SXSW Review: Loretta Lynn, March 17, Stubb’s

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She’s the Coal Miner’s Daughter. She’s a legend of country music. She’s been at it for more than 50 years. When you get a chance to see Loretta Lynn, you take it.

The 83 year old just recently released Full Circle, her 47th studio album and she was playing the BBC’s showcase at Stubb’s in support of it. Not that Lynn cared that much about playing the new songs. “Whatever you want to hear, just holler it out and if I don’t know it, get up here and sing it yourself.” she said and when she later asked the crowd what they wanted to hear after playing her version of Patsy Cline’s “She’s Got You,” her son and guitarist Ernie offered up a suggestion.

“Miss Loretta? That new record you mentioned that’s selling so well? Why don’t we play one off of that?” And even though she decided that the crowd didn’t really want to hear that, the band launched into it anyways. Loretta wasn’t having any of that and shut the band down, choosing to play another song instead. While she may not be in her prime anymore, Loretta Lynn stiil sounds great, she’s still a consummate performer and that incident with her band proves that you don’t want to mess around with Loretta.

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