Loretta Lynn: ‘Work Keeps Me Going’
Loretta Lynn is 82 years old, but she has no plans for retirement anytime soon.
The country legend will deliver a string of new albums under a new deal with Legacy Recordings, culled from new material that she has been writing and recording since 2007. The albums will focus on new songs, as well as new recordings of some country classics and even new renditions of her own classic catalog, and also include gospel and Appalachian folk songs that Lynn learned from her mother while growing up in Kentucky. The first of those collections is due this year.
"I’ve been working my butt off," the legend tells Nashville's Tennessean newspaper. “It used to be that I had to work. Now I don’t have to, but I want to. I think work keeps me going."
Lynn will also reunite with Jack White -- who produced her 2004 comeback album, 'Van Lear Rose' -- when she opens for him at his gig at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday (Jan. 28). She hopes to teach him ‘Are You Mine,’ her 1965 duet with Ernest Tubb, so they can duet on it during her set.
“I love that kid,” she admits. “It’s gonna be good to sing with him again … I got to thinking that this song would be good for me and Jack to do because it would go back to when I started."
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