In the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, Country music was dominated by male performers. Then, amongst the baritones, a handful of women burst onto the scene. And they had something to say. Among the likes of Kitty Wells and Patsy Cline stood Loretta Lynn.
Lynn was (and still is) Country music’s very own Rosie The Riveter. She stood on her own two feet. She railed against cheating men and swung back at fist-swinging husbands. Lynn was no stranger to award shows. Perhaps most notable was when she won the CMA award for Duo of the Year five years in a row (1972-1976) for her duets with Conway Twitty.
Lynn is most often linked to the 1970 biographical song, “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” which was turned into a successful 1980 movie about her life.
By the late ‘80s, Lynn disappeared from the spotlight to care for her ailing husband, Oliver Lynn. Eight years after his death and more than 20 since she last cracked the Top 10, Loretta Lynn entered the studio again. The autobiographical album, Van Lear Rose, released in 2004, earned global praise for both Lynn and producer Jack White (The White Stripes, Dead Weather).
At 77, Lynn continues to tour regularly, performing for fans young and old. And she seems as popular as ever — Lynn’s appearance at Florence, Ind., casino Belterra is sold out.
LORETTA LYNN plays Belterra Casino & Resort Saturday, Jan. 28. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get club details here.