Loretta Lynn released her 50th studio album, Still Woman Enough, on March 19.
Let that sink in for a second. 50. That’s not even taking into account the 10 albums she released with Conway Twitty from 1971 to 1981. But for her seventh decade on the charts, the 88-year-old country icon had made making music sounds easy.
Loretta Features Strong Women
Loretta’s new 13-song offering, which was produced by Patsy Lynn Russell and John Carter Cash, features seven new versions of tunes from her past catalog, including “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “Honky Tonk Girl,” “I Wanna Be Free,” and more.
Loretta also got a little help from some of her famous friends. She collaborates with Reba McEntire and Carrie Underwood on the new title track, “Still Woman Enough,” which Loretta penned with her daughter, Patsy Lynn Russell.
“I am just so thankful to have some of my friends join me on my new album,” said Loretta. “We girl singers gotta stick together. 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.”
“This is the first time I have had the honor of getting to sing with Loretta,” said Carrie Underwood in a behind-the-scenes video. “I’ve sang for Loretta, I’ve sang around Loretta, but I’ve never sang with Loretta. All of those things are great, but this is just the icing on the cake.”
“Loretta has been strong all her life,” added Reba McEntire. “And that’s something that she taught me, just like my mama taught me: ‘You be strong, you take up for yourself.’ And to get to sing the song ‘Still Woman Enough’ with her, that’s an anthem that women need to carry forever.”
Always the ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’
Perhaps the album’s most powerful moment is Loretta’s poignant recitation of “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”
Released in 1970, “Coal Miner’s Daughter” became Loretta’s signature hit. The tune topped the chart in 1970 and inspired the 1980 film of the same name, which starred Oscar-winner Sissy Spacek.
Last year, director David McClister filmed a new video of Loretta’s recitation at her ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. Loretta’s new interpretation of the song—accompanied by sparse instrumentation—is a moving tribute to not only her father and roots, but also her iconic career.
Loretta Lynn – Still Woman Enough
- “Still Woman Enough” feat. Reba McEntire and Carrie Underwood
- “Keep On The Sunny Side”
- “Honky Tonk Girl”
- “I Don’t Feel At Home Any More”
- “Old Kentucky Home”
- “Coal Miner’s Daughter Recitation”
- “One’s On The Way” feat. Margo Price
- “I Wanna Be Free”
- “Where No One Stands Alone”
- “I’ll Be All Smiles Tonight”
- “I Saw The Light”
- “My Love”
- “You Ain’t Woman Enough” feat. Tanya Tucker