Coal Miner’s Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn

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A star-studded lineup of artists signed on to celebrate on this tribute album the enduring music Loretta Lynn has produced over her 50-year career. Gretchen Wilson delivers a spitfire vocal on “Don’t Come Home A’Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind)” closely mimicking Loretta’s phrasing at times, while Lee Ann Womack’s version of “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl” is superb. Loretta herself appears along with Sheryl Crow and Miranda Lambert on the classic “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” in a version that hews closely to the original. Pairing “Undo It” singer Carrie Underwood with the tune “You’re Looking at Country” may disgruntle some country music purists, but her vocal is spot-on, even if the song’s sentiment is a stretch. Alan Jackson’s performance on his duet with Martina McBride on a stunning rendition of “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man” recalls the tune’s original male lead, Conway Twitty. On “You Ain’t Woman Enough (to Take My Man)” and “Rated X,” rockers Paramore and the White Stripes, respectively, prove that Loretta’s influence extends outside country music. This disc highlights a collection of substantial songs every bit as relevant today as they were in Loretta’s heyday.

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