It's been five years since Loretta Lynn's Grammy-winning collaboration with Jack White but it seemed even longer at last night's Celebrity Theatre show, where the Van Lear Rose era seemed long forgotten.
Sure, a few curious hipsters made their way down to the show, but, for the most part it was a good ol' country crowd, appropriately appreciative of the chance to hear the legendary 74-year-old Kentucky native's older material and none too dissapointed when Lynn, who took requests for much of her set, said she couldn't remember the title track, "Van Lear Rose." In fact, she didn't play a single song from the record that resurrected her standing in the wider pop music conscious in her hour and 15 minute set. Not that anyone seemed to mind.
Last Night: Loretta Lynn at Celebrity Theatre
Personal Bias: The last time I saw Loretta was in Charlottesville, Va., where Sissy Spacek, who won an Oscar depicting Lynn in Coal Miner's Daughter, joined Lynn onstage for at least half the show, singing her songs from the movie. I knew it was special at the time, but it seems even more special now. So, yeah, I like Loretta Lynn a lot, though that show was on the Van Lear Rose tour, meaning I heard quite a few of her more-recent greats.
Random Fact: Patsy Lynn claimed her mom's released over 100 albums. I didn't count all these to confirm it, but I believe it. Even for a 50-year career, that's mind-blowing.
Further Listening: I know this is a lame-ass hipster thing to say, but I think "Portland, Oregon" is in my five favorite LL songs. Oh, and be sure to check out our latest Sun Session, where local girl Dakota Jeane took on "Honky Tonk Girl."
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One More Thing: No one knows how to hawk merch like country singers. Patsy's spiel about shirts and CDs on sale would have turned off a rock audience, but it's pretty well accepted by country crowds.