Loretta Lynn still touring, still candid, still country
ATLANTA — Few legends are as candid as Loretta Lynn. She has no script. Her frankness and sass haven’t diminished in 80 years. With more than 50 albums and almost 90 singles (16 went No. 1), Lynn’s pioneer status as a female country singer-songwriter is unparalleled.
She’s also still on the road several times a month and her life story is being turned into a Broadway show starring Zooey Deschanel.
Q: Are there any songs you feel you have to play but would rather not?
A: You have to do “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” They’re hollering right off the bat for that one. ... You just get to where you do some songs because (the audience) is gonna make you do them. They paid their admission.
Q: Do you keep in touch with Sissy Spacek?
A: We were together not too long ago. If anything happens for me, she’ll be there. We got real close making that movie.
Q: Your life story is headed to Broadway, and you picked Zooey Deschanel to portray you. What was it about her?
A: Back in the day, her and I were about the same size. We had the same color eyes. I told her that I was with Sissy for a year before “Coal Miner’s” so if you need me, let me know.”
Q: Your last album was about a decade ago.
A: I’ve got 60-something songs cut already. I’ve got a Christmas album, two religious albums. I’m gonna ... get ’em on the radio.
Q: Do you think you’ll do another collaboration, like you did in the ’90s with Tammy Wynette and Dolly Parton?
A: Me and my sisters were supposed to record together, but Crystal Gayle (her youngest sister) is so doggone slow! It takes her 10 years to walk across town. If they want to record with me, they know where I’m at.
Q: Who do you still want to record with?
A: Me and Merle Haggard are going to do a record. I want to record a song with him that he wrote, “Today I Started Loving You Again.” And Alan Jackson, I do love him.
Q: What do you think about the current Nashville scene?
A: Country today is like pop music was 40 years ago. ... I like the polished sound, even though I’m as country as corn bread.
Q: Do you consider yourself a feminist, with your songs such as “The Pill”?
A: I think I do. ... I had my opinions and I let everybody know it.
Q: What do you still want to accomplish?
A: I want to have more hits. Giving up is for quitters! No one says anything anymore (in songs). They need me out there.