There are many singers across the land, countless records pressed and sold, stories of kindness between the concert stage and the audience, and all are remarkable to hear and learn. But when all those musical accounts are told and all the songs are played by artists young and old, one fact remains. There is only one Loretta Lynn.
Today the classic country music legend died in Tennessee at the age of 90. Her music was among the first voices I heard on our record player as a boy. There was Jones and Haggard and Smith, of course, but there was always just one Loretta. Mom would remark that Lynn wrote songs about what she knew and the hurts she felt along the path of life. Such sentiments found their way into her penned lines again and again. Country music fans responded by requesting the music be played on country radio stations and then headed off to buy their own copy at stores like Woolworths. There was always a sense that Loretta was just like her fans, a person who made her mark by never forgetting her past.
Last year, I recorded a 17-minute podcast that in part pays tribute to Lorretta Lynn. She is the first person treated with my thanks when I call out the best concerts I was privileged to attend. From memories of Loretta, Porter Wagoner, Dolly Parton, along with WSM radio announcer Grant Turner and others this tribute looks at how classic country music still resonates across the land. Heartfelt memories galore! I take listeners on a journey to the stages of country music shows. The fiddles are warming up, now.
Loretta started her life in Kentucky’s coal fields and grew as a powerful female singer to know she resided in the hearts of millions. Simply a remarkable life, creating music that will never cease to be played.