Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and Country Music Hall of Fame member Loretta Lynn has been singing for more than 50 years. Her most notable hit, “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” is a tale of the American dream (her life story was presented in the 1980 film The Coal Miner’s Daughter as well). Lynn was born into poverty in the Kentucky hills town of Butcher Holler. She married young and worked her way to Nashville. She gave women a voice they hadn’t had before with songs like “Don’t Come Home A’Drinkin’ (with Lovin’ on Your Mind)” and the indelible “Fist City,” warning any woman who makes an advance on her man that she’ll issue a first-degree smackdown. She retired from the music business in the 1990s, but she returned to recording in 2000. Lynn’s 2004 release, Van Lear Rose, produced by Jack White, served as a popular resurgence for the singer, introducing her to a new generation of fans. For those not familiar with classic country, it’s understandable that they might perceive White as simply having taken an old country icon into the 21st century. But Lynn, now 76-year-old, was the take-no-bullshit woman of Nashville, long before Shania Twain and Miranda Lambert were born. Lynn has never held back the truth, singing freely for the everyday working-class fanbase that adores her. She comes at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center this Thursday after recovering from a bout of pneumonia in October that forced her to cancel several stops on her tour.
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