes to make at least three more records.

If Lynn has her way, they'll do a Christmas collection, a religious album called Thank God For Jesus, and another disc of original material.

"A lot of artists have asked him to record 'em and he just don't say anything," Lynn told the Sun this week. "I'm the only one that he'll ever work with."

They also want to hit the road together. "We're planning on doing something in the fall," she said. "We want to do that, him and I do. We're going to tell the managers exactly what we're going to do so there ain't nothing they can do about it!"



Entertainment Report
by Len Butcher filed under Misc. [Originally appeared in the August 8, 2005 issue of Poker Player]

Around the country, there's some pretty good entertainment out there for you to see if your in the neighborhood. Country legend Loretta Lynn will be at the Turning Stone Casino in upstate New York Aug. 11 and she's as good as she ever was.

I happen to love country music and country singers. I've always found them friendlier than most folks I meet and as down to earth as you can get.

Loretta Lynn's no different. I've never had the chance to interview her, but did meet her a number of years ago, and according to her friends, what you see is what you get. If that's the case, you're getting a lot.

This straight-talkin' women-liberatin' song-writin' country-western star rose up from poverty to become one of the most popular and influential singers of our time. She was born in Butcher's Hollow, Kentucky on April 14 in 1935 and over her long career paved the way for women in the man's world of country music.

While pretty, she wasn't a staggering beauty, and while successful, she did have real-life problems to deal with, including having to raise six kids and handle a drinking, sometimes wayward, husband. When Loretta sang songs about divorce, men who drink, and the pill, she gave voice to women who were starting to find their strength, women who couldn't identify with other famous women singers of the times like raucous Janis Joplin, or psychedelic Grace Slick. And Loretta's message was even stronger because she didn't just sing those controversial songs, she wrote them. Loretta established herself in a field -- country/western music -- that didn't have many successful women.

Thanks to Loretta's pioneering work in the '60s, great stars like Dolly Parton and Tanya Tucker were able to flourish in the '70s. Tanya, in a TV interview, said Loretta "was one of the first to tell it like it is."

Tammy Wynette said, "Loretta definitely paved the way for me, I was always so proud of Loretta, she was so honest, she was so sincere." And in the '80s, none other than President George Bush summed up her impact succinctly: "Loretta is as close as you get to a household word in this country."

Loretta, not surprisingly, remains humbled by the acclaim: "I don't believe in stars, except the ones you can look up and see." It's the kinda gal she is. Don't miss this chance to see her.


  NEWS- First ladies: Lynn, Spacek reunite Saturday

Published July 28, 2005 in issue 0430 of The Hook


Sissy Spacek is having an old friend over on Saturday, and everyone in Charlottesville is invited. Organizers booked a live band months ago, but the set-list seems flexible.

"She said something about singing a couple of songs," says Spacek. "And I said, 'Which ones?' And she said 'I don't know; just pick a couple.'"

The two met when work began in the late 1970s on the film Coal Miner's Daughter. At the time, few folks probably realized the impact it would have on its two principals more than two decades later.

For its subject, the motion picture would introduce her songs to an audience who considered country music terra incognita. For its star, who had electrified audiences as the vengeful high-school star of Carrie, it not only helped her avoid typecasting, but catapulted her into the upper echelon of the dramatic arts.

Now, 25 years after the film's release, the First Lady of Country Music and the woman who told her story to millions are getting together again. On July 30, the Charlottesville Pavilion inaugurates its season by reuniting Loretta Lynn and Sissy Spacek.

They won't simply shake hands. According to Spacek, Lynn has asked her to be her duet partner on a few numbers.

Despite a quarter-century friendship with the country star, Spacek admits to being nervous about following in the footsteps of such musical giants as Conway Twitty and Ernest Tubb by appearing onstage with the Loretta Lynn.

"I'm thinking 'What the heck am I going to do?' I'm thinking, 'Oh my God, I haven't done these songs in 20 years!'"

Spacek is no stranger to nervousness. It's that same anxiety she felt when Lynn handpicked the young up-and-coming actress to be her celluloid doppelganger in Coal Miner's Daughter.

"I had mixed emotions," confesses Spacek, who has lived in Albemarle County since 1980, the year the film was released. "I was thrilled, but then Loretta decided before I decided," she says.

After receiving Lynn's blessing, Spacek began an extensive regimen of vocal training. She worked with the people who taught Loretta Lynn how to sound like Loretta Lynn: her band, her longtime producer, Owen Bradley-- and Lynn herself.

