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Loretta Lynn: Still Woman Enough

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In 1960, at just 24, Loretta Lynn was a wife of 11 years, a mother of four, and a newly signed recording artist. With “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl,” the first song Lynn ever wrote, she effectively ended her hard-laboring ranch life. But she never abandoned her roots. Lynn’s songs continued to address working women and their struggles, from drunk husbands—“Don’t Come Home A’ Drinking (With Lovin’ on Your Mind)”—to birth control (“The Pill”). Affectionately known as the Coal Miner’s Daughter, for her autobiographical song of that name, the 88-year-old country legend, whose voice remains smooth and slightly twanged, and whose songs continue to draw on honky-tonk steel guitar and banjo breakdowns, releases her first album in three years, one that reimagines her own classics as well as country standards. —C.J.F.

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