When it comes to vintage Country Music from the 60’s and forward, many names come to your mind as you dwell on past Legends. There were many names from those ranks that emanated from the pages of life’s big history book.
Let me tell you a little bit about what Loretta Lynn means to me, and how she broke many boundaries from her period of time. Miss Loretta began her journey in the mid 1950’s at a time when Country Music was volatile, and had no “boxes”.
It was volatile for many reasons, but mainly because it lacked superstars with the death of Mr. Hank Williams, and Mr. Jimmie Rodgers. It had many uprising superstars like Mr. Roy Acuff ( even though he came to the Opry in 1939) his prominent rise to fame came simultaneously with Miss Loretta. Another rising superstar that gained steam with Miss Loretta was Mr. Ernest Tubb.
I say that Country Music had no “boxes” because back in the 1970’s Country Music had three very well known areas of evolution, that were culminating into the mainstream music communities. I’m NOT saying that it was ONLY three, but these three were the more well known areas.
The Bakersfield Era, The Outlaw Era, and The Nashville Sound period were three of the “boxes” that existed during the time of her rise to fame….that she never tried to fit into. She never tried to lump herself into either of these areas of marketing ( because that is what they initially were ). Now, I won’t get into a big speech here on the Outlaw movement, because it was more of a creative control angle than a marketing scheme. But it ended up being VERY marketable!
The Nashville Sound was the current version of pop country, that was going around back then. The stringed arrangements and crooning style of music was not her style or desired release. In fact, neither of the three were anything like what Miss Loretta was offering…until she met another Country Music superstar..the afore mentioned Mr. Ernest Tubb.
With some help from the Opry and Mr. Ernest Tubb, she pioneered a platform for women of her era by breaking many boundaries that women didn’t have back then. She and Miss Patsy Cline ( whom died in 1963, as Miss Loretta rose up) steamrolled their way into mainstream life, with nothing more than word of mouth and hitting the road.
Even though many like Miss Kitty Wells and Miss Molly O Day ( and others) came out and recorded earlier than her, nobody sold albums like Loretta Lynn. She became one of the most popular, and all time biggest selling female artists ever…and NOW she is one of the oldest ACTIVE living Legends of Country Music.
At an amazing age of 88, she remains active on the Opry and remains relevant through recordings like this one coming out this year, and I’m SURE it will make it’s way onto many TOP lists of MANY websites.
|Still Woman Enough Coming March 19|
|The American music icon’s 50th studio album (excluding her 10 studio duet collaborations with Conway Twitty), Still Woman Enough celebrates women in country music. From her homage to the originators, Mother Maybelle Carter and the Carter Family (via her cover of “Keep On The Sunny Side”) through a new interpretation of her very first single, “I’m A Honky Tonk Girl,” Loretta Lynn acknowledges her role in the continuum of American country music with a special collaboration with Reba McEntire and Carrie Underwood (“Still Woman Enough”), and duets with Margo Price (“One’s On The Way”) and Tanya Tucker (“You Ain’t Woman Enough”), sharing the musical torch with some of the brightest lights and biggest stars in contemporary country music.|
|50 Years of Coal Miner’s Daughter|
|Celebrating 50 years of this landmark album, Coal Miner’s Daughter will be reissued on black vinyl by MCA Nashville/UMe on February 12.|