Loretta Lynn is featured in the April/May issue of AARP magazine that hits newsstands tomorrow. In her own words, Loretta talks about the nearly 84 years of an extraordinary life that spans from the rural hills to becoming a country music icon.
Throughout the years, Loretta has continuously stayed true to herself. That has helped her reach across genres and generations, earning the respect of seemingly unlikely folks. She considers Jack White a good friend and musical inspiration.
“There’s no age in music. Me and Jack White, who produced my last record, have this thing: We always know what the other one’s fixing to say or do. Whenever I need to hear about anything new – whether it’s rock ‘n’ roll or country – I just call Jack.”
It’s because of her ability to reach across economical, gender and musical lines that have earned Loretta the respect of many, including President Barack Obama, who awarded the singer with the Presidential Medal of Honor.
“I was so excited when Barack Obama fastened the Presidential Medal of Freedom around my neck that I don’t remember if I said thank you. But if you’re not thankful about something like that, you don’t deserve it.”
Ironically, the song that made Loretta the most famous through the ages, wasn’t planned. It was an accidental, simplistic confession of truth because Loretta was simply a “Coal Miner’s Daughter”… Nothing more…nothing less.
“During a dinner break in a Wilburn Brothers show, I took my guitar to the bathroom, sat down and strummed, ‘Well, I was born a coal miner’s daughter.” I didn’t really mean to write about it, but as soon as I sang that, I remember thinking to myself, You Know, that could be a good song!”
You can read more from Loretta in AARP magazine, on newsstands tomorrow.