new studio album
“Wouldn’t It Be Great”
One of the most deeply personal albums of Loretta Lynn’s career will be released on September 28. Comprised entirely of songs written or co-written by Loretta, the album premieres new compositions alongside soulful reinterpretations of enduring classics from her catalog.
“This new record means so much to me, but this last year I had to focus on my health and I decided to hold up the release,” said Loretta. “I’m feelin’ good and look forward to it comin’ out. It was really important to me to be a part of it being released and I’m excited to celebrate with everybody!”
“Wouldn’t It Be Great” is the last song Loretta wrote for her late husband, Oliver “Doolittle” Lynn. “Well,” Loretta observes, “my husband liked to drink a lot and that’s where that song comes from… ‘Say you love me just one time, with a sober mind’… I always liked that song but I never liked to sing it around Doo.”
“That song just always meant so much to me,” continues their daughter (and album co-producer) Patsy Lynn Russell, “because of the lyrics, you know, ‘when my fancy lace couldn’t turn your face,’ it was just so powerful and was a song that needed to be recorded for this album with Loretta. It shows just how masterful my mom is with writing down her feelings.”
In advance of the album’s release, the title track premieres on digital service providers today. Listen to it here.
A self-taught singer, songwriter and performer, Loretta Lynn is an archetype of American music, a singular artist whose music defined a genre and whose songs continue to inform new generations of musicians.
Loretta made waves in the American music world with 2016’s “Full Circle” her first album in more than a decade. A powerful return-to-form, acclaimed by fans and critics alike, the album debuted at No. 4 on Billboard’s country charts (Loretta’s 40th Top 10 country album and her highest-charting album ever on the Billboard 200) and was nominated for Best Country Album at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. Loretta followed “Full Circle” that same year with “White Christmas Blue” an album sending listeners on seasonal trip to Lynn’s hometown of Butcher Hollow, Kentucky during Christmastime.
Lynn is also one of the most awarded musicians of all time. She has been inducted into more music Halls of Fame than any female recording artist, including The Country Music Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and was the first woman to be named the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year in 1972.
Lynn received Kennedy Center Honors in 2003 and a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013. In 2015, she was named recipient of Billboard’s inaugural Women in Music “Legend” Award. Lynn has won four Grammy Awards, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 and sold more than 45 million records worldwide.
“Wouldn’t It Be Great” was recorded at the Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee, with producers Patsy Lynn Russell and John Carter Cash.
Loretta Lynn – “Wouldn’t It Be Great”
01. Wouldn’t It Be Great? (written by Loretta Lynn)
02. Ruby’s Stool (written by Loretta Lynn, Shawn Camp)
03. I’m Dying for Someone to Live For (written by Loretta Lynn, Shawn Camp)
04. Another Bridge to Burn (written by Loretta Lynn, Lola Jean Dillon)
05. Ain’t No Time to Go (written by Loretta Lynn, Patsy Lynn Russell)
06. God Makes No Mistakes (written by Loretta Lynn)
07. These Ole Blues (written by Loretta Lynn, Patsy Lynn Russell)
08. My Angel Mother (written by Loretta Lynn)
09. Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’ (written by Loretta Lynn, Peggy Sue Wells)
10. The Big Man (written by Loretta Lynn, Shawn Camp)
11. Lulie Vars (Traditional, arrangement by Loretta Lynn)
12. Darkest Day (written by Loretta Lynn)
13. Coal Miner’s Daughter (written by Loretta Lynn)
SOURCE: Legacy Recordings