Loretta Lynn’s Daughter Feels ‘Great Responsibility’ to Continue Her Mother’s ‘Legacy’

by Madison Miller

With a massive and ongoing career of over six decades in country music, fans expect a lot from the new album from Loretta Lynn. Today (March 19), Lynn released “Still Woman Enough.” It is her 50th studio album.

The album is meant to pay tribute to women of country music. There’s a specific shoutout to some known as the “founding mothers” of country music. She performs with artists like Reba McEntire, Margo Price, Tanya Tucker, and Carrie Underwood on the new album.

The project is a collection of her most famous hits from throughout the years. It also features songs from artists like Stephen Foster, the Carter Family, and Hank Williams.

To make the project that much more special, Lynn’s own daughter, Patsy Lynn Russell, serves as one of the producers. The other is John Carter Cash, the son of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash.

Living Out the Legacy of Loretta Lynn

As a producer of the album, Patsy helped to ensure that the sounds and quality of Lynn’s music isn’t lost.

“I feel a great responsibility to ensure my mother’s legacy; I use that word a lot, but it’s just the truth. The music of artists like Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Merle Haggard, Charley Pride and others would be lost unless their recordings are kept intact and in-print for discovery and appreciation by future generations. I feel it’s my job to make sure my mom’s musical legacy never gets lost,” Patsy Lynn Russell said, according to American Songwriter.

With hits like “You Ain’t Woman Enough,” “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl,” and “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” Lynn has long been one of the leading ladies of country music. Russell said that her mother claims she “never meant to be a trailblazer.” I guess that’s not the kind of thing someone really anticipates or expects.

Russell has always had pretty stellar respect and admiration for her mother. She grew up thinking her mother was just like any other mom, which is what most kids think.

She said that changed after a performance in Las Vegas, Nevada. Suddenly, she realized the weight of her mother’s ongoing impact.

“I was thinking, ‘My mother’s music invoked that emotion, and all of these people are here to see her,’ and all of a sudden, it dawned on me … My attitude changed on it, too: I was like, ‘This is badass!'” Russell said.

Being Her Mom’s Manager

Beyond being a mother, Loretta Lynn was out changing the entire face of country music. She helped to inspire the next generation of artists.

Russell works for Loretta Lynn Enterprises as her mother’s manager. She is also the co-producer of “Patsy & Loretta,” co-author of the book about Lynn’s relationship to Patsy Cline, and co-writer of several of Lynn’s newer songs. At one point, Russell and her twin had recorded two albums together in a group called the Lynns.

Alongside Carter Cash, the two have recorded over 100 songs with Lynn over the years. They appear on releases like “Full Circle,” “Wouldn’t It Be Great,” and “Still Woman Enough.”

Listen to the new album here.