As if looking, moving, and talking like a living legend weren't difficult enough, Spacek decided to take her transformation a step further. In order to truly become Lynn, she insisted on doing all of her own singing for the role. It was a conclusion she reached by watching one of her contemporaries portray another icon of American music.

"I'd seen a film with Gary Busey called The Buddy Holly Story where he did his own singing," recalls Spacek, "and it was so amazing, and it added such an element of realism."

To this day, the veteran actress waxes rhapsodic about Coal Miner's Daughter. "It was a real, real special group of people, and it was a great experience. I think everyone in that film did extraordinary work," she says.

Apparently, others agreed. Not long after her 30th birthday, Spacek found herself onstage at the 53rd Academy Awards accepting the Best Actress Oscar for her performance, beating out the likes of Ellen Burstyn and Mary Tyler Moore.

Although she compares that night to an "out of body experience," Spacek does remember giving her acceptance speech and spotting Lynn. "She was in the audience, I could see Doolittle's [Lynn, Loretta's husband] cowboy hat."

What did Loretta say to her after the win? "I think she said something like, 'I knew it,'" Spacek recalls.

It was the ultimate affirmation of a lesson that Spacek took to heart throughout the making of Coal Miner's Daughter: "I learned to just do whatever Loretta said. She's never wrong."

Which is precisely why Spacek, 55, has agreed to sing along with her old friend at Saturday's show.

When that moment comes, she'll be looking out on an audience younger than those who have gone to see Butcher Holler's favorite daughter in the past. That's because the 70-year-old country music legend won a whole new generation of fans last year with the album Van Lear Rose, a collaboration with ultra-popular garage rocker Jack White of the White Stripes.

That Grammy-winning LP was the first time many teens and 20-somethings had heard of Lynn, but at least two young'uns at the Pavilion show will know her older material: Spacek's daughters, Schuyler and Madison Fisk.

"Loretta has always been synonymous with the family," says Spacek, "so they have her songs on their iPods along with Jimi Hendrix and Jack Johnson and Dave Matthews Band."

So what exactly will Schuyler and Madison's mom sing with Lynn at the concert? Pressed for details, Spacek says sheepishly, "I'll just be humming along in the background, and it will be my honor because I love and adore her.

"Everyone has a façade, but Loretta doesn't," Spacek says. "I can't think of how to explain it." It's likely that after Saturday's performance, explanations won't be necessary for Lynn's Charlottesville audience to know exactly what her old friend means.
Loretta Lynn and Sissy Spacek join in a duet during a 1980 party to launch the national release of Coal Miner's Daughter in Los Angeles.


 Martina McBride's Timeless Takes Listeners Back

Martina also tipped her hat to such Country Music Hall of Fame members as Loretta Lynn "You Ain't Woman Enough"

