She’s not kidding about the title: The First Lady of Country Music has stuck so closely to the honky-tonk musical template that 62 of these 70 tracks, spanning 1960-88, are under three minutes long. (The first time she crosses the 180-second barrier is halfway through the box: 1970′s epochal, autobiographical “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”) Even so, she’s also one of country’s great innovators, on the strength of the sharp, funny, overtly feminist lyrics in her own songs and the songs she’s covered. Pretty much all of Lynn’s substantial solo hits are here, as well as a handful of her duets with Ernest Tubb and Conway Twitty.
By Amanda Petrusich on 01.06.11 in Icons
Listening to Loretta Lynn's burly, swinging voice as it bounces through song after song, it's hard not to shake your fists, hollering to the heavens: "Why don't people sing like this anymore?" A country girl from rural K...
By Douglas Wolk on 05.21.13 in Lists
Sometimes a simple sampling won't do — you want to dive in deep and explore every last corner of an artist's discography, or every forgotten single in a major musical movement. That's what the box set is made for: It's a...
By Peter Blackstock on 04.22.11 in Reviews
This is the album she did just before teaming up with Jack White, but if you like Loretta's traditional tones more than her White Stripes collaboration, Still Country is a worthy choice.
By Amanda Petrusich on 11.22.10 in Reviews
In a little over three minutes, this record's title track recounts Lynn's indigent Kentucky childhood "in a cabin on a hill in Butcher Holler," the daughter of a man who picked coal in the Van Lear mine...