Tribute CD honoring Loretta Lynn released on Nov. 9Written by Rick Cornett | | CountryConnection@toledofreepress.com
Coal Miner’s Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn
(Columbia Nashville/ Release Date: Nov. 9)
In honor of Loretta Lynn’s 50th anniversary as a recording artist Columbia Nashville has released a long awaited tribute CD honoring the “Queen of Country Music.” Coal Miner’s Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn offers an A-list of contemporary artists from pop,rock and country music reworking Lynn’s classic songs.
Faith Hill breaths pure magic into the ballad “Love Is The Foundation” while Gretchen Wilson delivers a spitfire vocal on “Don’t Come Home A’ Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind) closely mimicking Loretta’s praising. Kid Rock ‘s take on “I Know How” is totally amazing while Paramore commands “You Ain’t Woman Enough (to Take My Man) just like it was her own.
Miss Lynn herself makes an appearance with a re-worked version of her all-time biggest hit “Coal Miner’s Daughter” with the help of Cheryl Crow and Miranda Lambert. This was released to country radio and will be supported by a music video that was shot in Lynn’s Tennessee mansion.
Alan Jackson and Martina McBride turn in a strong rendition of “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man” while Steve Earl and Allison Moore are weak on “After The Fire Is Gone.”
Country sweetheart Carrie Underwood has the standout cut with “You’re Looking at Country” along with Lynn’s first 1960 hit “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl” by Lee Ann Woman. They keep it country without any pop influenced injections.
Reba Mc Entire’s peppy version of “If You’re Not Gone to Long” will not disappoint die-hard Loretta Lynn fans while Lucinda Williams pale attempt at “Somebody Somewhere” is a let down to listeners.
Although Loretta Lynn crossed over as a mainstream artist without ever having a cross over hit her influence on generations of artists that followed is extraordinary. She was the first woman in American music history to chart over 50 top ten hits, has released over 80 studio albums, the first living entertainer to ever have a major motion picture made of their life and has been inducted into more music and songwriting halls of fame than any other female recording artist.