I’m already looking forward to Coal Miner’s Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn. The new CD will be released Tuesday, Nov. 9. So many great artists are going to be part of this new album. I’m really anxious to see who is singing what! Some of the artists taking part in the album are Reba, Faith Hill, Miranda Labert, Martina McBride, Carrie Underwood, Alan Jackson, Gretchen Wilson and Lee Ann Womack.
"I am so happy that these singers wanted to do this record," says Loretta. "I love ’em all, and it was so great to hear all the different ways they did my hits," she said, referring to how each artist recorded with their own choice of producer and musicians. "I hope people like it as much as I do and we sell a bunch of records!!"
Anyone who saw the movie "Coal Miners Daughter knows that Loretta’s first single was “Honky Tonk Girl.” I loved the scenes in the movie where Loretta recorded it, then set out on a cross country radio-tour to promote the single and get it played. She was definitely a pioneer – and today’s artist continue to follow in her footsteps taking debut singles out to radio stations everywhere.
That first single quickly jumped to No. 14 on the country charts, and we all know how many hits she had after that. She did a number of duets with the late Conway Twitty, who I was in love with at the age of 10.
The 75-year-old has been entertaining us for 50 years. She is a four-time Grammy winner, who was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award earlier this year, and will receive the Recording Academy’s President’s Merit Award in recognition of her contribution to country music.
Loretta will also be re-releasing her best selling autobiography, with a new forward she wrote for the book. There will also be an audio edition, narrated by Sissy Spacek, who portrayed Loretta in the movie about her life. Sissy won an Oscar for that role.
Loretta still keeps busy performing all across the country. I had the pleasure of seeing her at Freedom Hall in Johnson City a few years back. You can find out where else she is going to be by clicking here.
Talk to you all soon. Have a great Friday!