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2017 is shaping up as the year of Loretta Lynn. On the verge of turning 85, the unstoppable Queen of Country is revving it up with a new album and tour. On the heels of two sold-out birthday shows at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium 4/14 and 4/15, Lynn’s embarking on a 30-date tour to promote her new album, Wouldn’t It Be Great (Legacy Recordings), out 8/18.
The new release shines a bright light on Lynn’s songwriting–her bread and butter since she arrived in Nashville in the 1960s with a notebook full of vivid, genre-changing tunes based on the hard truths her own life. The new album comes on the heels of 2016s Grammy-nominated Full Circle, her first album in more than a decade.
Wouldn’t It Be Great weaves a tapestry of Lynn’s lengthy career. It unveils three new tracks, new recordings of recent favorites (“God Makes No Mistakes” from 2004’s Jack White-produced Van Lear Rose), as well as a dusting off of classics such as “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and the first of her 16 Country chart-toppers “Don’t Come Home ‘A Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind).”
"I think you try to do better with every record you put out," Lynn said of Wouldn't It Be Great. "It's just everyday living–and everybody wants to know, 'Well, what is it about your songs that people like?' I think you've got to tell your stories. I just think it hits everybody, you know, the songs.”
Lynn’s has sold 45 million records, won four Grammys, a Presidential Medal of Freedom, a spot in the Country Music Hall of Fame and countless other accolades.
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is also celebrating Lynn's career this year. As part of a 50th anniversary commemoration, the museum is mounting an exhibition on the the Queen's life, art and music, starting 8/25.