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Loretta Lynn Gets Candid with AARP Magazine

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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.

Loretta Lynn Proves She’s Still Got It on ‘Today’

Loretta Lynn has still got it and she proved it when she stopped by The Today Show to perform “Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven.” The song is off her album, Full Circle; which was produced by Patsy Lynn Russell and John Carter Cash, and recorded at the Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee, takes listeners on a journey through Loretta’s musical story, from the Appalachian folk songs and gospel music she learned as a child, to new interpretations of her classic hits and country standards, to songs newly-written for the project.

Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl to Premier March 4th on PBS

Inducted into more music Halls of Fame than any female recording artist to date, Loretta Lynn has earned four Grammy Awards, Kennedy Center Honors and a Presidential Medal of Freedom, and sold more than 45 million records worldwide. Still going strong after more than 50 years, “The Queen of Country Music” is now the subject of the new documentary American Masters — Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl, premiering Friday, March 4th at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) during Women’s History Month as part of the 30th anniversary season of THIRTEEN’s American Masters series. The world premiere broadcast is the same day as the release of Lynn’s first new studio album in over 10 years, Full Circle.

American Masters — Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl explores Lynn’s hard-fought road to stardom, her struggles to balance her marriage to Oliver “Doolittle” Lynn and six children with her music career, her friendships and collaborations with Spacek, Patsy Cline, Conway Twitty, Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash and music producer Owen Bradley, along with her life on the road, her Nashville and Hurricane Mills communities, her songwriting inspirations and her music’s lasting impact on her peers and fans.

“She’s written anti-war anthems, songs about birth control, pregnancy and divorce, all with a sincerity and honesty that transcends music genres, politics and gender,” said executive producer Elizabeth Trojian of Yap Films Inc.

“You couldn’t make up a better example of the American Dream than Loretta Lynn’s astonishing rags-to-riches story. Her 48-year marriage to Doo and their rare partnership is also one of the great love stories of our times,” said executive producer Elliott Halpern of Yap Films Inc.

“You don’t have to know country music to love Loretta Lynn,” said Michael Kantor, executive producer of American Masters. “Somehow the Lynn family makes you feel like there is a little country in all of us.”

“Being part of the American Masters series makes you feel like, “Hey, I really have accomplished something great,” said Lynn.

Get a Sneak Peek at American Masters – Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl

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Calling all Loretta Lynn fans: circle March 4 on your calendar!

The iconic singer’s new documentary, American Masters – Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl, will premiere the same day as the release of Full Circle, her first new studio album in more than 10 years.

The film celebrates the Queen of Country’s hard-fought road to success and features never-before-seen home movies and performances, along with interviews with Lynn and the famous friends she’s inspired – including Miranda Lambert, Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Jack White and Sheryl Crow.

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“Oh heavens, I never thought of anything like this when I was a kid,” says Kentucky native Lynn, 83, in the documentary. “Growing up in Butcher Hollow, that’s where you’ll stay.

“When I started singing, why I looked at the song book and thought, ‘Well heck, this is easy,'” she says. “So I threw the song book down and wrote my own songs.”

Lambert, an avid fan, sums up the key to Lynn’s superstardom: “Loretta always just said exactly what she was going through right then in her music,” she says. “That’s why it resonates with us.”

To see other stars sing Lynn’s praises, catch American Masters – Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl, debuting Friday, March 4 at 9 p.m. on PBS.

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