Loretta 1960

...................................Massey Hall Toronto, ON Friday July 22, 2005 By David McPherson For one night, Hogtown got an old-time hoedown as the Grand Old Dame of country music and coal miner's daughter Loretta Lynn landed at Toronto's Massey Hall. While there were some youngsters in attendance, the sold-out crowd was made up mostly of older blue-collar and grey-haired husbands and wives from the burbs coming down into the city for a big night out. Martha Wainwright opened, armed with her sexy voice and acoustic guitar. The budding songwriter was an odd choice to open up a country show as her material leans a little more to folk-rock, but she made the most of this invitation. She even acknowledged this oddity early on. "I don't know what I have in common with Loretta Lynn other than I take the pill and I like country music," she said. Then, she let the family-oriented crowd know that there was a song or two she wouldn't be singing on this night — an obvious reference to her angst anthem "Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole." Wearing a flower-print blue-green dress, Wainwright played a bunch of songs from her self-titled debut, released earlier this year on MapleMusic Recordings. Highlights included "Ball And Chain" and her cover of Leonard Cohen's "Tower Of Song." Following a short intermission, Lynn's "boys" came onstage — her all male backing band, some of who have played with her for more than 30 years. Dressed in matching beige suits, the six-piece band and three back-up singers got the crowd warmed up and stompin' their feet in the aisles with a little honky-tonk music. Then came Lynn's "ladies" — her twin-daughters, Patsy and Peggy who have recorded as a duo under the moniker The Lynns. The pair played a few songs from their latest disc. Finally, after this exhausting warm-up, and as her daughters disappeared to the backstage area, Lynn waltzed onto the stage at 9:45 p.m., dressed in a sparkling white, puffy sequinned dress. The Country Music Hall Of Fame inductee then romped through a dozen hits. Midway through the set, the crowd's younger demographic — recently turned onto Lynn's music due to her Grammy-Award winning collaboration last year with The White Stripes' Jack White — screamed from the rafters for the title track. Lynn obliged, but admitted it was one of the first times she had sang this song since she had recorded it, and while the rendition was strong, she stumbled a few times and forgot one of the verses. The only other track Lynn performed from Van Lear Rose was the sizzling "Portland, Oregon" a duet with White, which one of her back-up singers filled in on admirably. For the rest of the show, Lynn rolled from one hit to another. Highlights included "Don't Come Home A Drinkin' (With Lovin' On Your Mind)", "The Pill," "Blue Kentucky Girl" and the closer "Coal Miner's Daughter."............................Hard-working mountain girl Lynn has soared high since rural beginning but stays close to roots BY TOM NETHERLAND SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT Jul 29, 2005 IN CONCERT WHO: Loretta Lynn (Old School Freight Train opens the show) WHEN: 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Charlottesville Pavilion TICKETS: $29.50-$49.50 INFO (434) 817-0220 or www.charlottesvillepavilion.com Roads like snakes slice and curve up, up and up into the Eastern Kentucky hills to Butcher Holler. Past tiny houses and a crackling creek, old folks who wave from sagging porches and lazing hound dogs dreaming under willow trees. Up on the right, where a log cabin once sat, rests a simple and small white "mansion." Its screen door screeches when opened and thwacks when closed. Inside, homemade patchwork quilts warm beds no longer in use. Rocking chairs no longer rock; a wood cooking stove no longer cooks. Boards groan underfoot when you walk from room to room. Butcher Holler gave the world a queen on April 14, 1935, when Loretta Webb was born. We know her as Loretta Lynn, country music legend. Virginians have a rare chance to catch her in concert tomorrow night, to benefit Live Arts, at the grand opening of the Charlottesville Pavilion. Lynn's hot these days. The Country Music Hall of Fame member won two Grammy Awards earlier this year and widespread critical praise for last year's Jack White-produced album "Van Lear Rose." Concerts sell out regularly. But she's still very much a mountain girl. "I grew up in a one-room log cabin. I would lay down on the floor in front of our battery radio. All we'd listen to was the war news and the Grand Ole Opry. I'd listen to the Grand Ole Opry every Saturday night until I fell asleep on that floor," Lynn said by phone last week from her home in Nashville, Tenn. "That's our mansion that's there now. When we got that house, I thought it was a mansion. My daddy paid $600 for it." Folks in the hills in those days grew up fast, and Lynn was no exception. She married Oliver "Moonshine" Lynn three months shy of her 14th birthday. Until 1960's "I'm a Honky Tonk Girl," she was just another housewife trying to raise four kids while handling a husband wild in his ways "When you're having four little babies by 17, it's tough," Lynn said. "But that's all I knew. [My husband] Doo pushed me hard. I would have never hit that stage without him. I was so shy, I didn't want to get on any stage and sing. God had me by the hand. I worked hard at it." Lynn learned quickly. She found a foothold to stardom in 1966 with "You Ain't Woman Enough." She followed with her first No. 1, the fists-on-hips "Don't Come Home A' Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)." Those songs and others such as 1968's "Fist City" provided a soundtrack for the lives of country women of the era. Lynn was no women's libber per se, but she most certainly gave voice to and helped empower rural women. What's often overlooked about Lynn nowadays is her series of duets, first with her idol Ernest Tubb and then most famously with Conway Twitty. With Tubb she scored hits that included Nat Stuckey's "Sweet Thang." "Whenever I stood beside Ernest, he just seemed like a monument to me," Lynn said, which prompted her to break into "Sweet Thang" over the phone. Lynn found her musical soul mate in Twitty. They seemed joined at the vocal cords on such hits as 1973's infectious "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man." "We were like sister and brother," Lynn said. "I loved him just like he was my brother, and Doo loved him. It tore me all to pieces when he died all of a sudden [at age 59, in 1993]." To fully know Lynn, know that she's still rooted in rural Eastern Kentucky. Times were hard for her growing up, but "They were the happiest days of my life. "You didn't hear about any bad stuff. You didn't know hurt. I think about those days a lot," she said. "I'm just a plain ol' person, and that was my roots. I'm just like a next-door neighbor. You don't ever forget your roots."


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