Country music's ultimate female legend hits Houston: Time for Dixie Chicks togive thanks
There's no way to explain my reverence for Loretta Lynn with simple words and do her justice.
In a phrase, Lynn's life and songs are why the genre of country music exists.
In addition to 16 No. 1 singles including, "Coal Miner's Daughter" and "Don't Come Home A Drinkin' (With Lovin' On Your Mind)," the now 76 year-old is a living legend who set the table Dolly Parton, Crystal Gayle (who is Lynn's baby sister) Reba McEntire, The Judds, The Dixie Chicks and every other female country singer who has ever recorded a hit or slept on a tour bus.
The story of her life — growing up in a family of eight children in rural Kentucky, getting married at 13-years-old and becoming mother of four by age 19, but still managing to forge a legendary singing career — is a miracle of an American Country Dream. When Lynn's life was made into the movie Coal Miner's Daughter in 1980, the story earned actress Sissy Spacek an Academy Award.
Now if Spacek can win an Oscar for playing Lynn on the big screen, just imagine how cathartic it must be to stand in front of the real deal and hear her perform country as The Carter Family, Roy Acuff, George Jones and many other early country stars imagined.
Loretta Lynn, 8 p.m. Saturday at Arena Theatre