Regarded as one of the true queens of country music, Loretta Lynn has been one of the pillars of what real country music is. Her career, panning for over half of a century, has become colorful, defining every decade of music. Together with Dolly Parton, Loretta broke the doors for women who wanted to craft their tunes.
Aside from being known as one of the queens of music, Loretta is more popularly dubbed as the Coal Miner’s Daughter. Along with her single of the same name, she narrates her life story in such a masterpiece song. And, for over 50 years of being in the industry, there is no way that we should not honor a classic and true queen.
A Tribute to Loretta Lynn
In 2010, Columbia Records made an effort to make a tribute to the legendary country music artist. And, without a doubt, she does really deserve it. Columbia Records released a tribute album called Coal Miner’s Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn. This album features the vocals of artists who Loretta influenced, inspired and hang out with. Further, these artists have assembled to pay homage to the living legend.
Opening the disc is Gretchen Wilson and her rendition of “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind).” The song is very much suitable for the former bartender turned “Redneck Woman” singer’s voice. Carrie Underwood’s respectable performance of “You’re Lookin’ at Country” comes in next. Meanwhile, Lee Ann Womack’s take on the icon’s “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl” follows.
While the above mentioned three renditions stayed true to the original versions, there are a few that have pretty re-invented. These include the White Stripe’s version of “Rated X.” To tell you, Jack White’s distinct tenor vocals match Meg White’s bad timing on a cardboard box. The act was actually one of the highlights of the album.
On the other hand, Kid Rock takes part in the album. His Motor City version of “I Know How” gives you the feeling of audacity taking on a classic singer’s tune. Also, pop artists joined the party with Paramore’s Hayley Williams rendering a guitar/vocal cover of “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man).” While the Paramore’s lead vocalist’s pop-punk version greatly differ from Loretta’s music, Williams still gave justice to the song on her own. With so much respect, she still got to show Loretta the true honor she deserved.
Other performances contained in the album include some of the duets of the Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty. These include Steve Earle and wife Alison Moorer’s “After the Fire is Gone” and Alan Jackson and Martina McBride’s “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man.”
Moreover, another highlight of the album is Reba McEntire’s up-tempo take on Loretta’s 1967 hit, “If You’re Not Gone Too Long.” Finally, the CD wraps up with Sheryl Crow, Miranda Lambert, and Loretta herself singing the “Coal Miner’s Daughter” together.
Indeed, Loretta Lynn’s influence is just as immense as her career. Her voice speaks for woman empowerment and truth. And, her music and story will inspire more people and generations to come.
Here is the complete tribute album, Coal Miner’s Daughter, to the great Loretta Lynn: