April 10 & 11 at 8 p.m.
“To make it in this business, you either have to be first, great or different,” says living legend Loretta Lynn. “And I was the first ever to go to Nashville, singin’ it like the women lived it.”
In addition to being first, she was also great and different. Loretta’s instantly recognizable delivery is one of the greatest voices in country music history. As for being different, no songwriter has a more distinctive body of work. In songs such as “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’” and “Your Squaw Is on the War Path,” she refused to be any man’s doormat. She challenged female rivals in “You Ain’t Woman Enough” and “Fist City.” She showed tremendous blue-collar pride in “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and “You’re Lookin’ at Country.” She is unafraid of controversy, whether the topic is sex (“Wings Upon Your Horns”), divorce (“Rated X”), alcohol (“Wouldn’t It Be Great”), war (“Dear Uncle Sam”) or sexual liberation (“The Pill”). Some of which were songs banned by radio stations. Like the lady herself, Loretta Lynn’s songs shoot from the hip.
She may have won a Grammy® Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010, but Loretta Lynn’s life is still a work in progress. She’s still out there on the road, still writing songs and still recording them as only she can.
“I ain’t a star. A star is something up in the night sky,” says Loretta Lynn. “People say to me, ‘You’re a legend.’ I’m not a legend. I’m just a woman.”