March 14 - Today's post provided by Holly George-Warren
|I originally interviewed Loretta Lynn for|
Rolling Stone Magazine in 1994.
|I bought Loretta Lynn’s cookbook|
at her recent concert.
I just participated in the celebration of Loretta Lynn’s golden anniversary as a country music performer: She and her band the Coal Miners performed in a beautiful old theater in upstate New York, as part of her 50th Anniversary Tour. At age 77, Loretta can still sing with power, and onstage she’s quite a pistol. Five decades ago, when she started her career with “Honky Tonk Girl,” a song she wrote and recorded for a small label, women performers were scarce in country music. In those days, record companies had the misconception that women, the primary record buyers at the time, only wanted to purchase discs by handsome male singers. Were they ever wrong! Loretta, then a young mother with four children (and later two more), proved that songs written from a woman’s point of view could be big-sellers. In 1961, she was inspired by the few female country artists, especially Kitty Wells and Patsy Cline, who became stars by singing tunes penned by others. Not only could Loretta relate her experiences as a wife and mother by writing her own material, but she could make more money that way as well. She knew what it was like to be poor, growing up in a large family in Kentucky, with her father eking out a living as a coal miner. One of Loretta’s best songs, “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” tells the story of her life. Without Loretta paving the way, there would be no Carrie Underwood or Taylor Swift.