Coal miner’s daughter

60 years in the business and Loretta Lynn still can’t be stopped

Loretta Lynn at her plantation house in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., Jan. 26, 2016. (Kyle Dean Reinford/The New York Times)

In 1932, the queen of country music was born in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, into an Appalachian coal mining family. The music of Loretta Lynn first came out of Nashville, Tennessee, in the 1960s, but her hits talked about life in her rural home – songs like, “Coal Miner’s Daughter” taught us about her poor upbringing in the hills, while “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’” warned her drunken husband to keep his hands to himself. For 60 years, her songs about fed up wives and mothers, divorcees, and single women, have struck a chord with country audiences. With the new album Full Circle—her first in more than 10 years—she shows no signs of slowing down.

Loretta Lynn on her tour bus. (Kyle Dean Reinford/The New York Times)

Loretta Lynn on her tour bus. (Kyle Dean Reinford/The New York Times)

While Lynn is an icon who has pushed back against inequality to enjoy an illustrious career, she has distanced herself from the gender equality movement throughout her 60-year career, the Houston Press notes. Their report also laments Lynn’s support for Donald Trump and forgives her lyrics that bully other women by saying she’s “from a different time, and she’s not the type of woman who’s going to burn her bra or participate in a SlutWalk. It’s important to keep that context in mind.” (Never too late, in our opinion.)

The 83-year-old just celebrated the release of a new PBS documentary, “Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl”.

Read the full story at The Houston Press.

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