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Albums Of The Week: Loretta Lynn | Still Woman Enough

The country legend celebrates women in music with the help of some famous friends.


THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “American music icon Loretta Lynn’s 50th studio album (excluding her 10 studio duet collaborations with Conway Twitty), Still Woman Enough celebrates women in country music.

From her homage to the originators, Mother Maybelle Carter and The Carter Family (via her cover of Keep On The Sunny Side) through a new interpretation of her very first single I’m A Honky Tonk Girl, Lynn acknowledges her role in the continuum of American country music with a special collaboration with Reba McEntire and Carrie Underwood (Still Woman Enough), and duets with Margo Price (One’s On The Way) and Tanya Tucker (You Ain’t Woman Enough), sharing the musical torch with some of the brightest lights and biggest stars in contemporary country music.

“I am just so thankful to have some of my friends join me on my new album. We girl singers gotta stick together,” said Lynn. “It’s amazing how much has happened in the 50 years since Coal Miner’s Daughter first came out and I’m extremely grateful to be given a part to play in the history of American music.”

Like its predecessors — the critically acclaimed, Grammy-nominated Full Circle (released March 2016), White Christmas Blue (2016) and Wouldn’t It Be Great (2018), Still Woman Enough was mainly recorded at the Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, Tenn., with producers Patsy Lynn Russell and John Carter Cash. The album premieres 13 recordings, intimate and electrifying performances of a career-spanning selection of songs illuminating different aspects of her repertoire.”

The collection is centered around Loretta’s original compositions — from new songs like Still Woman Enough (which shares its title and attitude with her 2002 autobiography and was cowritten with her daughter Patsy Lynn Russell) through fresh interpretations of classics including I’m a Honky Tonk Girl (originally released in 1960), You Ain’t Woman Enough (the title track for her first #1 album in 1966), My Love (from 1968’s Here’s Loretta Lynn), I Wanna Be Free (1971) and a deeply emotional Coal Miner’s Daughter Recitation, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the release of her signature song (1970) and album (1971). Loretta reunited with director David McClister to collaborate on Coal Miner’s Daughter Recitation. Shot on location at her ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., the video includes scenes filmed in her “Butcher Holler” replica home.

In addition to her original compositions, Still Woman Enough includes Loretta’s take on American traditional music (I Don’t Feel at Home Any More, Stephen Foster’s Old Kentucky Home), country-gospel (The Carter Family-popularized Keep On The Sunny Side, Where No One Stands Alone, I’ll Be All Smiles Tonight, Hank WilliamsI Saw the Light) and contemporary singer-songwriting (Shel Silverstein’s satirical view of motherhood, One’s On The Way, a hit for Loretta in 1971).

For the cover portrait on Still Woman Enough, Loretta’s wearing a newly designed couture dress — created especially for this album by her longtime dressmaker Tim Cobb, and inspired by the iconic gown she wore on the original Coal Miner’s Daughter album cover. Loretta’s said that Coal Miner’s Daughter is the song she’s most proud of having written; it’s the title of her 1976 memoir and the Oscar-winning 1980 film adaptation starring Sissy Spacek. With the autobiographical track, Lynn introduced the world to a crucial aspect of American life that was rarely acknowledged. Already a country star with chart-topping singles in the 1960s, Coal Miner’s Daughter led to a string of # 1 hits in the 1970s and became the first Lynn recording inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame. She was among a notable list of singer/songwriters who brought a woman’s perspective to country music.”